Project title: Train4ESG (Training finance sector professionals on environment, social and governance projects and investments)
Key action: KA2
Action type: Cooperation partnerships in adult education (KA220-ADU)
Project number: 2023-1-FR01 -KA220-ADU-000155643
Project duration: 1 December 2023 – 31 May 2026
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PARIS EUROPLACE (France)
CAMERA DI COMMERCIO ITALO-LUSSEMBURGHESE (Luxembourg)
TALLINNA TEHNIKAULIKOOL (Estonia)
During the last couple of years, the number and value of ESG investments have been growing at an unprecedented pace, as investors recognize that ESG factors will significantly impact the long-term value of their portfolios. This growth has been reinforced following the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, which increased the interest of institutional investors in ESG.
Despite this growth and interest in ESG investments, digital finance and banking professionals lack the knowledge and skills needed to understand, assess, validate and monitor ESG assets and investments. This is largely because ESG topics are new and have hardly been part of any university or professional curriculum up to date.
Furthermore, there is a lack of high-quality courses on ESG investments, beyond simple, introductory tutorials. Train4ESG will fill in the gap in ESG professional education based on developing a novel training programme for ESG investments.
The course, which will be developed during the project, will provide fintech and other digital finance professionals with the skills they need to understand, assess, validate and monitor ESG projects. In this way, the project will contribute to an increased number of effective ESG investments and will help the accelerated approval and implementation of ESG-related business plans. The project's results will become publicly and openly accessible to European digital financial professionals. Based on the project's communication and dissemination activities, TrainESG will ensure broad outreach towards digital finance organizations, while strengthening the overall impact of the results on the ESG market and the digital finance sector at large.
The open nature of the project's results will boost their adoption by Small and Medium Enterprises in the digital finance sectors, which lack the equity capital needed to invest in high-quality ESG education.
We aim to achieve 4 objectives:
To identify the skills gaps in the fast-growing ESG segment of the digital finance market.
To design and develop a complete and integrated ESG training program comprising various levels of knowledge and targeting finance sector professionals.
To validate and fine-tune the Courses based on the delivery of the program to the target audiences of the financial sector.
To ensure the sustainable development and wider use of the ESG training programme.