About the project

The circular economy concept is a response to the aspiration for sustainable growth in the context of the growing pressure of production and consumption on the world’s resources and environment. The greening of the European economy, as outlined in the EU 2020 strategy, will have profound effects on the labour market and the development of the skills of the European population.

Making the transition to a circular economy requires a pressing need for new skills, competences and approaches. Education, initial and continuous vocational training and non vocational adult learning (or “lifelong learning”) have a critical role to play in delivering and updating relevant skills.

CYCLE project is intended to create a set of tools that improve and develop non vocational adult trainers (henceforth, NVATs) training competences that ensure the introduction of circular economy competences in adult training, contributing to the creation of an attractive learning pathway for NVATs and facing the existing gap in this area.

CYCLE project aims to develop competences for circular economy of NVATs in order to facilitate the transversal integration of these competences in adult education, contributing to the development and expansion of their professional and educational skills which are necessary, and which need to be addressed alongside the environmental demands and the sustainability targets for 2020 in the field of Circular Economy.

The project has been financed within the framework of ERASMUS+ programme, Strategic partnership in the field of adult education (Ref. 2017-1-ES01-KA204-038470) and will be implemented from October 2017 to September 2019.



During the project development the project partnership will develop and build CYCLE Competence Centre addressed for adult trainers to learn about competences for the circular economy.

It will be an online environment based on a social learning methodology that will provide the adult trainers with a specific social learning area that support training, knowledge sharing and networking, easily adaptable and updated to new challenges and opportunities, and sustainable in time and resources. Focused on competences for the circular economy, it aspires to be a European meeting and working point for adult trainers to improve their competences and their capacity to train.

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    Why Circular Economy Competences?

    As defined by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, as the name suggests, a ‘circular economy’ is a feedback-rich approach, (often described as ‘circularity’) with its subject matter the choices we make around resources – the economy. It rests in contradistinction to a linear economy. A circular economy uses insights into real world systems which are complex, adaptive systems. These systems are open to modelling and influence where we emphasise participation, connections and understanding consequences rather than the identification of parts and their manipulation.

    A maturing circular economy will face three big challenges, as Walter Stahel (architect and industrial analys) frames it. The challenge of ‘Re-‘ that is the challenge to perfect re-using, re-manufacturing, re-designing and all the other ‘re-‘ actions that need to occur to keep resources at their highest value for the longest possible time. Secondly follows the challenge of ‘De’, when products can no longer be re-cycled in a value-adding way: ‘de-constructing’, ‘disassembling’, ‘de-taching’. The third challenge comes with a capital K – Knowledge. Education about the circular economy framework and the crucial knowledge for it, such as technical and economic understanding, as well as ‘materials-literacy’, needs to permeate every level of society, not just c-suites and experts. As stressed and highlighted during the discussion taken at the “Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference” (9-10 March, 2017) in Brussels, every worker, consumer and so, adult should be equipped with such knowledge, thus, education stands as one of the building blogs of a circular economy, including awareness raising in general public and business community and integration of circular concepts at all levels of education, starting from the lifelong learning approach. Thus, CYCLE projects stands for a shift to the circular economy by supporting integration of circular economy into adult education curriculum and outreach programs to increase awareness in the general public and so, contributing to the construction of knowledge society based on human capital development.

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    The project has been financed within the framework of ERASMUS+ programme, Strategic partnership in the field of adult education, ref. 2017-1-ES01-KA204-038470.

    This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.