Green technologies are essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reach international climate goals and climate neutrality. However, there is a lack of a skilled labour force in Europe that is needed to bring green technologies (e.g., heat pumps, photovoltaic and wind energy systems) to the market to reduce GHG emissions and contribute to achieving climate goals.

Our project GreenTecLab (GTL) has highlighted that the lack of professional qualified specialist and the access to green innovation is especially challenging for green start-ups in rural areas. Therefore we organized a web seminar with the EUKI that asked the question of how innovative vocational educational training (VET) can empower local economies to access potential a professional labour force that then in turn accelerates the expansion of green technologies and secure economic growth in rural areas. We could motivate important stakeholders from Spain, Greece and Slovakia as speakers to discuss what roles the economy, politics, and the educational sector play in forming eco-systems to stipulate the implementation of green innovation.

Find the presentation, the report and the video documentation of the web seminar under the links enclosed.

We thank Antonio Blanco, José Antonio Expósito Carrillo, PhD, Norbert Kurilla, KONSTANTINOS ARAVOSSIS –ΑΡΑΒΩΣΗΣ and Athanassia Theodoridou from the Greek Labour Agency for joining us in this webinar. Of course we also thank our partners Athanassios Kelemis and the German Hellenic Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Robert Miskuf and PEDAL Consulting and of course our partners from Spain José Manuel Salméron and Francisco Sánchez and AICIA (Andalusian Association for Research and Industrial Cooperation) and the colleagues from the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). We are looking forward to new activities in the regions which will tackle the problems we discussed and to continue our really fruitful cooperation.

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