S-CircEl: Social and Circular Ecosystems with a focus on progression to paid employment

ESF, oproep Transnationaliteit

Our partners

  • Ellen Delie, Province of East Flanders
  • Mieke Pieters, The Circular Hub
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Research project


Transition from the social economy to a sustainable, paid job (in the regular circuit) is and remains a major challenge. Within this project, we look for new opportunities to (re)activate this target group in the (regular) labour market and to increase their chances of a sustainable job. We focus on short- and medium-skilled profiles with a distance to the labour market.



We find opportunities for sustainable employment for our target group, among others, in the growing circular economy. The transition to a more circular model will - in addition to ecological and economic added value - also create important social effects, especially in the area of employment. The circular labour market offers opportunities for people with different levels of education, with demand also - and even especially - for short- and medium-skilled profiles to support this transition. Circular economy could therefore mean a boost for the sustainable (regular) employment of people distanced from the labour market.

In this project, we focus on 2 bottlenecks:

  • Bottleneck 1: offering and filling (new) sustainable circular jobs.
  • Bottleneck 2: setting up new partnerships between managers.

Both bottlenecks benefit from mapping out the desired competences.


We formulate 2 objectives in this project:

  • Objective 1: develop competence profiles for circular jobs aimed at short and medium-skilled people with a distance to the labour market.
  • Objective 2: develop a competency model for managers who wish to invest in social-circular cooperation and co-creation.

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