ERIC Number: ED421635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
New Qualifications and Training Needs in Environment-Related Sectors. Synthesis of Studies Carried out in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom.
In 1995, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom conducted a total of 34 case studies to analyze the impact of measures to protect the environment on qualifications and occupations in environment-related sectors. The primary objective was to identify the possibilities for action and cooperation for the various social partners. In each country, experts were interviewed about model projects in eight fields. An analysis of all 34 case studies conducted established that the inclusion of new environment-related skills is needed at every level of qualification from decision maker to unskilled worker. New occupational profiles, including the following, were beginning to emerge: environmental officer, waste disposal facility supervisor, environmental consultant, and river maintenance operative. Although the new occupational profiles represented a larger share of environment-related skills, they were still based on existing qualifications and often required two areas of competence (one relating to the environment and the other relating to another occupation). The eight countries studied were addressing the need to equip workers with new skills in various ways, by including environment-related skills in initial vocational training and by creating continuing training courses. (Appended is a table summarizing the case studies.) (MN)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Conservation (Environment), Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Emerging Occupations, Employment Qualifications, Environmental Education, Environmental Technicians, Foreign Countries, International Cooperation, Job Skills, Labor Market, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Public Health Legislation, Secondary Education, Synthesis, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).