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2020 through new low energy buildings and energy efficiency measures in existing buildings, including RES. To reach this, new technologies, building processes, regulations and standards are necessary. This requires a major initiative to upgrade the qualifications of skilled tradeworkers, system installers, etc. including basic vocational education and continuing training. The main objectives of the project were to develop:
  • A national roadmap on quantified needs, measures and priorities, etc. for necessary vocational training to meet the 2020 targets.
  • A national platform including main stakeholders in the process. The objectives are met, among others, through:
  • Stakeholder involvement and endorsement activities. It will include authorities, employer organisations, trade unions, etc. and be conducted throughout the project with the aim of a final endorsement of the road map.
  • Mapping of the foundation: relevant existing vocational education; energy strategies; green skills and jobs strategies; demand for technical measures for energy efficiency, and demand for workforce skills and size 2011–2020.


  • Awareness among all stakeholders of the need for upgrading the skills of the on-site workers to reach the 2020 targets related to energy efficiency in new and existing buildings; Common understanding among stakeholders of the current qualification level and the needs for the future; Provision of national platform to obtain a well-coordinated, transparent process, which will facilitate knowledge sharing and cooperation among the stakeholders.
  • National qualification platform & stakeholder engagement: 24 organizations participating in the platform, from which: - 9 from the vocational training sector, - 10 from the building sector, - 4 from the energy sector. We expect that the platform will lead to new connections and closer cooperation between various stakeholders. The endorsement process has facilitated an increased focus of the education sector on energy efficiency and RES.
  • 140.000 workers involved in the building sector (data: 1th quarter 2013). Between 20.000 and 27.000 workers requiring training. Professions with the highest needs: 1) Bricklayers; 2) carpenters/joiners; 3) plumbers/heating air conditioning specialists 4) electrical installations specialists.
  • Qualification & training roadmap: • Need for increased efforts for recruitment to vocational education colleges; • Raised awareness in craftsmen enterprises of the value for skills upgrading through the adult vocational training system (AMU). • Increased focus on interdisciplinarity via initiatives such as development & introduction of new joint competence outcomes for energy topics, continuing education for specialist teachers and collaborative models between the different professions involved.
  • Endorsement process: Various stakeholders have started talking together and discussing ways to implement the roadmap. DEA will present the recommendations to the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building.

Lessons learned

  • The Build Up Skills project’s endorsement process became more difficult than expected. However the final result became positive and led to a higher degree of common understanding and to knowledge sharing among the main stakeholders in the construction and related education sector. In order to get a high level of understanding and positive commitment from the stakeholders we learned about the importance of starting up the endorsement process very early in the project.
  • There is a need to address the challenges of interdisciplinary and looking at a building as a whole. Facing the construction sector is crucial to get to the 2020 targets. The National Status Quo delivered as the main outcome of the project gives some answers on how to tackle these challenges.
  • In Denmark there is no lack of energy efficiency or RES courses for neither basic nor continuing education, but, as the National Status Quo highlights, there is a need to get more people to attend the courses that are already there.

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Danish Energy Agency
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Charlotte Vartou Forsingdal


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15/11/2011 to 14/05/2013
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