Topic 1 Circular skills and applications

In the figure above, we can identify the basic itineraries of circular production which follow a totally different path than the linear one. The latter would go from production, to consumption and waste. To develop people involved in this process, they need to have key skills/talents connected to and needed for the circular economy.

In a transitioning industry which struggles to become greener and more digital, skills’ and talents’ needs are shifting. Some production lines might become automated, but the human capital involved will sustain its role especially in regard to decision-making, design-thinking and collaborating.

Take for instance the figure below with roles connected to digital and green sectors. Try to identify yourself in these roles and in combination with the image above to find a suitable role for yourself in the production chain.

  • Try to create a poster of yourself with key roles for supply chains and according to Figures 1 and 2. You can identify them by drawing or writing and reflect on which skills can be applied in the circular economy context and in which role. Combine also skills from Learning Activities in Unit 1 related to interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills.

Example: Working in a remanufacturing unit requires good communication with colleagues and your supervisor and attention to detail.