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Green and Blue Futures aims to deliver social outcomes through the involvement of social economy in managing the green and blue infrastructure and in particular through the training of the long-term unemployed and unemployed young people.

Giving training opportunities, the operators pursued several goals: the acquisition of knowledges and skills: social and interpersonal skills, basic skills and knowledge, job specific technical skills and knowledge, but also supporting professional orientation and giving a working experience.

Additional value to those can be reached through certification.

  • Official recognition that can be valorised when searching employment
  • Also important valorisation of the trainees, and invitation to project himself in the future.


Who is involved?

Organisation Pilot
Scottish Waterways Trust Canal College
Province de Hainaut Certification of trainees at Ferme Delsamme
Provincie West Vlaanderen Creating value through knowledge
Provincie West Vlaanderen Nature friendly maintenance of water buffers


What has been done?

  • Investigating the state of the art and the needs at partner level
  • Exchanges between partners on needs and how they are tackled (dedicated steering committee presentations and transnational workshops)
  • Building on transnational exchanges, study opportunities offered by local tools and actors (schools, certification institute, training operators...)
  • Develop partnership and create certification opportunities


Transnational added value

In Scotland, a well implemented process of certification, they have highlighted the advantage of such a system, shared lessons learned and how to valorised it as much as possible

Inspired by Scotland experience and responding to a field demand, Hainaut developed its own certification procedure.

Province of West Vlaanderen, building on the same principle and encouraged by the success in Hainaut, launched their study to develop a certification opportunities for the social enterprise they are working with.


Partnership activities

  • Detailed presentation of Canal College during Steering Committee (sharing experience)
  • Specific presentation and exchanges on the thematic during at least 2 steering commitee (How to work together)
  • One specific transnational workshops with various actors around the table: training operators, certification operators (schools), province



Canal College, Scotland

An outdoors heritage skills training programme for young people living in Edinburgh or Falkirk. 16-25 year old volunteers, who are not in employment, education or training, complete the 14 week course on the Forth & Clyde Canal, Union Canal and at The Falkirk Wheel.  The course is free to the participants.

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Certification of trainees by social promotion school network, Belgium

Delsamme farm is a socioprofessional integration operator who has a training section in market gardening. Within Green and Blue Futures, it improves the career paths of trainees through official recognition of their competencies by the Provincial Social Promotion School Network.

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Creating value through knowledge, Belgium

In Flanders, people working in the social economy sector are able to follow courses and get some attestation for acquired skills. However, these are not strongly recognized by the regular economy. This pilot aims to set up a recognised system.

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Nature friendly maintenance of water buffers, Belgium

In order to prevent flooding, buffers that stockpile water during heavy rain were realised. Based on conservation plans, social economy enterprises are hired for the green maintenance. This gives them a long time work perspective.

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