Green Skills for Hydrogen, enabling the green transition in Europe

The Green Skills for Hydrogen project will design and implement a Hydrogen Skills Strategy, develop, test and rollout VET programmes across Europe, and establish a partnership between Industry and Education.

Anticipating the European Year of Skills, the Green Skills for Hydrogen project was launched at the end of 2022. This initiative is funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme and will help meet EU targets by fast-tracking the upskilling and reskilling of students and members of the workforce all over Europe.

Over a period of four years, the Green Skills for Hydrogen project will design and implement a Hydrogen Skills Strategy, develop, test and rollout VET programmes across Europe, and establish a partnership between Industry and Education.

The project’s VET programmes and qualifications will anticipate the latest market needs and leverage EU instruments and tools, providing continuous green and digital skills and career development to empower workers and technical professionals.

The Hydrogen Skills Strategy, VET and higher VET curricula, learning programmes and qualifications will be designed, tested, and made available to be adapted and scaled across the whole of Europe, meeting the current and future skills needs of the hydrogen value chain and providing the backbone for the growth of the renewable energy sector in Europe.

The partnership of hydrogen sector and VET stakeholders will be supported by the European Hydrogen Skills Platform, an EU-wide online community that will facilitate stakeholder engagement and community building, the adoption of training materials and exchange of best practices.

The Consortium managing the European Hydrogen Skills Alliance is led by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and has a total of 36 partners from 15 Member States of the European Union.

2023 has been designated the European Year of Skills, an auspicious setting for the launch of the European Hydrogen Skills Alliance and its ambitious VET programmes. Through Green Skills for Hydrogen, the Alliance will harness the momentum of the European Year of Skills to help strengthen European competitiveness and meet Green Transition targets, matching the industry’s need for new skills with workers’ aspirations.

Some tips on the European Union hydrogen market evolution:

  • The growth of the hydrogen industry presents a significant economic and environmental opportunity for Europe, but it also creates considerable labour market challenges.

  • From producing 150 000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year in 2020, the European Union aims to increase its production and imports of clean hydrogen to a total of 20 million tonnes per year by 2030, following the European Hydrogen Strategy and the REPowerEU Plan.

  • The rapid development of the European hydrogen value chain over the coming years is expected to generate approximately 1 million highly skilled jobs by 2030, and up to 5.4 million by 2050.

For more information on the Green Skills for Hydrogen project contact: info@greenskillsforhydrogen.eu

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