#PJstories – Interview with Liene Saulīte

Liene participated in the Training Course “Good Jobs Green Jobs” organized by PROJUVEN in Benalmádena, Spain

Hello Liene! Can you give us your opinion about the project “Good Jobs Green Jobs“?

This training course gave us guidance along a green employability path, focusing on green skills and competencies that youth organizations can provide. In this project, I met people from 7 different countries – Germany, Slovakia, Belgium, Latvia, Italy, Bulgaria, and Spain. It was a rewarding experience to have learning sessions and activities with other participants and learn more about their countries and culture. We also learned about EU Green Deal and future career opportunities. Besides the training, I met new friends, and I had time to visit beautiful places in the coast of Andalusia.

Why is promoting the green economy so crucial? How can the green and just transition benefit the job career of young people?

In recent years, the transition from education to work has become more prolonged and unpredictable. In fact, due to different and successive crises, many young people find themselves neither in employment nor in education and training. And youth with little or no education is highly marginalized, and increasingly far from jobs. At the same time, there is still an unexploited potential in the green economy: environment protection can provide the base for new work opportunities. Clean growth can make a real difference in people’s lives, from reducing energy bills and improving air quality, to supporting new technologies and boosting earning power in high-quality jobs. Not only do green jobs present a golden opportunity to reverse unemployment, but they’re also basic common sense. Right now, young people are being taught and given careers advice on jobs that may not even exist in 10 years’ time. We’re setting them up to fail where we could be training them to succeed.

What is the most important thing you have learned during the training? How do you plan to share and use your knowledge?

I learned a lot about climate change and how it is connected to the economy. It was interesting to learn how moving to a green economy would create different types of jobs – green jobs. This project made me aware of the importance of living green and how I could improve my daily habits and work environment to preserve that. I highly recommend this organization and the projects they offer.

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