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  • green skills

    Definition: 

    Abilities needed to live in, develop and support a society which aims to reduce the negative impact of human activity on the environment.

    Comments: 
    • generic green skills help develop awareness-raising or implementation of resource-efficient activities, ecocitizenship, etc.;
    • specific green skills are required to implement standards and processes to protect ecosystems and biodiversity, and to reduce energy, materials and water consumption;
    • highly-specialised green skills are required to develop and implement green technologies such as renewable energies, sewage treatment or recycling.  
    Source: 
    Cedefop
  • guidance and counselling / information, advice and guidance (IAG)

    Definition: 

    Range of activities designed to help individuals to take educational, vocational or personal decisions and to carry them out before and after they enter the labour market.

    Comments: 
    • guidance and counselling may include:
      • counselling (personal or career development, educational guidance),
      • assessment (psychological or competence/performance-related),
      • information on learning and labour market opportunities and career management,
      • consultation with peers, relatives or educators,
      • vocational preparation (pinpointing skills/competences and experience for job-seeking),
      • referrals (to learning and career specialists);
    • guidance and counselling can be provided at schools, training centres, job centres, the workplace, the community or in other settings.
    Source: 
    Cedefop, 2008.