Organization that is implementing
Bulgaria Austria Germany France Belgium
The Go4DiGREEN digital job training program aims to improve the situation of European refugees by improving digital and entrepreneurial skills of this target group in a measurable and sustainable way. Go4DiGREEN is an innovative and rapid response to the changing operational context due to the pandemic and climate change, as two major factors for the shrinking of the humanitarian space. The project goes beyond existing solution mechanisms for dealing with humanitarian challenges and integrating people who have been forced to flee their homes. Go4DiGREEN shifts the focus from basic economic integration to the empowerment of refugees, where they will be able to realize their potential and contribute to local economic and Green Deal development as entrepreneurs. Go4DiGreen in addition to the European dimension of the project, is an innovation that has the potential to be replicated around the world, where its impact will be multiplied. Go4DiGreen represents an economy that works for people, resources that fit the digital age, and the promotion of refugee entrepreneurship as a stronger and resilient response to recent humanitarian issues.
The core components of the project are based on a people-centered approach with a focus on accessibility and capacity building:
Digital guidelines to empower potential green entrepreneurs for the target group of vocational trainers.
European Green Entrepreneur for the target groups of entrepreneurs and vocational trainers – “ECQA Certified Refugee Entrepreneurship Trainer in Green Economy”.
to become a Certified European Green Entrepreneur – “ECQA Certified European Green Entrepreneur” the target group of refugees and migrants as well as for persons who want to acquire digital skills and qualifications as entrepreneurs in the green economy.
Green Entrepreneur for refugees and migrants as well as for persons who want to acquire digital skills and qualifications as entrepreneurs in the green economy.
The expected impact is to make refugees fit to become European green entrepreneurs so that they can contribute to the objectives of the Green Deal: Europe needs a clean and circular economy with more recycling, sustainable and intelligent mobility, and greener products in our shops.
How was the Project born?
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation even more dramatic, especially with regard to forced migration. Refugees are one of the most vulnerable groups in European society. They are even more affected by the consequences of the pandemic than the majority population and there is currently no prospect of an improvement in the situation. The accreditation or nostrification of their vocational training is often a further obstacle to the pursuit of a profession that corresponds to their qualifications and to a meaningful integration into society. On the other hand, refugees have a huge potential to contribute to society and to the ambitious goals of the EU Green Deal. They have a powerful role to play in driving the transformation towards climate neutrality forward, and could become climate diplomats in third countries.
Elements that facilitated the implementation
The training modules and the Go4DiGreen open online learning platform are closely linked. The training modules are delivered online via a user-friendly Open Online Learning Platform without login or registration. The modules are based on the ECQA competency map for certified green entrepreneurs and are divided into the following three areas: Develop your green business idea, plan your green business, Realize your green business. There will be 15 modules with easy-to-follow content that includes text and video.
Impact on refugees or local community lives?
For refugees, green entrepreneurship in a digital economy might become one of the few opportunities to make a living in the EU, without social welfare. Labor Market Services in all partner countries struggle with the overwhelming numbers of jobless people due to Covid-19. They have nothing to offer to the many jobless refugees who have next to no chance to get a new job. In 2021, the situation will be even more dramatic, when many large and small businesses will get bankrupt without the national Covid-19 support. Access of refugees to digital vocational training for green entrepreneurship will foster integration and economic empowerment
Potential of the good practice to be replicable
For Go4DiGREEN, innovative practices in a digital era mean new ways of gaining and applying digital competences, for those who need them most: Digital and entrepreneurial skills and competences for the vulnerable and disadvantaged group of forced migrants.