Learn Circular Skills

“Like all major transitions in human history, the shift from a linear to a circular economy will be a tumultuous one. It will feature heroes and pioneers, naysayers and obstacles, and moments of victory and doubt. If we persevere, however, we will put our economy back on a path of growth and sustainability. “ 
Frans van Houte

The European Commission adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package, that will help stimulate Europe’s transition towards a circular economy, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs. The Package consists of an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy that establishes a program of action, aimed to “closing the loop” of products through recycling and re-use.

Circular Skills aims are to create three training modules in the field of the circular economy:

Small-medium
enterprises

Unemployed
people

Vocational Education and Training employees

What is Circular Skill

CIRCULAR SKILLS understands, that this is a multi-faces challenge. For the economy to become truly circular, all stakeholders need to get involved: public authorities, businesses, trade unions, civil society and especially educators and trainer. We want future educators to be able to combine circular economy expertise with their own competence. We believe that when today’s learners are ready to enter employment, the circular economy will be the only way of operating.

The Method

The sustainable use of the results is crucial for CIRCULAR SKILLS. Collecting and documenting the methodology in training modules is considered by the partnership as a first step. The methods will be the source of the curriculum. Since the results are relevant for all education sectors and provide pathways for the recognition of the importance of circular life skills will be explored for access programmes. The project will have established links with researchers and innovative thinkers in Universities within and beyond the EU.

The Project

CIRCULAR SKILLS CIRCULAR SKILLS will be
combined out of three phases and will produce
three products.

Desktop-Research

The first phase will be a desktop-research on identifying smart practices in teaching and applying circular economy principles.

Need Assessment

Parallel a need assessment will be launched to understand the demands of the education provider and the learners in the partnership countries. The results will be presented at Transnational Meetings and will result in an assessment system for smart practices, suited for the self-assessment of educators.

Training Modules

The collected practices are reviewed and used to co-design three training modules:

  1. helping SMEs to adapt to the main aspects of the circular economy,
  2. focused on learners, providing them with the skills to apply circular economy principles in their work life,
  3. helping socio-economic disadvantaged learners to gain the skills to start their own businesses.

The Partnership

Circular Skills is a project created through a strategic partnership between six countries: Sweden, Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and wants to become a reference point for the countries involved on a central theme such as the circular economy to seize the opportunities of the “circular advantage”.