For Slovenia, increasing the employment rate of the population aged 20-64 to 75% is one of the priorities until 2020. In 2013, this rate in Slovenia amounted to only 67.2%, which is a result of the financial and economic crisis and thus the lack of new jobs.
The transition to a green economy is an opportunity to create green jobs in the areas of sustainable supply and forest timber chain, waste recycling, water management, renewable energy sources, food production and processing. In order to promote the creation of new green jobs, it is necessary to ensure a link between measures in the labor market (promotion of employment, job creation, training and education) with measures for the transition to a green economy.
To this end, the following measures and activities are planned from the European Cohesion Policy:
- link development and innovative employment projects at local level to the creation of new green jobs and, where appropriate, appropriate training,
promoting social inclusion by supporting the development of type B social enterprises (employment of vulnerable groups in the labor market) linked to green jobs,
- the training programs should also include the necessary knowledge in the field of green economy development and sustainable development and, if necessary, develop special training programs with an emphasis on the target group of the unemployed, redundant workers and employees,
- adapting jobs, introducing and promoting forms of work that are adapted to social and demographic challenges, including by greening jobs by reducing environmental impact and increasing material and energy efficiency.
Based on the analysis of the situation, potentials and good practices in the field of green jobs in Slovenia, the following are identified as potential areas for green jobs in Slovenia: achieving food self-sufficiency with emphasis on organic production, which could bring 85,675 jobs in organic farming; the establishment of a timber value chain, which would bring 50,000 jobs through the revitalization of the wood processing industry; the transition to renewable energy sources, which, in addition to long-term energy security without depleting natural resources, could provide 22,000 jobs; and the waste management area, where there is room for an additional 8,000 jobs.
- Preparation of education and training programs for employment in green jobs
- Promoting various forms of employment in green jobs