The latest EU unemployment statistics make for sobering reading: unemployment in the European Union has hit 10.9%, with unemployment in the Eurozone even higher at a record 12%. Youth unemployment is particularly dire, with almost one quarter of people under 25 in the Eurozone out of a job.
Last year, we asked if you thought “greening the economy” could help spur an economic recovery in Europe. This idea certainly sounds worthy, but what does it actually mean in practice? What is a “green job”, and what sort of skills would young people need to be hired for one?
In an earlier debate, Christos suggested that:
We need to prepare young Europeans for an ultra-competitive future. We need to [offer young people] opportunities to receive education for new industries, like the green sustainable one. Of course, first we need to create job positions to absorb the young people with those new skills.
Which is perhaps easier said than done. However, on 2 May, 2013, Debating Europe will be covering the Round Tables with Round Cakes intern-only event with Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, and these are some of the issues that will probably come up. The focus of the event is “What will you be doing in 2030? The skills and expertise young professionals will need to tackle future environmental challenges”, and we would love to take some of YOUR questions and comments about this issue.
What do YOU think? What will YOU be doing in 2030? What is a “green job”, and what sort of skills will young people need to be hired for one? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policy-makers and experts for their reaction.