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The BUILD UP Skills Malta is Malta’s strategic effort to reach national agreement on priority measures for the provision of upgraded training and certification for the building workforce. Efficient energy use is one of Malta’s main current concerns, especially in light of the 2020 energy targets. A changing scenario represents a significant change in the knowledge required by site workers. There is a need to be familiar with new materials and new systems/installations and to have sufficient knowledge to help clients make the right purchasing decisions. More needs to be done ot provide certified training schemes in the construction industry. We need to move from the current situation where workers normally learning the skills on the job. The project aims to address these challenges through the development of a national qualifications platform leading to a roadmap to upgrade relevant skills for the building industry in Malta. The overall objective of the national roadmap is to embed training on intelligent energy solutions for buildings in the mainstream curricula and practice of building professionals.


  • The setting-up of a national qualifications platform for the various professions (of mainly on-site workers) in the Malta building industry to bring all relevant stakeholders together. The platform is meant to go beyond the lifespan of the project.
  • Analysis of the national status quo to identify educational and training needs in the building sector by 2020.
  • The development and endorsement of a national qualifications roadmap for achievement of the 2020 energy targets as regards continuing education and training of the workforce in the building sector
  • Active participation and knowledge transfer in European exchange activities.

Lessons learned

  • Vocational training cannot be discussed in isolation. It is linked with issues relating to accreditation and recognition for the training. Recognition provides a good motivation for workers to attend training and for companies to send their workers to training. Enforcement of legislation is also linked to training in that, where there is a legal requirement for skill card (or license or registration), effective enforcement will be a strong motivation for workers to improve their skills.
  • Developing training programmes is a complex process which requires careful study. Proper identification of skill gaps is needed to ensure that the training offered truly addresses requirements in relation to energy efficiency and RES.
  • Discussions on training for energy efficiency has to be seen within the overall context of the overall skill competence of existing workforce. lack of competence on the core skills of a particular occupational profile makes it more difficult to address lack of skill competence on energy efficiency.

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Building Industry Consultative Council
Contact point: 
Hon. Charles Buhagiar A&CE, MP
+356 2124 0414


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In brief

05/06/2012 to 05/12/2013
Contract number: 
IEE/12/BWI 455 SI2.623224

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