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BUILD UP Skills Greece (BUILD UP SKILLS GR)

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As energy efficiency (EE) in buildings is crucial for the achievement of the 2020 energy and climate change targets both in the EU and national levels, the EPBD (Recast by Directive 2010/31/EC) has set obligations to Member States to apply minimum requirements regarding the energy performance of new and existing buildings. This poses a major challenge to the construction sector that needs to be ready to deliver high energy performing renovations as well as new "nearly zero energy buildings". Also, the RES Directive acknowledges the importance of training and certification of certain categories of blue collar workers in buildings, namely the installers of small scale RES systems.Since well qualified construction workers is a key factor for achieving these objectives, the BUS-GR Project aims to facilitate the building sector workforce training and qualification in Greece by:
  • Forming a national platform on EE and RES training programs and qualification schemes for the building construction sector workers;
  • Identifying and quantifying the need for qualified workforce in Greece in order to describe the current status quo;
  • Developing a national training and qualification strategy (National Qualification Roadmap) up to 2020 for the achievement of national sustainable energy goals;
  • Ensuring the roadmap’s adoption by all relevant stakeholders via the appropriate endorsement activities.

Results

  • BUS-GR gave an opportunity to identify new areas of employment, to explore the key priorities and interests of workers, and to express their opinion on how they see the organization of the training and certification and the added value that it will have in enhancing their employability.
  • Total number of organisations participating in the national qualification platform: 38 + 9 (partners) - from the vocational training sector: 9 + 5 (partners) - from the building sector: 23 + 1 (partners) - from the energy sector: 5 + 3 (partners) + 1 from the banking sector (a bank that cannot be included in one of the above categories)
  • By 2020 the construction sector will require an additional 45,000 to 115,000 workers. A 53% of the current workforce is involved in EE buildings and renewables. (109,000 workers). As a minimum an equivalent number of workers would need up skilling by 2020 with the highest needs for: 1) electricians and plumbers 2) Glaziers and frames installers 3) Insulation technicians 4) heating systems installers and 5) building frame and workers in related trades.
  • The 3 top priority measures included in the national roadmap are: Μ.8: Configuration of appropriate CVET programs, available to the construction sector labour force. Μ.11: Upgrading of the institutional framework over the cycle: Training – Certification – Regulation of professions & of the professional qualifications. Μ.9: Introduction of quality assurance mechanisms with regard to training processes and qualifications certification.
  • 44 entities (competent Ministries, national authorities, social partners, federations of buildings workers/craftsmen, key actors of building, RES and energy efficiency industries, training providers, accreditation bodies) signed a Letter of Endorsement assuring their support and commitment to the National Roadmap’s proposed measures and action plan.
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Lessons learned

  • The various federations/associations of workers in the field of constructions in Greece saluted the "BUILD UP Skills – Greece" action with great enthusiasm, and their participation in the NQP’s Consultation meetings was massive. Most of them consider as being of high importance the fact that they were asked to participate from the beginning in the procedure of developing a Qualification Roadmap for 2020 and to express their views in the consultation.
  • During the Consultation meetings of the NQP, it was made clear that the workers in the construction sector (at least their federations) are convinced that the specialized training and certification of qualifications is now a days a must, if they want to be competitive in the market and in order to face the current challenges (including those of energy efficiency and the penetration of RES). This was also the case with the associations of providers of RES-EE building products and/or services.
  • The embracement and support that the BUILD UP Skills - Greece action received from a large number of stakeholders and craftsmen and/or equipment providers’ associations/federations from the beginning of its origination contributed significantly to the attraction and active participation in its activities of more / other associations of blue collar workers, which didn’t want to be "left out" from the whole procedure (consultation, decision making) in the end.
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Contact

Centre for Renewable Energy Sources
Greece
Contact point: 
Name: 
Dimitrios Mendrinos
Tel: 
0030 2106603205
Name: 
tba
Name: 
Dr. Charalampos Malamatenios
E-mail: 
Tel: 
+30-210 6603340
Name: 
Myrsini Christou
Tel: 
0030 210 6603300
Name: 
Elpida Polychroni
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0030 210 66 03 260 (direct),0030 210 66
Name: 
Vassiliki Papadopoulou
Tel: 
+30/210/660 33 10
Name: 
Vassiliki Papadopoulou
Tel: 
0030 210 6603310
Name: 
GEORGIOS Giannakidis
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0030 2106603324
Name: 
Vassiliki Drosou
Tel: 
0030 210 6603381
Name: 
Emmanuel Zoulias
Tel: 
0030-210 6603327

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In brief

Duration:
08/06/2012 to 07/12/2013
Contract number: 
IEE/12/BWI/430