Climate training

The Climate Programme supports and promotes the training and further education of skilled workers and managers in climate-relevant professions – bringing climate protection to everyday working life.

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Qualified managers and skilled workers are familiar with technologies, processes and behaviours to prevent greenhouse gas emissions and counter the impacts of climate change. This requires vocational training, as well as knowledge transfer between sectors and professions. Important professions and courses of study that focus on reducing greenhouse gases can be found in commerce, marketing, agriculture and nutrition, and financial investing, and on adaption to climate change in tourism and urban planning, for example.

What is climate training?

Professional development, training and practice

Climate training encourages integrating climate-relevant professional skills in VET ordinances when creating new occupations and developing existing ones in VPET programmes. In order to reinforce climate protection in teaching and in qualification procedures as well as in professional practice, climate training includes conducting analyses, drawing up procedural concepts for implementation and supporting those responsible for vocational education and training in developing teaching and examination aids and training courses. The FOEN and the SFOE coordinate their activities to achieve this.


Climate training helps to establish and expand networks of actors from professional and educational associations, advisers, educational institutions and businesses by organising knowledge transfer events.

Project support

Climate training offers financial support for innovative climate literacy projects aimed at different target groups under Article 41 of the CO2 Act. Such projects make an effective contribution to promoting climate-friendly behaviour at work and in everyday life.

You can find more information here:

Basic information and further aids

Climate dossier: This themed dossier, containing level-appropriate, cross-curricular learning opportunities on climate change, climate protection and climate policy for pre-primary and primary level and lower and upper secondary level, is published on the éducation21 portal in German, French and Italian. It was produced with the financial support of BAFU.

The climate glossary, which is available in German, French and Italian, describes around 30 key terms, giving sources and references to further information. It helps to facilitate a good understanding among those responsible for education and helps to use the terms consistently.

The environment glossary, which is available in German, French and Italian, describes around 40 key terms from the environmental and energy sector, the definitions of which are not yet used universally. It complements the climate glossary.

Glossar Klima (PDF, 2 MB, 14.01.2020)Basisbegriffe für die Berufsbildung (available in German, French or Italian)

(Environment glossary, in preparation)

Further information


Arbeitshilfe «Jeder Beruf zählt» (PDF, 1 MB, 14.08.2020)(available in German)

The working guide assists vocational training coordinators with identifying the environment, climate and energy topics that are relevant to their professions, and incorporating them appropriately into training.


Last modification 14.06.2023

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