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Using the smart and green city (SGC) concept, this recent policy brief by Cedefop analyses how vocational education and training (VET) can help cities become smarter and greener, thus facilitating the European Green Deal (EGD), the EU’s growth strategy and policy response to the challenges related to climate change and environmental degradation.

The EGD sets the ground for the EU to become a competitive and resource-efficient economy with net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while ensuring a just transition for all.

A Cedefop skills forecast scenario, which looked at the implications of the EGD up to 2030 from a VET and skills perspective, shows that skills formation – both initial and during working life – will be crucial for filling the additional jobs created and enabling workers to transition into greener sectors and occupations.

Skills intelligence publication details

Target audience
Digital skills for the labour force.
Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.
Digital skills in education.
Digital skills for all
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Inter-disciplinary programmes and qualifications involving education
Geographical sphere
International initiative
Publication type