About us —
The European postal industry is a key contributor to the European economy with an increased importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. While in 2019, the EU postal industry operated in 101,881 permanent post offices, employing 1.5 million people, in 2020, the sectoral importance has been increased even more since it employs now 1.8 million people (20% increase of manpower employed in the sector), while, for 2021, there are positive projections in terms of economic growth and competitiveness.
Moreover, the postal sector has been dealing with tremendous challenges in terms of digital and green transformation. The once traditional sector is currently moving fast to a new digital era while also undertaking concrete actions on environmental issues. The Global Panorama study of UPU indicates that there is an important growth in digital services over the past five years. Postal Operators around the world use 10-30% more postal digital services than before.
Regarding the sectorial environmental impact, statistics provided by UPU (Greening the Blue survey) show that there was an increase in CO2 emissions, water use, and waste generated per capita or per postal employee between 2017 and 2019. In order to reach the goals of green and digital economy, the postal sector should not only adapt to the new circumstances following the new drivers of change, but also acquire a leading role in contributing to future policies and strategies that lead to sustainable growth, excellence of the postal industry, job growth and social cohesion. The postal employees have to be adaptive in various changes bringing resilience not only to the postal sector, but also general socio-economic and environmental aspects. And this brings to view the need of having a skilled labor force with digital & green skills, as horizontal competences for their high performance, in order to foster the sector’s competitiveness and bring resilience.
About us –
Based on the above, the General Objective of the DigiGreenPost project can be summarized as follows: “DigiGreenPost intends to bring resilience to the postal industry through the provision of upskilling and reskilling opportunities for postal employees in green and digital competence areas, acting as an enabler towards the implementation of digital and green policy agendas, building the understanding of the importance of digital and green-related jobs throughout the sector”. The project will achieve this goal through the following activities:
- a Transnational Ecosystem for DigiGreen Skilled Postal Employees,
- Two New Skills Curricula,
- Pilot delivery of Training,
- a Dual Recognition Scheme in the Postal Sector,
- Dissemination and Exploitation Activities.
Finally, the DigiGreenPost Alliance has been set up according to the scope and priorities of particular action of the call. It consists of 12 full partners & 1 associated partner from 5 Programme countries (namely, GR, BE, RO, HR, DE), with a great expertise and experience in all the requested relevant areas (i.e., vocational training, postal sector knowledge, distance learning, digital skills, skills recognition, green economy & sustainability, postal & VET policy).
Our project brings together an appropriate mix of 12 partner organizations and 1 associated partner, namely:
- 1 Vocational Education and Training (VET) Provider – AKMI
- 2 training providers – Instruction & Formation & CPIP
- 1 Higher Education Institute – Hellenic Open University
- 1 Research Institute – Institute for Political Ecology
- 1 Network of VET providers – EVBB
- 2 Postal Enterprises – ELTA & Posta Romana
- 1 Sectoral EU Association – PostEurop
- 1 Accreditation Body – EuroCert
- 1 Quality Assurance (QA) Partner – BK-con
- 1 Communication Company – SLING Company
- 1 Associated Partner – Hellenic Authority for Communication
Security and Privacy (ADAE)
The DigiGreeNPost Project alliance will create a common learning and skills recognition framework, user friendly and accessible by all postal workers, who are seeking jobs in postal and delivery companies in different countries across the EU. By influencing the current status of the qualification frameworks as well as affecting the Vocational Education and Training (VET) offered in each country, our project will enable mobility of postal workers and to unify therefore the postal sector in the EU.