Essential Knowledge and Skills for SME Leaders

In today’s world, sustainability is not just a buzzword; it is a critical aspect of business success. Based on that, the first module of the course is the kick-off start to ensure that future and actual SME leaders can take their businesses to new heights of sustainable growth. This module was built to inspire leaders who understand the importance of environmental responsibility but don’t consider having the necessary skills and competencies to drive the sustainable growth that their business needs.  


The first part of the module is based on clarifying a key concept for the rest of the course: Green Human Capital, which means the cultivation of environmentally conscious and sustainable skills, knowledge, and practices among individuals. It recognizes the importance of human resources in addressing ecological and sustainability challenges and emphasizes the need for a workforce that is not only skilled but also environmentally aware, capable of making eco-friendly decisions and contributing to a more sustainable future. This concept is vital in the context of addressing climate change, resource conservation, and promoting responsible consumption and production and in this chapter, the learners will deeply understand ways to develop and enhance green human capital and key skills that need to be acquired by the leaders in the Green Sector. 


The second part of the module will demonstrate to learners the importance of acquiring vocational qualifications that are relevant to the green sector, enhancing their credibility and expertise. Of course, the importance of education and training to develop Green Human Capital is deeply approached and explained, by presenting initiatives and methodologies to learn more and more about sustainability in business and its relevance. 


With the growing focus on sustainability and environmental consciousness, the third and last part of the module focuses on sharing useful strategies for maintaining and updating green knowledge and skills. Understanding how to stay updated and develop expertise in green practices is important for career growth and making a positive impact on the environment. 


At the end of the first module, learners will feel motivated and ready to keep their learning experience process on how to become a sustainable leader and inspire their workers, colleagues, and customers to prioritize green-friendly practices in their business, routines, and consumption practices.  By living in a globalized and incredibly fast and changing world, one of the main lessons from the first module of the GreenELEMENT project is the importance of constantly searching for learning experiences, training, and information to increase their expertise, ensure that their knowledge is scientifically proved and updated with the current climate change needs.  


It is important to underline that Businessmen and Businesswomen have a crucial role in the economic, political, and social parts of society and it is extremely relevant that they are not only aware of climate change needs and problems but also know how to properly collaborate to minimize the impact of their business on earth. The GreenELEMENT course will guide leaders to build their ideas, work culture, and products always considering climate change and sustainable practices.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them. 2022-1-NL01-KA220-VET-000087087

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