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BILT workshop on Greening TVET

The BILT workshop on Innovative European Initiatives for Greening TVET took place at Paola/Malta from 23-24 October 2019 and was hosted by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST). It addressed current challenges related to the increasing demand for green skills from the labour market perspective and the impact of integrating green skills into the curriculum.

BILT workshop on Greening TVET

The workshop on Greening TVET is a reaction to the evident need for change as the negative impacts of climate change have become more apparent than ever. In this framework, TVET plays an important role in providing knowledge and skills to facilitate the transition to green economies and societies. During the BILT workshop, nine institutions from eight European countries presented innovative practices and initiatives addressing Greening in TVET within two key issues:

Key Issue 1: Institutional responses to green demands

  • Cities as local drivers for sustainability, OMNIA, Finland
  • Eco-labelling, BKAL, Germany
  • Greening the community, Municipality of SORØ, Denmark
  • Engaging TVET in sustainable development, Koning Willem I College, Netherlands

Key Issue 2: Identifying and integrating green competences in curriculum, training and professional standards

  • Erasmus+ project on aligning VET curricula to greening and the SDGs, MCAST, Malta
  • Pro-DEENLA, BIBB, Germany
  • Green Wheels Project, Centre for Modern Education HU, Hungary
  • GoGreen Environmental Protection Programme, DPDHL Shared Value, Germany
  • New qualifications and competencies, HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Austria
  • Coop – Poctefa Project, TKNIKA, Spain

For each presented example, participants had the opportunity to discuss the added value of the approaches, their impact on curriculum and standards, and their transferability to other countries. The examples will inform further activities within the UNEVOC Network, both in Europe, and in the forthcoming collaboration with Africa and Asia.

Key findings

Participants agreed on the importance of involving and engaging a wide range of stakeholders in processes that ‘green’ TVET. Co-developing strategies together with students, teachers, parents and management are important to ensure the longevity of activities at the school-level, while the involvement of the private sector and municipalities are important to ensure the relevance and impact of the education and training provided. The transition to greener economies creates an urgent need to embed sustainability in TVET curricula, training and standards. Participants identified different approaches to doing so, from the integration of transversal skills linked to awareness about climate change, to the identification of specific knowledge and skills applicable to specific sectors.

Regardless of the approach, participants agreed that these new competencies needed new pedagogical approaches to teaching that are student-centered. However, such approaches can only be put into action if teachers and trainers are motivated and capable to do so, putting in focus the importance of mechanisms that support TVET teaching personnel. Participants also recognized the link between digitalization and greening processes. On the one hand, developments in technology are driving the growth of certain sectors, including in renewable technologies. On the other hand, the development of Apps, MOOCs, Open Educational Resources and other technological tools can make education for sustainable development more accessible, in and outside of education and training settings, whether it be in schools, companies or at home.

About the project

The workshop on Greening TVET was the second of five within the BILT project, which will focus on the thematic areas of Greening, Digitalization/Industry 4.0, Entrepreneurship, Migration, and New Qualifications and Competencies. The BILT project aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences and peer learning across the European UNEVOC Network within these thematic work streams.

BILT – Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET