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Cyprus: HRDA study identifies green skill needs in the Cyprus economy 2017-27 (1/2018)

In March 2018 the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA), published a study providing forecasts for employment and demand for labour in the economic sectors and occupations with participation in the green economy for the period 2017-27.

 

The study came as a result upon realising the magnitude and importance of the change that the transition to a green economy will bring to the labour market. The study examined and analysed the green economy and green occupations, mapping out the green economy of Cyprus. Additionally, it identifies the green skill needs for specific occupations of the green economy of Cyprus, which includes 30 economic sectors and 60 occupations from the whole spectrum of the Cyprus labour market.

 

According to the study, in the period 2017-27 the total employment in the sectors of economic activity with participation in the green economy of Cyprus is forecasted to exhibit an upward trend. By 2027, around one out of five employed persons will work in sectors of economic activity with participation in the green economy. Total annual employment demand for the green economy is estimated at 4,1% which corresponds to 22,7% of total employment demand for the Cyprus economy.

 

The majority of the employed persons in occupations with participation in the green economy will work in the occupational category of technicians and professionals. Τhe study also identifies the main areas of specialised knowledge and skills for these occupations, such as environmental legislation, renewable energy, circular economy, organic farming, climate change, waste management, smart sensors and nearly zero energy buildings, which can guide the design of specialised training programmes.

 

Part of the identified green skills are new skills that relate to new green technologies, environmental legislation and environmental issues that require a high degree of specialisation. Such skills refer to smart sensors and automations, construction of nearly zero energy buildings, remediation of landfills, use of anti-pollution devices, corporate waste management systems, smart grids, climate change risks on the supply chain and green finance. However, the majority of the identified green skills relate to existing skills which have to be adapted to the needs of the green economy, in areas such as project management, strategic planning, entrepreneurship, process optimisation, human resource management and quality management.

 

Finally, the study leads to specific suggestions aiming for a planned and timely response to the future situation in the labour market resulting from the transition to a green economy. The suggestions refer to policies and activities in the areas of Employment and human resource development, Education and Training, which may include the collaboration of stakeholders, revision of curricula, guidance and counselling, provision of new vocational education and training programmes which provide green knowledge and skills and development of appropriate vocational qualifications.

 

 

Source: ReferNet Cyprus

 

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