Green Skills

Green Skills Defined

The Green Skills Agreement defines skills for sustainability as " Skills for sustainability, also known as green skills, are the technical skills, knowledge, values and attitudes needed in the workforce to develop and support sustainable social, economic and environmental outcomes in business, industry and the community."

October 2009: The Green Skills Forum held in Melbourne, discussed a draft National Green Skills Agreement and the broader skills and training implications of transitioning to a sustainable, low carbon economy. More than 120 business leaders, sustainability experts and government representatives attended the forum.

December 2009: The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed the Green Skills Agreement that will enable individuals and businesses to contribute to a sustainable, low-carbon, resource efficient economy in their workplaces and communities.

June 2010: The Green Skills Agreement Implemtation Plan was presented to the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) meeting on 9 June 2010.This Plan covers the period 2010-2011 and focuses on the VET sector.
For more: Climate Change and Skills for Sustainability

Green Skills - What it means for VET

The Agreement commits the Australian and state and territory governments to working with training organisations and business to ensure skills for sustainability are an integral part of all vocational education and training (VET) and are relevant to the needs of industry.

This commitment will be achieved by:

  • embedding skills for sustainability practice and teaching in vocational education and training, within the requirements of the national regulatory framework
  • the upskilling of VET instructors and teachers to deliver skills for sustainability
  • the strategic review of Training Packages to embed sustainability knowledge, skills and principles
  • implementing a transition strategy to re-skill vulnerable workers.

Australia’s 11 Industry Skills Councils have reviewed Training Packages to identify skills for sustainability gaps, and will complete the process of revising Training Packages to address these gaps in early 2011.
Environmental Sustainability: An Industry Response

National: National VET Sustainability Policy and Action Plan (2009-2012)

NSW: Green Skills Strategy and Green Skills NSW Course Finder
QLD: Sustainability in the vocational education and training sector
VIC: Your Guide to Green Skills

Also see Sustainability Skills

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