Introduction to the course and program
About this course
Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is the greatest challenge, and opportunity.
The green economy is a complex process. It not only represents the transition from a traditional economy to a greener one, but it presupposes a radical change in the structure, culture, and practices that characterize societies; it is a crosscutting challenge, and an opportunity for the recovery of Europe.
Attention to environmental sustainability increasingly represents the new frontier of European employment. The increase in the demand for experts in the various areas of environmental sustainability is already significantly characterizing the labor market, and will be progressively more so in the future. The need for green skills, and the adoption of new technologies in the field of sustainability represents a fundamental aspect of economic growth on a global level.
Green startups find their natural outlet in different sectors. However, there is an untapped potential to take a path that can create other green jobs. Green companies need qualified personnel to expand their markets, and often fail to meet their demand.
A consortium of six organizations from Romania (Asociatia uzinaduzina), Italy (Co-labory), Cyprus (CCIF), Grece (INNOVATION HIVE), Spain (ACD LA HOYA), Croatia (Udruga Murtila), reviewed international studies on the behavior of young people towards the environment, and their knowledge of the green economy, noting the importance of creating "young green entrepreneurs" who can enter the constantly evolving world of work.
Continuous learning is beneficial for acquiring new skills or sharpening existing ones because that specific outcome becomes a lifestyle so hard it can be forgotten. In addition, training is about feeding the brain, and the person as a whole. Consequently, training people on a common interest topic needs to be done by organizations with a holistic approach, rather than one-off activities, at three different levels: strategic, tactical, and operational.
The main goal of our project, and this Result is contributing to entrepreneurship development, and creating new job places.
The current program (GreenCamp) helps youth organizations to equip young people with skills, and knowledge in areas such as Green economy, and entrepreneurship, Ecological Transition, Circular economy, Funding sources for green businesses at the European level, Reality experience, practical training - work on real projects project-based learning, and solving real problems.
It does so at the strategic planning level but also the tactical intervention level.
Moreover, the program sets out a methodology to operationalize the strategy at the activity level, through non-formal education activities, and tools, with examples of good practices across Europe. It offers young people the opportunity to train independently.
This opportunity is reached through a set of practical solutions: capacity building of partner organizations, design of the open, innovative accelerated educational program for green, and entrepreneurship skills, and mentorship, an online mentorship platform for young people who will need support in further development of their business ideas in the green sector.
At the end of this Program, the young people will gain green knowledge, and skills to start their own business or find a job in the green sector; new, and existing entrepreneurs will gain practical advice from mentors for taking their business up to a new level; the organizations from different sectors will have practical, tested acceleration program for green, and entrepreneurship skills for creating new job places, and economic growth.
Climate action is already providing the jobs and opportunities of the future.
The transition to a climate-neutral economy will trigger a fundamental transformation across a wide range of sectors. New jobs will be created, while some jobs will be replaced and others redefined.
We need to:
-promote and support green employment
-address the skilling and reskilling of workers
-anticipate changes in workplaces of the future
GreenComp is a reference framework for sustainability competences. It provides a common ground to learners and guidance to educators, advancing a consensual definition of what sustainability as a competence entails.
The main goal of this Program (Genesis Startup Camp) is to equip young people with skills and knowledge in the green sector and entrepreneurship.