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A green skills trainer's guide for apprentices

A green skills trainer's guide for apprentices

The Cluster Sofia Knowledge City (the cluster) as an organization to promote the development of cities as “knowledge cities” adopts the concept of green and circular economy as the basis for the development of such cities. Therefore, the cluster often participates in international projects related to the topic of knowledge and skills for a sustainable and green economy, which we believe should be the basis of the urban development.

The Go Green project (, in which the cluster participates, is focused on the issue of green competences and the possibilities for these competences to be transferred from trainers to trainees and from workers to apprentices.

One of the main products of this project is the handbook for trainers (Trainers’ guide for green skills), designed to help educators in in the process of apprenticeship.

Green skills refer to a set of knowledge, skills and competencies required to work in green or sustainable industries and occupations. Developing green skills is becoming increasingly important as the world moves towards a more sustainable and green economy. People with green economy skills are in demand across a range of sectors, including energy, agriculture, construction, transport and waste management. These skills cover a wide range of fields, including environmental protection, sustainable development, environmental engineering, natural resources, ecology and other related disciplines.

People with skills in the green economy typically possess the following abilities:

  • an understanding of environmental issues, sustainability principles, and environmental protection strategies.
  • ability to develop and implement sustainable solutions to address environmental challenges.
  • technical skills to design and implement environmental technologies, processes and infrastructure.
  • expertise in the efficient use, conservation and restoration of natural resources such as water, energy and land.
  • the understanding of environmental regulations, standards and policies and the ability to work within these frameworks.
  • ability to effectively communicate environmental concepts and ideas to diverse audiences, as well as collaborate with other professionals to achieve common goals.

Our Trainers’ Guide is based on previously developed by the cluster with support of all partners Apprenticeship framework for green skills where is described the importance of green skills in apprenticeships, the apprenticeship scheme chart, main and supporting apprenticeship scheme elements and tools, benefits of apprenticeships for stakeholders and an analysis of the GO GREEN scheme.

You can find more information about this framework HERE.

The Trainers’ Guide is focused on how to implement gamification techniques and design personalised action plans for the development of green skills. The guide is supposed to support trainers in designing and implementing the apprenticeship programme, based on the proposed framework, presenting suggestions, tips, advice derived by the pilots. Success stories from the experimentations are also included in the guide as examples. It is to help trainers reach the following results:

  • build capacity of trainers to transfer the green skills to apprentices
  • raise awareness about successful apprenticeship stories derived from the experimentation phase in partner countries
  • demonstrate the wide applicability of the apprenticeship framework to every sector and country

The content of this guide is developed in five modules, in which well-structured information is presented, answering the following questions that trainers would ask themselves:

  • Module 1: Why should we develop green skills?
  • Module 2: The GO GREEN Apprenticeship Scheme
  • Module 3: How to be the GO GREEN coach
  • Module 4: Gamification in apprenticeships
  • Module 5: Methodology for the assessment of green skills

At the end, the guide is provided with examples of good practices from several European countries. You can read the preliminary version of the guide HERE. The final version of it will be published on the project site as well as on the cluster' site soon after its finalisation.


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