Green skills award

ETF Green Skills Award 2022: voting opens to choose the three winners!

On Friday 13th May, the European Training Foundation (ETF) will use its live stream event, ‘Skilling for the energy transition’ to announce the opening of the public vote for the Green Skills Award 2022, a competition which recognises projects from around the world that exemplify innovation and creativity in green skills and education.  The voting will close on 5 June and the three winners will be announced on 9 June.

Ten finalists have been shortlisted for this year’s award which is entitled ‘Green transition: education, training and skills’.  The award aims to highlight how school and vocational educational training programmes are being developed to support the shift to sustainable, carbon-neutral, circular economies and societies.  By showcasing projects, the award helps to provide ideas and inspiration for education and training policy-makers and practitioners in the EU neighbourhood and beyond.

This year the ETF has received 64 applications from around the world, ranging from blue-green themes (water and ecology) in the Netherlands to greening land in Zarqa, Jordan, to greening the hospitality industry in Ireland.

Other applications include greening the curricula of continuing education programmes for teachers in Moldova, the utilisation of vocational schools in Kenya, awareness-raising of sustainable development in Croatia, and the incorporation of environmental solutions and ecological principles in Albania.

In Georgia, a Sustainable Development Academy K4S (Knowledge for Sharing) is being developed, while an educational programme on environmental and agricultural educational is being rolled out at Georgian schools, with the aim of enhancing the skills of 50,000 teachers and 500,000 students. In Nigeria, an entrepreneurial and green skills initiative is being developed.

Voting opens to the public on 13 May and closes on 5 June. 

The winner will be announced on 9 June, during another ETF Learning Connects live stream.


Background information on winners of the Green Skills Award 2021

Last year the Green Skills Award was won by Ghada Khrayem, a young female Palestinian refugee who received vocational training on solar photovoltaic systems in Gaza. Ghada was the winner out of 11 finalists selected from 134 applications from 39 countries. “I feel very proud being the first Palestinian girl from the Gaza Strip to receive an international award in the green economy sector amid strong competition and the large number of participants,” she said.

Turkish computer teacher Selçuk Arslan came second in the Green Skills Award for his work teaching coding and environmentally-themed projects.

The Pandit Sundarlal Sharma Central Institute of Vocational Education (PSSCIVE) in Bhopal, India came third in the awards. India’s most important vocational education and training (VET) institute’s endeavours to spread green skills reached some 1.2 million students in 2021 and has since reached 1.56 million students in over 15,000 schools.