Title Developing Employability via Environmental Action
Project Number UK/12/LLP-LdV/TOI-567
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text DEvEA is an innovative project developing employability skills in Europe in the context of environmental action. These skills will be developed through the transfer of materials from the UK to partners in the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. Through this work the project will utilise specialist knowledge within the partnership to develop employability tools and measures that can be adapted to local circumstances.
Summary The overall aim of the project was to transfer a range of innovative mechanisms for supporting learners in building, validating and valorising their employability skills developed in the context of environmental action to other European countries via partner organisations in the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. Following this transfer partners adapted the materials to their regional context and delivered a series of pilot projects using them.
The overall aim of the project was to transfer a range of innovative mechanisms for supporting learners in building, validating and valorising their employability skills developed in the context of environmental action to other European countries via partner organisations in the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.
The rationale of the project was based around the need to provide enhanced employability support for people in the labour market who are engaged by and involved in environmental issues.
In each of the participating countries there is significant youth unemployment alongside large numbers of young people participating in environmental activism and volunteering, which provides an excellent context to support them in developing their employability, both in terms of skills for the environmental sector and 'soft' transferable skills.
The DEvEA project partnership comprised organisations from the public, private and third sectors active in the green economy in the UK, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain and the project has adapted and tested employability support materials originated in the UK via pilot employment and training pilot projects within the energy efficiency, environmental impact assessment and solar energy sub-sectors of the green economy delivered in the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.
Outcomes have included employability support, qualifications and job outcomes delivered via the pilot projects, alongside longer term impacts focused upon strengthening links between VET systems, providers and qualifications for the environmental sector and the world of work within the green economy.
For the target group of unemployed people, the long term impact of being supported in finding employment in their target occupation has had major positive impacts on their access to career progression opportunities and future earning potential over the long term.
Within the environmental sector, the project has also forged durable links between VET and the world of work by supporting the development of long-term partnerships between employers and local training providers within the public, private and third sectors. Furthermore, one of the key aims achieved was to mainstream project activities by embedding specialist, occupationally specific employability support within the ongoing vocational training and employment support provision delivered by the project partners. This has the potential to support both the ongoing delivery of job outcomes for people from the target groups and bespoke training programmes that address the skills needs of employers within the green economy beyond the project lifetime.
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
material for open learning
At the end of the project the partnership can celebrate a number of successes. We have successfully transferred a suite of employability and training materials from London to partners in Amsterdam, Krakow and Seville where they have been adapted and used successfully in the local context as a practical tool in the delivery of Pilot Projects. The Pilot Projects varied in terms of topic but are all focused on engaging different sections of society who are unemployed.
In Amsterdam they focused their pilot project on household energy efficiency advice and the installation of small measures, in Krakow the focus was on supporting recent environmental science graduates, and in Seville the work was focused on re-training former construction working in the photovoltaic sector.
Alongside the practical delivery of the regional pilot projects partners worked through an analysis of the approach and process whilst disseminating best practice.
This analysis complemented by an external evaluation process was set out in a series of project documents analysing the work of the project whilst putting the work in appropriate policy contexts with suggestions for future development.