Towards a Circular Economy: Competences for Youth

Scope and objectives

On 1 June 2022, Circular Economy – Sustainable Competences for Youth (CESCY) and the EESC and will jointly host an interactive conference with experts in circular economy competences and youth, policy-makers, academics and business representatives.

During this partnership event, participants will learn more about the outputs from the CESCY project, but will also be given the opportunity to share their views on the topics at stake, as well as to hear from speakers and participants from different sectors and backgrounds.

The event will present the key results and recommendations researched and addressed by CESCY since the Circular Economy – Sustainable Competences for Youth project was launched in 2019.

Below are a few of the questions that the CESCY consortium has researched and addressed:

  • What kind of competences are needed for the transition to a circular economy?
  • How can young people acquire and develop the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes?
  • What can education institutions, but also youth organisations, decision-makers and companies do to support young people in acquiring and developing such competences?

As the project is now coming to an end, key results and recommendations are ready to be presented, and valuable tools ready to be shared and used!

The CESCY partners have been working on the following outputs:

  • Mapping of the status quo on circular economy and sustainability implementation in several European countries
  • Research on competences for youth in the circular economy labour market
  • Recommendations for circular economy and sustainable practices implementation
  • Competence framework on circular economy and sustainability for youth work
  • Manual for practitioners to work with the competence framework
  • MOOC on Circular Economy and Sustainability competences


The worsening climate crisis and the growing scarcity of natural resources have increasingly demonstrated the limits of our predominantly linear economy. It is now undeniable that our business models and practices must become more sustainable and circular. In this context, it is essential that young people be prepared to contribute and lead the way towards a more circular economy in Europe and beyond.

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