The EU suffers from systemic weaknesses in its skills base, which limits its productivity and competitiveness in today’s economy and reduces its capacity to exploit the opportunities offered by green growth. The adoption and dissemination of clean technologies require skills in technology application, adaptation, and maintenance. Skills are also crucial for economies and businesses to rapidly adapt to
changes. Skills development is a critical driver of change, triggering green investment and technological innovation, and bringing sustainable innovations into markets at competitive prices. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are likely to require assistance in upgrading the skills of their employees. Developing green skills is part of the broader challenge faced by SMEs of increasing their strategic
We present a report from a survey conducted at the turn of 2020 and 2021 among companies operating in the areas of the green and blue economy in 5 partner countries (Lithuania, Germany, Sweden, Poland, and Denmark). The surveys addressed companies operating in five economic sectors: renewable energy, green building, clean transport, water management, and waste management.
Thanks to the survey we wanted to verify how the situation on the labor market looks like in the above-mentioned sectors and examine the needs of companies in terms of hiring new employees. We know how important it is to match the skills of young people to the needs of the current and future labor market. We hope that through the knowledge gained through the survey and the activities undertaken in the project we will be able to create conditions for the development of these competencies, which are most valued by employers.