SIRCLES
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Supporting Circular Economy Opportunities for Employment and Social Inclusion

About the project

The high rate of youth unemployment, in particular NEETs and women, in the Mediterranean basin has economic and social consequences that are not specific to one country, but rather impact all Mediterranean countries. These groups share common challenges like lack of education, unequal access to education and employment, mismatch of their skills with the needs of the labour market, and they suffer a difficult transition from school to work.  SIRCLES partners want to explore new employment opportunities by applying the circular economy model applied to the biowaste sector. The project will mainly focus on developing new capacities oriented to business development and separation, collection, composting and agriculture processes. The training will be tested through 7 pilot projects that address the hotel, food retail and household sectors, adjusted to the diverse local contexts of each territory involved in the project. Consequently, SIRCLES will contribute to the creation of green jobs by involving the most vulnerable sectors of the population and supporting environmental sustainability.

Key information

SIRCLES
Supporting Circular Economy Opportunities for Employment and Social Inclusion
A.3 Promotion of social inclusion and the fight against poverty
A.3.1 Professionalization of young people (NEETS) and women
Spain, Greece, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Italy

Financial data

3.8 million
Total budget
3.4 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

10
Partners
7
Countries
8
Technical outputs

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Objective

To increase green employment opportunities by providing skills to NEET and women based on circular economy business models applied to the hotel, food retail and household sectors

What will be improved?

It is estimated that 107 new jobs will be created directly by the project, including 98 for NEETs and women, whilst job creation is expected to increase by 20% 5 years after the project completion. Pilots will continue developing circular economy business models, serving as training platforms, even after the project ends, for an emerging sector that is foreseen to create more opportunities in the future. Finally, the project will promote job placements for vulnerable groups in new services created by the partners, mainly related to waste management and farming.

Who will benefit?

  • Unemployed women of all ages and NEETs of 18–24 years at risk of exclusion
  • Municipalities and employment services
  • Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions
  • Accommodation, farming, tourism, food retail sectors and waste management companies
     

Expected achievements

  • Local Strategic Alliance for circular economy and social inclusion set up and involving 21 organisations
  • 5 curricula focused on skills development and training 
  • 7 pilots based on composting plants and organic farming sites 
  • 200 contracts for logistic operators and composting managers, technical promoters, and socio-labour insertion of technicians in the circular biowaste management loop
  • 7 policy toolkits employment and training for in the circular economy sector
     

Contribution to policy-making

SIRCLES will provide the necessary empirical evidence needed to inform policy-makers and further develop the emerging sector of circular economy. One of the project outputs will be the policy toolkit that will include recommendations and lessons learned from the different circular biowaste business models piloted, helping the policy-making community support marketable skills development and employability of vulnerable groups in the circular economy sector. Hence, the policy framework in all the involved territories will benefit from innovative inputs that address a wide array of policies dealing with sustainable economic development. These policy recommendations will be capitalised on through the Local Strategic Alliances, but also at cross border level via the Mediterranean SIRCLES Network.

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SIRCLES: vacancy for a technical expert - compost trainer in Greece

National Technical University of Athens, Greek Partner of SIRCLES project, is looking for a Biologist/Researcher for a new job creation "technical expert - compost traine…

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SIRCLES: call for an external auditor in Greece

The deadline for submitting bids is 29th of Oct 2021. The National Technical University of Athens has launched a call for selecting an external auditor.

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SIRCLES: new call for tender for contractors in Catalonia-Spain

Deadline is on November 12, 2021.Fundació i Treball Empresa d'Inserció (FiTEI) is calling contractors for works of adaptation of the 64 meters square land of the future c…

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SIRCLES: application launched for its first training on circular economy in Puglia, Italy

The training course for NEETS will take place online mid-November 2021. It will focus on circular economy, waste management and green jobs.

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SIRCLES: “The soil is like a carbon sink that helps us to reduce the impact of greenhouse emissions”

With the circular economy, we use resources more efficiently and generate more jobs. Therefore, the economic balance is more positive, and t…

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SIRCLES: Call for tender for a compost expert in Catalonia- Spain

Formació i Treball Empresa d’Inserció (FITEI) is launching a call for tender for a compost expert in Catalonia- Spain. The deadline to submit the application is October 4, 202…

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SIRCLES: Call for tender for an external auditor in Greece

Organization Earth, SIRCLES project partner in Greece is launching a call for tender to select an external auditor. Deadline: 25th September.

