Our new collection of good practices highlights how cities are promoting
employment and social inclusion in the green sector for vulnerable groups, such
as young people and the long term unemployed.
In our latest publication, ‘Green jobs for social inclusion’, we share examples of actions being taken by European cities to support the employment of vulnerable groups through and into the green economy. We showcase projects that support groups of people who face significant barriers to employment; including people with disabilities, over 50s, young people not in education or training (NEETS), and the long term unemployed.
The examples cover a range of activities in a variety of areas, from energy efficiency, waste management and greening public spaces, to the circular economy, upcycling and green construction. They also illustrate different models: initiatives run by cities directly, and others implemented in partnership with private and third-sector organisations.
The publication features examples from 13 of our member cities: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Brussels, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Oslo, Newcastle, Rennes Metropole, Tampere and Zagreb. These examples show that a mix of both supply and demand side interventions at local level is needed to connect disadvantaged and vulnerable people to employment opportunities and needs to make sense in the context of our local labour markets.
The green economy is an important source of new employment opportunities and a sector that has continued to grow in spite of the economic crisis. Helping vulnerable people gain the necessary skills and work experience to access jobs in the green sector is an investment with high potential return and a promising tool for social inclusion. Projects in green job creation can also directly contribute to the achievement of our Europe 2020 climate goals.
Successful initiatives such as those outlined in our publication are being developed in cities all over Europe. Taking an integrated, place-based, city perspective on our Europe 2020 targets is part of a broader EU urban agenda; an agenda that recognises the role cities play in fostering a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe and empowers them to help reach our targets on employment, social inclusion and the environment.
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