GreenB project will contribute to key competences development, especially sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, social and civic competence, and harmonisation of common educational standards in the field of green business. New cross-sectoral qualifications for green business emerge from existing competences. Learning modules will be developed and tested. They will be based on the specific needs and will provide the necessary social and entrepreneurial skills and competencies for successful green business implementation in 5 countries of Europe.

The challenges of greening their business are particularly acute for entrepreneurs in micro and small firms, managers and employees who strive to upgrade their social and civic competencies. They tend to have greater problems and also face barriers in accessing affordable training to up-skill and take advantage of finding a job in the green economy. Persuading the entrepreneurs and employees to up-skill in this new field requires convincing them that it is both affordable and reasonable.

Green business training can foster expansion of green transformation and harness energy efficiency and renewable resources potential, all of which require transformation of the skills base. New green skills development need to focus on adding to existing competences, enhancing core skills to exploit the opportunities offered by green growth.

Key competences like entrepreneurship, social and civic competences are important to the skills agenda for employability development. Improvements in provision of green business training is crucial to entrepreneurs who decide to green their business or people who apply for jobs in green companies.

MAIN OBJECTIVES

The achievement of the project aims and objectives will contribute to the improvement of the entrepreneurial culture and employee initiative in support to sustainable growth, to the development of green business knowledge and skills and will enrich green business training in the EU. Main objectives are:

  1. to plan and test a green business training module which will develop the entrepreneurs’ and employees’ skills to make sense of the future changes in the environment. The state of art, benchmarking and competences of the project partners will provide a solid background for this objective
  2. to develop and offer a toolbox of innovation methods for greening the business so that entrepreneurs and employees become skilled in using them in the working life. They can develop new insights and solutions through methods, such as eco- or process-mapping, cost payback and return on investment analysis, life-cycle assessment, environmental accounting, development of environmental management systems
  1. to develop and offer a toolbox of innovation methods for greening the business so that entrepreneurs and employees become skilled in using them in the working life. They can develop new insights and solutions through methods, such as eco- or process-mapping, cost payback and return on investment analysis, life-cycle assessment, environmental accounting, development of environmental management systems
  2. to contribute to integration of green business training into European curricula.This objective will be achieved via effective dissemination activities and exploitation and sustainability plans of the project and its outcomes.

PROJECT RESULTS

  • Methodology for Green Business Training. The aim was to develop the methodology for determining the learning content, including objectives of the training, expected learning outcomes, methods and approaches for their achievement and on this basis – development of the concrete course curriculum for trainers and training and learning materials.
  • Curriculum of Green Business Management Training Course. Course curriculum defines course and modules learning outcomes, The syllabus and the contents for each module was produced, for instance, objectives, outline, requirements, schedule and course material, main topics included in the distance and face-to-face training, criteria for evaluation of trainee performance, recommended readings, etc.
  • Validation of the training methodology and curricula. The validation of the prepared under the previous activities products was validated through organizing and conducting of one-day stakeholder workshops in each consortium country.
  • Teaching and Learning Materials. A training toolkit of teaching and learning materials was developed to support the implementation of the training course directed to green business managers. This toolkit includes: course outline and objectives; set of training modules to fit the knowledge gaps and to improve managers’ skills; training materials needed to implement the training methodology both at distance and face-to-face.
  • e-Learning Green Business platform. The platform is the tool for collecting dynamically learning resources for green business. The learning resources were categorized according to this “green” typology (green business waste and recycling, green product and service design management; environmental management systems, green business sustainability reporting…), each of which is a learning module. The platform provides the following functionalities: (i) e-learning module construction (ii) collection of learning resources (iii) relationship building of learning resources to learning modules. (iv) Expert forum (v) Learning outcomes assessment module.

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