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Factsheet for measure EE-2022-27/2918 – measures in Estonia

Green skills to support the green transition of enterprises

Roheoskused ettevõtete rohepöörde toetamiseks

Country Estonia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 30 June 2022 – 30 June 2026
Context COVID-19, Green Transition
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound
Measure added 16 September 2022 (updated 21 September 2022)

Background information

In order to support the green transition and corresponding developments in companies, it is necessary to provide green-specific skills to (future) workforce. Making use of the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility, current skill-development opportunities are updated and new modules are added.

The minister of education and research signed the directive 'Establishing the conditions for the grant to implement the investment 1 'Green skills to support the green transition of companies' of the Recovery and Resilience Fund Reform 'Enterprises' Green Transition'' on 30 June 2022.

Content of measure

The purpose of the measure is to create flexible learning opportunities in order to implement the green transition in companies.

As part of the measure, the following will be carried out:

  1. the creation of new learning modules, re-training and continuing education programmes (including micro-credentials programmes);
  2. integration of green skills into existing modules;
  3. integration of green skills into existing (and if needed, into new) professional standards.

The study areas covered must be connected to green transition in higher education institutions and vocational education institutions (for example, transport, energy, construction, chemical sector, etc.). Green skills are defined as skills needed in jobs that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy and resource efficiency and include the wider adoption of circular economy principles.

The implementation of the measure will be completed by 30 June 2026. The budget is €15 million.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
European Funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Consulted
Form Not applicable Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level

Involvement

The business associations have been consulted when designing the measure. The involvement of trade unions is unknown. Social partners are involved in the implementation of the measure due to the peak-level social partners being the member of the Qualifications Authority’s tripartite council. The Qualifications Authority is responsible for developing the professional standards. The professional standards are developed in a tripartite manner (sectoral business associations and trade unions are members of the committees).

Views and reactions

No information available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
      A2 Forestry and logging
      A3 Fishing and aquaculture
      C - Manufacturing C10 Manufacture of food products
      C13 Manufacture of textiles
      C14 Manufacture of wearing apparel
      C15 Manufacture of leather and related products
      C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials
      C17 Manufacture of paper and paper products
      C20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
      C22 Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
      D - Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply D35 Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
      E - Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management And Remediation Activities E37 Sewerage
      E38 Waste collection, treatment and disposal activities; materials recovery
      E39 Remediation activities and other waste management services
      F - Construction F41 Construction of buildings
      F42 Civil engineering
      F43 Specialised construction activities
      H - Transportation And Storage H49 Land transport and transport via pipelines
      H50 Water transport

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 30 June 2022: Käskkiri "Toetuse andmise tingimuste kehtestamine Taaste- ja vastupidavusrahastu reformi „Ettevõtete rohepööre“ investeeringu 1 „Roheoskused ettevõtete rohepöörde toetamiseks“ elluviimiseks" (Directive 'Establishing the conditions for the grant to implement the investment 1 'Green skills to support the green transition of companies' of the Recovery and Resilience Fund Reform 'Enterprises' Green Transition'') (pilv.rtk.ee)
  • 30 June 2022: Seletuskiri "Toetuse andmise tingimuste kehtestamine Taaste- ja vastupidavusrahastu reformi „Ettevõtete rohepööre“ investeeringu 1 „Roheoskused ettevõtete rohepöörde toetamiseks“ elluviimiseks" (Explanatory note 'Establishing the conditions for the grant to implement the investment 1 'Green skills to support the green transition of companies' of the Recovery and Resilience Fund Reform 'Enterprises' Green Transition'') (pilv.rtk.ee)

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Green skills to support the green transition of enterprises, measure EE-2022-27/2918 (measures in Estonia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EE-2022-27_2918.html

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