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BUILD UP Skills - Builders' Energy Efficiency Training (BUILD UP Skills BEET)

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The BUILD UP Skills BEET project aimed at introducing voluntary qualification schemes as well as 5 different training programmes to build up the energy efficiency skills of building sector workers. The project focused on the 5 following occupational fields: 1) building envelope, 2) glassing, 3) roofing, 4) energy infrastructures/electrical installations and 5) HVAC systems. The aim was to ensure coverage of all occupational fields identified and prioritized in the national Roadmap established under Pillar I of the BUILD UP Skills initiative.The implementation of the project involved the following main steps:
  1. Developing "large scale" training schemes by upgrading the national education system with voluntary qualification schemes and by ensuring recognition of skills obtained through previous experience and/or through corresponding training activities in non-formal education for 1.000 building sector workers.
  1. Building capacity of trainers and training providers to implement voluntary qualification schemes through the development of training curriculums based on the identified needs.
  1. Designing incentives to boost the demand for qualified workers and initiating dialogue with the national Ministry of Finance to ensure that criteria for energy efficiency skilled workers will be included in public tenders. Preparing a proposal for a paritarian fund as financial measure to encourage SME's participation in training programmes on energy efficiency in buildings.

Results

The project had the following objectives:
  • 200 trainers (40 per prioritized skill) trained and certified for energy efficiency programs;
  • 10 training providers (construction companies) for delivering practical classes;
  • 1000 certified workers with recognition of previous experience in energy efficiency after passing the process of recognition; 50 on-site workers trained for energy efficiency (pilot programme).
Major achieved results:
  • Development of voluntary qualifications schemes and deployment of "large scale" training schemes for the 5 prioritized skills;
  • Preparation of training programs for trainers and workers including examination for obtaining energy efficiency qualifications in the following fields: building envelope (facade/plastery, roof construction, outdoor and indoor carpentry), HVAC systems and electrical installations;
  • Design of training forms and criteria for trainers according to predefined national standards;
  • Organized 20 courses for trainers (4 courses for each training programme) resulting in 197 trainers certified;
  • Organised 5 training courses for workers (1 training course per training programme) and 50 sessions for recognition of previous non-formal education, resulting in 967 certified workers;
  • Designed incentives to boost demand for qualified workers and proposals to establish relevant financial schemes (paritarian fund and IPA operational program);
  • Organized 20 courses for trainers (4 courses for each training programme), 5 training courses for workers (1 training course per training programme) and 50 sessions for recognition of previous non-formal education.
  • Drafted manual for recognition of previous learning and clear procedures, which provided successful certification of energy efficiency skills for 967 blue collar workers.
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Lessons learned

  • Involvement of the relevant governmental institutions in the project was a great asset because of the guidance and early warning of incompatibility between project activities and national legislation related to occupations, qualifications and education standards;
  • The selection process for trainers should be implemented very carefully as some candidates are applying to all training programs only to obtain skills certificate even when they are not fully eligible. The process could have been allocated more time to try having candidates from all over the country;
  • Engagement of the construction sector in the certification process for blue collar workers requires more on-site than office work.
  • Training providers need more incentives and motivation to continue with organizing the already prepared trainings for construction workers for energy efficiency up-skilling. More public awareness is needed as well;
  • The initiative for Public procurement criteria for certified workers was difficult to accept by construction companies because of different opinions between large and small companies. The large companies required higher minimum number of certified workers which is not acceptable for smaller construction companies;
  • Engagement of companies with long-term experience on the market with building materials and energy efficiency services was a great success. Candidates for trainers have had full trust and high engement in the training.
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Economic Chamber of Macedonia
Macedonia
Contact point: 
Name: 
Mrs Jadranka Arizankovska
Tel: 
+389 72 236711

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In brief

Duration:
18/07/2014 to 17/03/2016
Contract number: 
IEE-13-BWI-682

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