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June 2013

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The GreenPoint initiative aims at creating a new environmental figure for the metal sector, especially SMEs with low-qualified workers, in order to foster a green culture in the sector and provide a qualified staff, able to deal with the environmental performance of the enterprises

The pressure is on for the European metal coating sector to comply with increasingly stringent environmental regulations and client requirements for environmental control measures. The European metal working sector consists of over 400,000 companies and the environmental impact of the sector is considerable.  However, the majority of metal sector companies are Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which do not always have the resources to employ staff with the competencies to respond to new environmental requirements. This skills gap in hindering sustainable business development in the metals sector. The Green Point initiative aims to overcome this barrier to sustainable business development by providing fully funded environmental training to metal sector employees. The Green Point project team are developing an online environmental training course that is bespoke to metal and automotive SMEs. The course will give metal sector employees the knowledge and skills that will enable them to promote pollution prevention and environmental innovation in the workplace.Since the beginning of the Green Point project in 2012, a needs assessment has been completed to establish the environmental training requirements of the metals and automotive sectors. This involved surveying 160 employees in the metal sector to get an accurate understanding of the training needs of the sector. The findings of the research were used to write the Green Point Qualification Standard, which will inform the content of the online Green Point training course. Through this newsletter, we would like to share the progress of the project with you. We also invite you to share with us your opinion and comments on the project by visiting our website: www.greenpointonline.eu, or writing us to greenpoint@femeval.es.

Project advancements and activities

Report on the training needs assessment in the metal setor
The Green Point Worker implements professional tasks in the workplace in accordance with environmental protection procedures in the enterprise. Within the scope of their job, the Green Point worker performs professional tasks, whilst dedicating some of part of their working time to operations related to environmental protection in the enterprise. You can read more about this news and download this report here
Partnership meeting in Radom
The second meeting of GreenPoint project partners was held on the 6th and 7th of June 2013 in Radom (Poland). During this meeting, FEMEVAL presented the findings of the survey on training needs 
relating to the environment in the metals and automotive sectors. The survey involved 160 companies from the five participating countries. A comparative study on the different environmental regulations in each of the participating countries was also reviewed. Read more about this news here.
Environmental Academy offers Greenpoint online training course to Nissan Employees in the UK

The Environmental Academy is currently training Environmental Auditors at Nissan and has offered the Greenpoint online environmental awareness course, funded by the Lifelong Learning programme, to employees as part of their continual professional development. Read more about this news here.

Related activities
e-SKILL project: environmental skills in the construction sector
This project, in which Equipo Humano is involved as a partner, is in an advanced stage of execution. The project enables workers from the contruction sector to adquire new skills related to environment and give recognition of their qualification Europe wide. To learn more about this project, click here.
Learning mentor project: vocational training knowledge for learning mentors
The project “LearningMentor” aimed to develop a qualification for learning mentors who serve as the contact person in a company for questions regarding vocational education. As an integral part of the company they have a full understanding of the work requirements and working conditions. To learn more about this project, click here.
Guidance Dialogue project
This project “GuidanceDialogue” set out to develop guidelines for the educational guidance process and seeks to contribute to the improvement of the connections between the educational sectors, particularly vocational and further education. The guidance process is meant to be organised in a subject-oriented, neutral and provider-independent way. To learn more about this project, click here.

GreenPoint project partners:
Fundacion equipo humano
Environmental Academy ITeE-PIB bfw GNFA
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GreenPoint: Development of the GreenPoint Qualification Standard and its implementation in small enterprises of the metal sector.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Project No. 526638-LLP-1-2012-1-ES-LEONARDO-LMP