Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Green IT is a new approach for the IT industry. A report from the German Environment Ministry, affirms that Europe can revitalize its economy by a massive burst of investment in green technologies aimed at reducing emissions by 30% by 2020 on 1990 levels. This is fully in line with former policy papers but surpasses the potential impact. At the same time, labor markets are being affected. Many Member States are looking at creating high value added and sustainable greener economies. These are essential for the creation of more jobs and for meeting the climate/energy targets. This situation brings the necessity to support workforce adaptability by providing the proper training in the field. This project has defined a set of new qualifications and skills profiles for the Sustainable ICT area or Green IT, and has developed a set of 5 defined professions in this field. For those professions, learning outcomes were set up. Those profiles are accompanied by guidelines for training institutions.
The GRIN-CH Project developed Sustainable ICT job profiles, identifying knowledge, skills and competence needs in order to support transparency and increase the availability of professionals at European level. These were mapped with established frameworks such as EQF and eCF and contributed to reach the policy goals of the EU. The job profiles are accompanied by training guidelines, specially designed and supported for VET institutions in order to establish appropriate measures that can fulfill the needs of the IT sector with a sustainable approach. The results of the GRIN-CH project, are a common reference material to adapt in each country the necessary trainings for Sustainable ICT jobs.
The GRIN-CH project allowed a proposal for a better learning and mobility across Europe, and improved the quality and efficiency of education and training. Furthermore, it facilitated professional insertion and employability for people which will fulfill market needs in a field where lack of well trained professionals is obvious.
Note: as the “Green IT” subject has become increasingly important within EU policies, it has been replaced by the term "Sustainable ICT", therefore this term has been used for the final outcomes of the project.
GRIN-CH was a project of a consortium of 7 European partner organizations from 7 different countries. The project partners were from Switzerland, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Sweden and Belgium.
The GRIN-CH Project addressed the shortage of skilled professionals in the Sustainable ICT field, a shortage that is due to its recent emergence. It analysed the market needs, the existing trainings available for the different components and competences, and defined a professional standard in the participating European countries. To make qualifications and profiles more transparent, it referred the identified skills and competences to the - EQF and e-Competences Framework- e-CF.
This approach lead to a better transparency and recognition of learning outcomes and qualifications through a transparent and adapted to market needs professional model. As a consequence, employment of professionals and their mobility across Europe has been reinforced. Training organisations were advised on the content and skills that should be trained in the field of Sustainable ICT.
Coherency between market needs analysed by the partnership, for a reference training profile model that was furthermore evaluated by key stakeholders was the right key to ensure and to promote efficient acquisition of key competencies in VET, as requested by the LLP priority.
The expected impact of the GRIN-CH project, considering the different target groups was:
- Improved training offers for Sustainable ICT jobs adapted to European market needs
- Reduced mismatch between trained competencies and competencies needed on the labour market
- Increased attractiveness of qualifications in Sustainable ICT
- More students, since modular training approach (with ECVET) makes further vocational training and lifelong learning in general more attractive to professionals on the labour market.
Employers/organisations/companies operating in the field of Sustainable ICT :
- More transparency of qualifications in the field of Sustainable ICT at European level
- Easier recruiting of appropriate staff
- Lower inhibitions to employ qualified professionals of other European member states
- Increased availability of skilled professionals.
Workers in the Green IT field
- Added competitive advantage through improved into Sustainable ICT
- Increased employability through not yet wide-spread competences
- Increased mobility opportunities through a European approach.
- Motivation for improvement of own competences and participation in further vocational trainings.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
description of new occupation profiles
program or curricula
The Main innovative elements and outcomes foreseen by the development of GRIN-CH project were:
1. Definition of a set of 5 European qualification profiles for jobs in the field of Sustainable ICT that are 1. Evolving in SMEs; 2. Based on current job market needs; 3. Dealing with Internet/ mobile new technologies; 4. Focusing on ICT users; and 5. Focusing of innovation as a driver of economy and employment mapping knowledge, competences and skills aligned to the eCF/EQF.
2. Guidelines for training institutions complying to the principles of the ECVET so that they can set up training offers in the field of Sustainable ICT professions accordingly.