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Towards a Circular Economy: Generating a New Professional Profile in Household Appliance Sector

Erasmus+ KA2 2017-2019


The Erasmus+ Project Cir-Eco is a European partnership project that aims to support the transition towards a circular economy, with a specific focus on the Household Appliance sector.

This transition towards a circular economy requires qualified workforce with specific and sometimes new skills, and opportunities for employment and social dialogue.

In this sense, the project partners will jointly identify, describe and develop the Professional Profile that will be needed to make the Circular Economy a reality in the Household Appliance Sector (repairing, refurbishing and recycling discarded equipment).

Expertise is gathered and shared by the following partners:

  • ACLIMA from Spain
  • Fondo Formación Euskadi from Spain
  • ISQ from Portugal
  • Chamber of Commerce Slovenia
  • Syntra West from Belgium

    Project Aims

  • the identification, definition and description of the Professional Profile of workers that will participate in the repairing, refurbishing and recycling of discarded equipment in order to reduce the use of raw materials, minimize the generation of waste, increase the use of the products, etc…
  • the description and development of the Training Curriculum and training modules included in the New Professional Profile in Household Appliance Sector within the Circular Economy but not covered by the formal Educational System developed in the participant countries.
  • Create a Learning Virtual Environment with the training materials developed to facilitate the access to the target group.

    Direct target group

  • Unemployed people who want to insert in the labour market
  • Workers that need to re orientate their careers to get a stable job
  • Workers within companies of Household Appliance Sector that change its economic system from lineal to circular.
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