Circular Economy in Practice 



Start : September 1, 2020 - duration 36 mounths

Circular economy represents an opportunity to address labour market imbalances and threats. Circular economy policies are expected to help reduce environmental impacts while generating higher levels of employment. As we move towards a more circular economy, it is estimated that GDP in the EU will increase by almost 0.5% by 2030. According to the Cambridge Econometrics, Trinomics, and ICF report (2018), there will be an estimated net increase in employment of approximately 700 000. During the next few years, the sectors that produce and process raw materials will decrease in size, while the waste management, recycling and repair sectors will experience extra growth. If a sustainable circular economy is to be implemented, the quality of those jobs is essential to their success, improving that quality through improving worker skills, including environmental, health and safety skills. For this reason, the CE-IP project aims to develop new training solutions that can help match the expected expansion of green job opportunities with skilled workers, to promote a shift towards a more sustainable economy. Our project will provide training solutions related to current jobs in the recycling sector, and new green and fair job opportunities for adults with low skills, including unemployed youth. The activities to be developed will focus on the generation of new skills and opportunities to access green and fair jobs, mainly related to the circular economy in terms of garment waste management. For this reason, the project will focus on the circular economy of the textile sector as an example. 

The main objective of the project is to achieve a systemic change in the skills and capacities of this target group. Other objectives are: - Promotion of self-employment linked to these activities in low-skilled workers. - Creation of new innovative training solutions related to opportunities in the circular economy 

The target groups of the project are: - Self-employed, unemployed and low-skilled workers from other productive sectors. - Trainers of continuous training systems that provide courses for adults related to new employment opportunities.


- Universitat Jaume I de Castellón as the project coordinator (Spain)

- AEGARE Asociación de empresarios gallegos en Aragón y riberas del Ebro (Spain)

- Cologne Business School (Germany)

- Social Innovation and Cohesion Institute (Greece)

- Razvojna agencija Sotla (Slovenia)

- CNIPA Puglia (Italy)