Become a certified CIRCO trainer!

Building on previous and ongoing efforts for raising awareness on the circular economy and circular business models, GIZ is bringing the CIRCO methodology to Viet Nam to train consultants and business leaders in creating business through circular design. We are looking for candidate trainers in Viet Nam to learn and master the methodology in order to support local companies in their transition to a circular economy.  

What is the CIRCO methodology? 

CIRCO is a methodology developed by researchers from the Technical University of Delft and practitioners in the Netherlands. It successfully supported 2000 companies in the Netherlands alone, of which two-thirds implement the roadmap they have developed in the CIRCO programme. The methodology is utilised in 12 other countries with CIRCO Hubs established, such as Singapore, Thailand, Brazil, and Sri Lanka.

A CIRCO track usually consists of three one-day workshops.


Delving deeper into the design principles of circular economy to identify loss of valuable materials in the business; thus, circular opportunities are revealed.


Formulating circular value propositions and business models from the identified opportunities in Day 1.


Design implementation roadmap to bring circular propositions to market, participants pitching their plan to fellow trainees.


Why should you become a CIRCO trainer? 

  • Improve your knowledge and skills as a consultant on circular design and business models
  • Get trained by experienced international experts on a globally recognised methodology
  • Earn additional income through delivering CIRCO programmes in Viet Nam
  • Support and train companies to transition to circular business models
  • Become part of global network of circular economy change agents

Who would be the perfect candidate trainer? 

  • Have strong affinity and enthusiasm for the circular economy
  • Prove sufficient knowledge of business (model) development, industrial and product design
  • Prove significant training experience and being didactically strong and sufficiently senior
  • Be familiar with business drivers, processes and sentiments
  • Have working experience in one or more of the following sectors: plastics and packaging, electronics and batteries, textiles, agriculture, aqua-culture, forestry, agro-processing, energy, construction material or other manufacturing sectors
  • Be able to access relevant business networks
  • Have good communication and persuasion skill
  • Be motivated and committed to conducting further trainings in the future
  • Have excellent English skills as theT2T will be conducted in English, further tracks shall be delivered in Vietnamese

What does the training involve? How much effort is required of you? 

Up to 10 candidate trainers will be trained by 2 certified international CIRCO trainers in a series of 3 workshops and 1 meta-level training (total of 4 days of training). This first training track will happen in January 2024 (date to be confirmed). 2-3 of the candidate trainers will execute their first CIRCO training track for up to 10 companies supported by a certified CIRCO trainer. Afterwards, they will be certified as CIRCO trainers.

The training is offered for free to the participating candidate trainers. Travel and accommodation costs for participating will have to be covered by the candidate trainers. The candidate trainers will be compensated for (co-)conducting their 2nd track as part of training as well as any further training tracks. Once certified, each trainer is offered the opportunity to deliver at least one CIRCO training track until March 2025, where he/she will be compensated.

If you would like to learn more, join us for an online info session on November 13, 2023 at 3-4PM.
How to join?  

Apply to join the CIRCO Training-to-Trainer here by 19 November.

This measure is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – as part of the global programme “Go Circular”. Go Circular aims to support the transition to a Circular Economy (CE) at global level and in the three partner countries: Colombia, Ghana, and Viet Nam. The programme works in three priority areas: i) Promoting innovation, ii) Scaling up solutions, and iii) Action in global alliances. In Viet Nam, Go Circular works closely with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) as key political partners. It aims to promote CE business models through support to the private sector and on relevant decrees and policy initiatives.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Vu Minh Nguyet, Senior Project Officer
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
T +84 (0) 24 323 73634, ext. 310
M +84 (0) 98 892 8573