WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) 2015 estimates that the transition to a circular economy across Europe will create up to 3 million new jobs and reduce unemployment by 520,000 people. Hence, 400,000 new jobs are expected in France (Club of Rome 2016) and 500,000 in the UK.
These will mainly be new jobs resulting from increased recycling, income logistics and secondary markets. If local authorities are given an appropriate education and training strategy, they will have the opportunity to create new jobs for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A significant change is needed in the France Channel England area, as the latest figures show unemployment rates at 3.9% (1.3 million people) in England and 8.6% (2.4 million people) in France, one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe in 2019 with youth unemployment reaching a record number in the country (Statista 2019). Aligning growth of new markets, like the Circular Economy, with upskilling people to secure work in those markets is key to positively tackling unemployment in the area.
To address this, this project will create a cross-border model that enables Local Authorities to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable Circular Economy. This be carried out from 3 directions, each corresponding to a project Work Package:
The project will run for 38 months from April 2020. Overall budget EUR5.6m (European Regional Development Fund contribution EUR3.8m) ARU budget EUR566,479.
The Faculty of Business and law are a delivery partner and are leading on Work Package 2.