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"Qualification and Training Schemes for craftsmen and on-site-workers in the German Building Sector" (BUILD UP SKILLS QUALITRAIN)

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BUILD UP Skills QUALITRAIN aimed at the conception and implementation of large-scale qualification and training schemes as well as accompanying measures which ensure a sustainable system of lifelong qualification of blue-collar-workers in the building sector. With reference to the priorities within the National Roadmap of Germany, the project focussed on the measures with the greatest impact. The National Roadmap was developed in Pillar I by the same consortium members (now complemented by the ZWH as an expert for the development of learning materials) which are key actors and experts within the field of VET in the building sector, technology, and in the field of energy efficiency. The measures are designed to ensure for the future:
  • that required skills for the building sector are recognised early,
  • that systemic thinking and interfaces between trades in the refurbishment process are considered in an large-scale CVET training and qualification scheme,
  • that trainers develop expertise and sensitivity for systemic thinking and the interfaces between the different trades,
  • that small and medium-sized enterprises support lifelong learning and enable their employees to attend existing CVET programmes,
  • that institutions (as chambers) are able to consult employees and employers with regards to CVET programmes in the field of intelligent energy,
  • that transparency is created concerning the variety of possible CVET programmes and their learning outcomes in accordance with the EQF.


  • Development of a system for early recognition of future qualification needs and skills needs.
  • Implementing systemic thinking and cross-trade-insights within a new CVET programme; executing and testing a pilot course which addresses the interfaces and cooperation between trades and establishing the CVET programme as a brand.
  • Development of a transferable "Train-the-Trainer"-seminar, including materials and a complementary e-learning-module (
  • Development of supporting structures and materials for small and medium sized enterprises for sustainable and lifelong qualification concepts in the enterprises of the building-/crafts sector.
  • Development of consulting aids within the chamber of skilled crafts organisations for sustainable and lifelong qualification concepts. Implementation of a national CVET database/platform for the building sector tailored to the needs of the target group.

Lessons learned

1. Within the project, we have initiated an intensive debate in the building/ crafts` sector regarding the optimisation of the cooperation between the relevant trades in energy construction processes in low energy buildings. Furthermore, it is aimed at reinforcing educational topics in the political debates on energy transition. We have strengthened terms like "house as a system" and "interfaces between trades/cross-craft-understanding". 2. To get the relevant partners involved and submerge into the practice, we developed a) a seminar for trainers and b) for skilled crafts workers ("blue-collar-workers") on the topics mentioned in "lesson 1".3. Ensuring a sustainable system for life-long qualification of blue-collar-workers in the building sector is not only relevant for quality aspects but also for supporting construction companies of the crafts` sector in recruiting and retaining skilled employees.It had been difficult to include SME directly in the the development process. So we focussed on interviews with consultants (crafts sector), providers of CVETs and also SMEs. Due to the permanent pressure of money and time, particularly small company owners are busy organising the present, but are rarely concerned with future issues. So it is about convincing SME of the necessity to develop at least a medium-term perspective on the company’s development.

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Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks e.V.
10117 BerlinBerlin
Contact point: 
Ursel Weißleder
+ 49 30 20619 312


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01/11/2013 to 30/09/2016
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