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To cover the training needs derived from the launch of the different strategies for the energy performance of buildings, Spain has a specific legislation and several instruments, such as the Training System for Employment, which regulates vocational training for the employed and unemployed, the National System of Professional Qualifications, which is developing the National Catalogue of Qualifications. This BUILD UP Skills project will help to establish a roadmap that will set out clear plan of action to ensure these systems respond to the training needs that arising in the field of energy performance of buildings. In this way it will be possible to optimally satisfy the "2020 objectives", converging with all the other European countries towards this common goal.


  • Analysis of the state of play: Field and analytical study to determine the current status of the building sector in Spain, with respect to training and energy efficiency analysing, among other aspects, the extent to which the national continuous training system can respond to the training needs, in terms of determining the existing courses in this field that do not form part of the national continuous training system.
  • A BUILD UP Skills Spain community: A space for work, discussion, reflection and dissemination, which will permit establishing a coherent, feasible and endorsed roadmap via the involvement of all the relevant players in the field of training and energy efficiency.
  • A National qualification roadmap for the building and construction sector
  • Endorsement by relevant public and private institutions; Establishment of direct and effective communication channels with these institutions; Institutional validation of the items designed and commitment to adopt the roadmap.

Lessons learned

  • The proportion of employees in the building sector fell gradually between 2008, in which it represented 12.5%, to the 7.8% it held in 2011, a total loss of over 1,100,000 workers.
  • Within the sector, there is clear polarisation of workers: on one hand, there are highly-qualified workers, and on the other, an unqualified mass of salaried workers. Demand for the first type is either non-existent or inadequate. The second type know their needs and where to find more adequate training.85% of workers consider that the relationship between an employee's job post and the training they have received is suitable.
  • Of all of the employees in the sector, the percentage of workers which experts consider could be linked to energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy varies - in the best of cases - between 25 and 35%, though this proportion may increase in the future if there is sufficient funding and monitoring to ensure compliance with regulations.

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Mr Javier González López
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01/11/2011 to 30/04/2013
Contract number: 
IEE/11/BWI/471 - SI2.604353

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