Green and renewable energy courses to train specialist technicians

November 2011 saw the inauguration of a new Advanced Technology Centre at the Institut Notre Dame in Brussels providing specialist training in the sector of green and renewable energy. The Centre aims to train technicians in the use, installation and maintenance of ultra-modern equipment which runs on green, renewable and reusable energy, in order to reduce the negative impact of energy consumption on the environment.

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Solar panels installed on the roof of the Advanced Technology Centre for green and renewable energy © Institut Notre Dame Solar panels installed on the roof of the Advanced Technology Centre for green and renewable energy © Institut Notre Dame

" At the Advanced Technology Centre for green and renewable energy, we are promoting vocational education and giving students the desire to learn technical trades by placing state of the art tools at their disposal. "

Christel Kumps, coordinator, Advanced Technology Centre for green and renewable energy

The Centre comprises six separate training areas which can accommodate up to 12 students each and are open six days a week. It is fitted with highly sophisticated equipment used for electricity production, heating and ventilation, including a range of boilers, heat pumps, buffer tanks and generators, with a view to acquainting students with the most modern methods of energy recovery and distribution of energy within homes.

Practical training to enhance employability

The training is of a practical nature and aims to simulate work situations as closely as possible so as to help students adapt more easily to eventual traineeships in companies and to enhance their employability, aiming to enable them to find jobs directly. A wide array of different courses are on offer in areas such as renewable energy, thermal and frigorific energy, electrical heating machinery, electrotechnics, electronics, gas and oil boilers and measurement.

The courses are aimed at full-time and further education students, as well as workers and job seekers, and also aim to complement less specialised, basic training provided for technicians and engineers. The Institut Notre Dame estimates that approximately 360 people should be trained by the Centre each year, with 25 % of places reserved for workers and job seekers.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Centre de Technologies Avancées – Énergies vertes et renouvelables” is EUR 953 000, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 476 500 from the Operational Programme “Brussels Capital Region” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.


Draft date

22/10/2015