In the first panel, social partners, including Delphine Rudelli (Ceemet Director General), representatives from the world of education and from the European Commission shared their views about the education system’s readiness for the green transition in light of the presented research.
In the second panel, the focus was put on digital learning solutions vs. digital literacy. Representatives from BusinessEurope, the Austrian Ministry of Education, CEDEFOP and the European Commission discussed possible tools and solutions to develop computing and digital literacy of the youngest generations. On the way towards the green transition and the role of the formal education, Ceemet recalled that stronger cooperation has to be established between education and training providers and the industry . This is the only way for curricula and education and training programmes to be adapted according to the changing labour market needs in terms of green skills. If this is not the case, it will be extremely difficult for companies to manage this transition which is happening at an accelerated pace.
According to Delphine Rudelli “The green transition will not happen if companies and workers don’t work hand in hand for the upskilling and reskilling of the workforce. But, public authorities should also play their part in accompanying the industry and putting in place the right framework for skills policies to be implemented.”
During the event, Ceemet shared the case of the automotive industry where the skills/competences needed in the production of the electrical vehicle are certainly digital but are also part of the equation for the automotive sector to become greener and to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions. This example provided the opportunity to also stress that teachers and educators need to foster continuous training and up and re-skilling as well as to better understand the business environment in order for them to acquire “green skills that are also labour market-driven”.