Irish professionals will need to re-tool and upskill to meet the demands of Ireland’s transition to a more carbon-efficient and Circular Economy.
A circular economy will require a range of skills including trade and craft skills, such as upholstery, cabinet making, sewing, and general repairs, eco-design, green procurement, supply chain management, and remanufacturing.
Many of these skills have gone into decline so their return would see the creation of new jobs in communities all over Ireland. The event outlined below has a focus on getting started!
Jobs and Skills for a Circular Economy Event
The event will take place on 29th October held in Athlone Institute of Technology will explore the job opportunities a Circular Economy (with particular focus on reuse and repair) presents for Ireland and the skills base we need to develop in order to make the transition.
Featuring Duncan Stewart, Green Alliance, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Rediscovery Centre, RecycleIT, CIWM, Nevin Economic Research Institute, Wisetek and more, Future Jobs and Skills promises to be an engaging event to kick off this important conversation.
“As we move towards a circular economy, it’s not enough to focus on business opportunities and the changes businesses need to make. It is vitally important that we identify the types of jobs that will emerge and that we begin to build the required skills in rural areas and small towns so that the transition to a circular economy is a just transition that benefits communities all over Ireland,” says Joanne Rourke, Regional Resource Efficiency Officer for the Eastern Midlands Waste Management Office.
Claire Downey, Executive for CRNI, says “We can no longer follow this unsustainable ‘take, make and waste’ economic model that makes up the linear economy. At this event, we look forward to initiating the national conversation about the skills and training to build into educational curricula and professional development. This will enable the Irish workforce to deliver on a circular, inclusive and collaborative economy.”
This free event will run in Athlone IT from 9.30am to 1.30pm To register please see the Eventbrite link here.
This event is supported by the Eastern Midlands Regional Waste Office, Chartered Institute of Waste Management, Community Reuse Network of Ireland, Athlone IT and Midlands Regional Skills Forum.
For media inquiries or to arrange an interview contact: Christine Costelloe, CRNI’s Funding and Communications Manager, at Tel: 087 369 0396 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT is an award-winning social enterprise providing recycling collection and drop off services for all types of waste electrical, electronic equipment (WEEE) and pure metal items.
During 2018 Recycle IT operated drop off and collection services to tens of thousands of homes, schools, charities and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of batteries, computers, cables, monitors, kettles. microwaves and screens.
Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, Dormant Accounts Fund, Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare, and Wicklow.