Forthcoming ILO Study on Skills for Green Jobs

Watch for an important new report, Skills for Green Jobs, to be released by the ILO Green Jobs Programme on October 15, 2011. It will examine the experiences of 21 developed and developing countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, India, South Korea, South Africa, France, Germany, Spain, U.K., and the U.S. Canada is not profiled. This comprehensive work identifies the sectors most affected by the shift to green restructuring, the changing and emerging occupations in major economic sectors, as well as gender implications. It concludes that, while a few new occupations will emerge in the transition to a greener economy, “massive change” will occur in existing occupations, and at all levels of occupations, across all sectors. Of note for further research: discussions of “Measuring and classifying green jobs and related skills”, and “Identifying skill needs: Evaluating existing systems and tools”. The report concludes that successful transition to a greener economy will require efficient re-training and skills upgrading, especially for the disadvantaged in the labour market. A key message is the need for coherence and coordination of environmental and skills policies.



Summary and links to Skills for Green Jobs are available at:–en/index.htm. This webpage also provides links to detailed country study reports for each of the 21 countries summarized in Skills for Green Jobs.

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