Title Structuring of work related competences in chemical engineering
Project Number 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-66726
Product STRENGTH need analysis
Title STRENGTH need analysis
Product Type website
Marketing Text As a part of the STRENGTH Leonardo da Vinci Project, a deep analysis of the current status and of a set of National Reports elaborated by all participating countries (ES, BG, SI, and UK) has been carried out to determine the need of green jobs and related green skills, and restructuring of competences, particularly in the field of Chemical Engineering. All this information was analyzed bearing in mind the interrelation between Industry and Education.
The European Union green good and services sector more than doubled in size in the last decade, according to latest figures released by European Commission Eurostat. As a result, the European Union’s new strategy for sustainable growth and jobs, Europe 2020, puts again innovation and green growth at the heart of its blueprint for competitiveness. The green economy comprises a myriad of jobs and it could be concluded that the growth of green jobs employment is in parallel with its intensification. The information in the National Reports suggests that employment in green economy as well as in traditional industries, which are becoming green, increases with sustainable rate and particularly throughout the recent years of crisis. Shifting workers out of the crisis-hit construction and tourism sectors and into “green and ecological” jobs is a priority; and this transition needs to be accomplished by implementing well-designed policies. In the Project Members’ National Strategies on Employment, initiatives for increasing employment in green industries and the promotion of green jobs are foreseen. The subsidising employment in green jobs was launched in all Partners countries simultaneously including them in the national classification of professions.
The National Reports agree that greening the economy and the corresponding education is a multi-dimensional challenge and therefore must be addressed through specific measures at the sectorial level that include targeted economic, employment and skills-development education policies. Particularly the Chemical Engineering should adapt its current curriculum programs to meet the new challenges and the needs of inclusion of the green chemistry and engineering principles. One of the most attractive approaches to acquired new (green) competencies is to apply a mixed teaching strategy and courses in non-engineering university disciplines. In STRENGTH project 5 competence areas are defined per occupational field: Environmental Health and Safety; Biotechnology; Food Science & Technology; Agricultural Engineering; Pharmaceutical Technology. All these areas are closely related to Chemical Engineering and offer immense possibilities for chemical engineers to increase their curriculum with specific green skills.
Target group Trainees, Apprentices, Teachers, Trainers, VET professionals, School/Institution managers, Employers, Decision makers
Result Report on description of qualifications for Green Jobs development at country (Spain, Bulgaria, Slovenia, UK) level with a special emphasis on Chemical Engineering and related fields.
Area of application Chemical Engineering area of education; Competences; Green abilities.