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Environmental transition - Studies carried out at Céreq (2013-2015)

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Environmental transition and the prospects for employment and training


This survey introduces the studies carried out at Céreq on the impact of the environmental transition on employment and training. Many of these studies have been carried out under the terms of a partnership agreement (2013-2015) with the General Commission for Sustainable Development (Commissariat général au développement durable or CGDD ), which was given the task of managing the implementation of the national action plan for jobs and occupations in the green economy, which was adopted in 2010 by the ministry with responsibility for the environment and sustainable development (MEDDE). The technical support provided by Céreq consists, on the one hand, of a range of forward-looking studies of the changes affecting the various industries and occupations represented on the Eco-Industries' Strategy Committee (Comité stratégique des éco-activitésor COSEI) and, on the other, investigations of more cross-cutting issues relating to anticipated changes in the supply of initial and continuing training. 

As far as the first strand is concerned, the aims are to improve understanding of the skill requirements in strategic green sectors and of the ensuing changes in occupations and to analyse the skill overlaps between these sectors and traditional manufacturing in order to meet possible future needs for retraining. A further aim is to assist in drawing up recommendations for measures to support the acquisition of new skills and adapting the training supply. As far as the second strand is concerned, the aim here is to take stock of the measures already taken in respect of both initial and continuing training in order to adapt training provision to the challenges posed by the energy and environmental transition. A further aim is to improve understanding of the various channels through which are diffused the knowledge and skills required for the adoption in each sector of new ways of producing goods and services more in line with these energy-related and environmental challenges.

Alongside the studies undertaken as part of the partnership with the CGDD , Céreq has also explored other issues associated with sustainable development, including:

  •       a survey of the conditions that will have to be met if continuing training organisations are to be able to provide sustainable training' (theFormer vert(Greening Vocational Training) survey);
  •       a study commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture on the expected reform of the training of architects, who play a crucial role in the diffusion of the concepts and techniques of environmental construction;
  •     and a study of the problems and challenges facing employment and training in the French territories, carried out in Martinique under the terms of a contract for forward-looking studies on the environment and sustainable development'.

Contact :

Chantal Labruyère national partnerships officer and coordinator of studies on sustainable development at Céreq

Céreq, an actor at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference:

In his capacity as a public expert, Gérard Podevin, research officer at Céreq's associated centre in Rennes, took part in the lecture and debate held on Friday 4 December 2015  (9.45-11.15 a.m.) on the subject of marine renewable energies and the green skills and jobs of the future organised by Erasmus in partnership with the Centre national d'information sur la formation professionnelle/National Centre for Information on Vocational Training.

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