The European Training Foundation (ETF) has unveiled today the latest edition of the ETF Green Skills Award. This significant initiative strives to enhance global sustainability and progress by fostering environmentally responsible education, training, and skills development. Since its inception in 2021, the award has rapidly gained recognition as a distinguished platform for showcasing best practices in circular and carbon-neutral economies.

ETF Director ad interim, Xavier Matheu, stated, “The Green Skills Award has continued to expand and inspire positive change and innovation with each edition. Our goal is to facilitate a just an equitable transition towards a more sustainable and prosperous future, focusing on equal opportunities, digitalisation, and youth engagement. There is no green transition without skills”.


The previous two editions of the award garnered 198 applications and 26,700 votes from around the world. Winning initiatives from countries such as Armenia, Croatia, Kenya, India, Nigeria, Palestine and Türkiye concentrated on topics including upskilling refugees in solar energy and raising environmental awareness in schools. The new edition is anticipated to attract an even larger number of entries, further emphasising the essential role of education, training, and skills development in fostering a green and thriving world.

The ETF invites submissions of good practice stories on the development of green skills, aiming to provide inspirational and innovative ideas for policy-makers and practitioners worldwide. The award is open to enterprises, training providers, industries, sectors, public institutions, public employment services, and schools implementing measures to prepare learners for the green economy.

An international jury composed of experts from EU bodies and institutions, in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UNESCO, will select the 10 finalists. One winner will be chosen by public vote, and the international jury will select two additional winners based on criteria such as relevance, innovation, replicability, and impact.

Successful finalists will receive the ETF Green Skills 2023 Award and various benefits, including an invitation to the award ceremony, the opportunity to be showcased in high-profile publications and online communications, and the creation of short films highlighting their stories.

How to Apply?

To apply, candidates should complete an online application form available in English, French, or Russian by 23 April 2023 (23:59 CET).

More: The ETF Green Skills Award webpage

The European Training Foundation is the EU agency supporting countries surrounding  the European Union to reform their education, training and labour market systems. It currently works with 28 partner countries, mostly in the context of the EU’s enlargement and neighbourhood policies.