Towards a Circular Economy: Competences for Youth
On 1 June 2022, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Circular Economy – Sustainable Competences for Youth (CESCY) project will jointly host an interactive conference with experts in circular economy competences and youth, policy makers, academics and business representatives.
The event will present the key results and recommendations researched and addressed by CESCY since 2019. The participants will learn more about the outputs from the CESCY project, and will also be given the opportunity to share their views on the topics at stake, as well as to hear from speakers and participants from different sectors and backgrounds.
Below are a few of the questions that the CESCY consortium has researched and addressed:
- What kind of competences are needed for the transition to a circular economy?
- How can young people acquire and develop the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes?
- What can education institutions, but also youth organisations, decision makers and companies do to support young people in acquiring and developing such competences?
As the project is now coming to an end, key results and recommendations are ready to be presented and valuable tools are ready to be shared and used.
The CESCY partners have been working on the following outputs:
- Mapping the state of play of circular economy and sustainability implementation in several European countries
- Research on competences for youth in the circular economy labour market
- Recommendations for circular economy and sustainable practices implementation
- Competence framework on circular economy and sustainability for youth work
- Manual for practitioners to work with the competence framework
- MOOC on Circular Economy and Sustainability competences
The worsening climate crisis and the growing scarcity of natural resources have increasingly demonstrated the limits of our predominantly linear economy. It is now undeniable that our business models and practices must become more sustainable and circular. In this context, it is essential that young people be prepared to contribute and lead the way towards a more circular economy in Europe and beyond.