Circular economy is a solution to increase EU's competitiveness by protecting businesses against scarcity of resources and unstable prices, helping to initiate new business opportunities and more sustainable ways of producing and consuming, as well as to create local jobs at all skills levels and opportunities for social integration.

Transition to circular economy implies a complex process as it requires system-redesign on all levels of the society, creating the necessity for new thinking and competencies. Therefore, there is an eminent need for conveying the right knowledge and understanding about principles and benefits of circular economy to its actors on all levels. Current training programs are just a few and oriented to equip only high level graduates with knowledge so that can help their company to ‘become circular’. However, entrepreneurship (opening a small manufacturing business, etc) is an option for people with lower educational level as well. This is quite often an opportunity also for migrants/refugees regardless their educational level. Therefore, appears the need for preparation to ‘become circular’ at all levels.

As the title: Skills for transition to circular economy suggests, the Skill Circle project aims at development of skills for circular economy thinking of VET learners - those with lower educational level and with migrant/refugee background - to become adequately skilled and active players of the future.

This will be realized through a number of actions such as:

- analyzing the specific training needs of VET learners related to circular economy
- exploring existing circular economy businesses throughout Europe
- developing and testing a training program for helping the change of mindset
- developing online training materials specifically targeted to low-educated learners about circular economy thinking 

The primary target group of the project is VET learners – with lower educational level and with migrant/refugee background. The modern multimedia educational tools and training materials developed within the project, will help this target group in changing their mindset and developing their key entrepreneurial competences in the field of circular economy, consequently increasing their social inclusion and employability.

The partnership consists of 6 organisations (HUF - Sweden, SEC-Romania, Inthecity - Netherlands, Eolas - Spain, ISQ - Portugal and ETA - UK ) highly motivated and skilled in key entrepreneurial skills development, design of web based educational films and multimedia products.

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Financial support: European Commission, Erasmus+ Programme
Duration: September 1, 2017 - September 30, 2019
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