Green skills and innovation for inclusive employment growth

Better skills for green jobs are indispensable to accelerate the transition to an inclusive green economy. Ensuring access to training and promoting green innovation through entrepreneurship, especially among youth, must be part of a joint approach by governments and the private sector.

News | 21 February 2014
These are some of the key conclusions of the 2nd Green Skills Forum organized by OECD LEED and CEDEFOP, in Paris on Friday, 14 February. International experts and representatives of UN agencies attended this forum which focused on two main themes:
  1. How can low carbon activities be key to competitive and inclusive growth?
  2. What are the new approaches for strategic policy coordination for a low carbon economy?
The ILO participated as a member of the Interagency Working Group on Greening Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Skills Development. The most recent publication of this working group is the set of G20 policy recommendations Meeting skill needs for green jobs.

The focus on inclusiveness and equity, through skills development, mirrors the growing interest for the distributional impact of the transition to greener economies. The ILO’s continuing work on assessing the potential for green jobs at country and sector level, as well as the skills shortages for green jobs, is an important contribution to the shaping of policy advice for national governments and social partners.