Future-challenges: strengthening the European labour market and continuous climate change.

Experts and employers agree current broad skill sets will not suffice to persist in future. Greater flexibility, experience in envisioning and implementing longer-term projects, as well as capturing the imagination of a variety of stakeholders will be needed. Yet these competencies are conspicuously absent from the national curricula.

Enter: Climate-KIC introducing a generic competency framework detailing competencies required by candidates to succeed in a more challenging and interdisciplinary work environment. Three core areas that are predicted to become increasingly relevant to a greener way of doing business are:

  • Accelerating Sustainable Transition
  • Promoting Sustainable Innovations, and
  • Driving Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

A shared standard will increase the visibility and significance of related competencies; it will also increase transparency and unlock the European labour market. Climate-KIC's assessment process to introduce this new standard is Certified Professional.

The trial phases of Certified Professional in Accelerating Sustainable Transition and Promoting Sustainable Innovation have met with great enthusiasm.