Green jobs for sustainable development: Concepts and practices

This course is designed to give participants full flexibility over their learning journey. It will enable participants to understand the relevant concepts but also to enter into an exchange with follow students and ILO experts to share their country experiences and needs. The course will allow participants to become leaders on green jobs within their institutional and country context.

Introduction to the course

The environment and the world of work are inherently inter-connected. Businesses and jobs depend on natural resources, ecosystem services and nature at large. Thus, economic and social development hinge on a healthy environment. Already today the effects from climate change and environmental degradation can be felt globally, disrupting and eroding the foundations of millions of jobs and livelihoods. The need for a just transition to a low-carbon and resource efficient economy is of particular urgency and requires adjustments throughout all occupations, businesses and economies as a whole.

While in some instances disruptive, the transition to more just societies and economies comes with huge opportunities to boost the economy, create more jobs and improve workplace quality. According to ILO research, the implementation of the Paris Agreement bears the chance to create 18 million more jobs by 2030 compared to carrying on with business-as-usual.

To ensure such positive employment effects, it needs deliberate efforts by governments, businesses and workers to shape the pathway towards a greener economy. This requires knowledge of the key concepts around green jobs.

The e-learning course “Green jobs for sustainable development: concepts and practices” therefore provides an interactive e-learning opportunity to explore green jobs concepts and emerging practices. Through a review of tools, selected literature and best practices, participants are introduced to the labour-market implications of the transition to greener and more sustainable economies. The action-oriented curriculum is structured to promote the design and implementation of green jobs policies, programmes and projects.

This course responds to the need among ILO constituents, staff and development partners who seek capacity building opportunities to be accessible in a flexible format. As all other ITCILO training courses on green jobs, it aims at contributing to the formulation and implementation of national policy and strategies and at enabling dialogue between all concerned stakeholders.

Who attends this course?

The course is addressed to a mixed audience of professionals interested gaining a deeper understanding of the basic concepts around green jobs, the linkages with the ILO agenda and the sustainable development framework. This includes:
  • Government representatives
  • Social partners
  • Practitioners engaged in the fields of sustainable development and employment promotion
  • Staff from national and international development agencies, and
  • Representatives from civil society organizations and academia
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