WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) 2015 estimates that the transition to a circular economy across Europe will create up to 3 million new jobs and reduce unemployment by 520,000 people. Thus,400,000 new jobs are expected in France (Club of Rome 2016) and 500,000 in the UK.
These will mainly be new jobs resulting from increased recycling, income logistics and secondary markets. If local authorities are given an appropriate education and training strategy, they will have the opportunity to create new jobs for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A radical change is needed in the France Channel - England area as the latest figures show an unemployment rate of 3.9% (1.3 million people) in England and 8.6% (2.4 million people) in France (one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe in 2019) (Statista 2019).
Selected within the framework of the European programme of cross-border cooperation INTERREG V A France (Channel) England, the BLUEPRINT project will carry out this work by 3 approaches:
The BLUEPRINT project has a budget of €5.6 million over 3 years, co-financed to the tune of €3.9 million by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund). It brings together French and British partners: Essex County Council (chef de file du projet), Kent County Council, EcoWise, Anglia Ruskin University, Peterborough Environmental City Trust, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, ESITC Caen, UniLaSalle, Morlaix Communauté et Neoma Business School.