Junior Expert Circular Economy

Groupe cible: School graduates

One of the most important levers for increasing resource efficiency is the circular economy. This can help to get a grip on the growing global demand for resources and high CO₂ intensity. The sensitivity of the markets and political regulations for more environmental and climate protection as well as a rethinking of global supply chains are creating a high demand for expert knowledge among companies.

As a result, myclimate is developing a pilot course "Junior Expert Circular Economy" together with partners from Italy, Finland and Estonia. The two Swiss associations swisscleantech and öbu have already promised their support. 
The one-year course, which is free of charge, is aimed at school graduates from the four partner countries, who will be prepared in a practical way for the requirements of the circular economy. The aim is to build a bridge between technical know-how, business knowledge and creative thinking. The ultimate goal is to offer participants an attractive training and to bring the fresh experts to the business community to start or further develop circular concepts.

The course starts already in January 2021 and includes 480 hours in the online classroom, a three-month internship and a final phase with exams in Ferrara/ Italy. Participation is open to 25 school graduates (EQF level IV) from Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Germany and Estonia between the ages of 18 and 25. The working language is English.

Diverse experts teach on topics related to the analysis, evaluation and improvement of manufacturing processes, impact assessment methods, total quality management for environmental sustainability, ISO standards, entrepreneurship and digital competencies.

Graduates earn a "Higher Technician Certificate." The accreditation according to the Italian IFTS standard also allows a transfer to the Swiss VET system in the medium term.

After the "Junior Expert Circular Economy" course, graduates will be able to...

  • ...understand the impact of company performance on the ecosystem and guide the implementation and promotion of strategies for environmental protection and energy saving.
  • ...understand corporate quality systems and quality control of products and processes.
  • ...Assume the role of facilitator for process innovation related to the circular economy.
  • ...to describe the potential and opportunities of the circular economy to contribute to sustainable development.
  • ...contribute to the optimization of processes, products and services in terms of their circularity.
  • ...evaluate industrial processes and products in terms of their life cycle in order to reduce their environmental impact.
  • ...apply project management tools, especially in relation to projects and interventions that increase the sustainability of industrial processes.

Further information about the project "Junior Experts Circular Economy" can be found here.

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