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SIRCLES: call for tender for an auditor in Catalonia

The Agència de Residus de Catalunya (ARC) in Catalonia-Spain is launching a call for tender for an external auditor for SIRCLES project.

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SIRCLES: call for tender for a capitalization plan in Catalonia

The Agència de Residus de Catalunya (ARC) in Catalonia – Spain is launching a call for tender for a capitalization plan. Deadline: 22nd September 2021.

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SIRCLES: Call for applications to recruit an architect, a consultant and a trainer in Tunisia

Tunisia Ecotourism, SIRCLES partner in Tunisia launches a call for applications, for the recruitment of an architect, a trainer and a consultant. Deadline for applications: 6 …

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SIRCLES: call for tenders for a compactor truck in Ramallah - Palestine

House of Water and Environment (HWE), partner of the SIRCLES project, funded by the ENI CBC Med Programme, has launched a call for tenders for a compactor truck in Ramallah ci…

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SIRCLES: Lella Miccolis, a story of composting and female entrepreneurship in Puglia, Italy

Meet Lella Miccolis, CEO of Progeva Progeva Srl, a SIRCLES associate partner in Puglia, Italy

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SIRCLES: Job vacancy to cover maternity leave in Italy

The Italian Composting and Biogas Association partner of SIRCLES project is looking for a self-employed person to cover a maternity leave during the months of September 2021 to February 2022 (included).

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SIRCLES: Potential opportunities and job creation in the circular economy in Jordan

SIRCLES project reviews the potential of jobs in the energy, water, agriculture and waste management sectors in Jordan.

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SIRCLES: call for tender for a trainer in Catalonia, Spain

Fundació i Treball Empresa de Inserción (FITEI) launched a call for a trainer to conduct the trainings for NEETs and women under the SIRCLES project in a community compost area (Vila-seca, Tarragona) in Catalon…

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SIRCLES: call for tender for contractors in Catalonia- Spain

Fundació i Treball Empresa de Inserción (FITEI) is calling contractors for works of adaptation in 64 meters square in the community composting area in Vila-seca (Tarragona) in Catalonia where SIRCLES project wi…

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SIRCLES: call for tenders for an external audit in Catalonia-Spain

Formacio i Treball is launching a call to select an external auditor in Catalonia- Spain in charge of the expenditure and revenue verification in SIRCLE’s project.

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SIRCLES: Call for tenders for an external auditor in Jordan

EDAMA (Association for Energy and Water and Environment in Jordan) is looking for an external auditor to take charge of the validation and certification of the expenses incurred within the framework of SIRCLES …

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SIRCLES: Call for tender for an external auditor in Italy

The Italian Composting and Biogas Association – CIC, Italian partner of SIRCLES project, has launched a call for selecting an external auditor.

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SIRCLES: call for tenders for a truck to collect organic waste in Catalonia

Extension of deadline to August 3, 2021 of this tender for a truck to collect organic waste from the hotels and restaurants in the pilot community compost area of Vila-seca in…

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SIRCLES: Call for tender for solid waste management consultant in Lebanon

The René Moawad Foundation, partner of SIRCLES in Lebanon who has to set up a composting plant in Hbaline, Byblos district, Mount Lebanon governorate is launching a tender for…

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SIRCLES: call for tenders for an external auditor in Palestine

House of Water and Environment, partner of the SIRCLES project in Palestine, requests a quotation for an external auditor.

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SIRCLES: Work in progress for the construction of a communal compost area in the municipality of Vila-seca, Spain

The Waste Agency of Catalonia has launched the work on the communal compost area in Vila-seca city in Catalonia where NEETs women in social …

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SIRCLES: call for tenders for an advisory service

SIRCLES project is looking for an advisory service led by the Agència de Residus de Catalunya.

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SIRCLES: call for tenders for a local collaborator in Apulia Region, Italy

The Italian Composting and Biogas Association – CIC, Italian partner of SIRCLES project, has launched a call for selecting a collaborator for the local activities in Apulia Re…

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SIRCLES: call for tenders for an auditor in Lebanon

René Moawad Foundation (RMF) is launching a tender to assign an auditor for SIRCLES project in Lebanon.

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SIRCLES project is looking for a communication expert

The René Moawad Foundation, partner of SIRCLES in Lebanon and leading the communication work package, is launching a tender for a communication expert to develop a Communication and Dissemination Plan.

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