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The main objective of Skills4SB.Si was to define the national framework for upgrading the existing skills and for development of new qualification schemes for new, appropriately skilled workers to achieve the 2020 targets for the building sector. The project achieved its main objectives: • Establishment of a national qualification platform for ensuring a convincing and inclusive consultation process of relevant stakeholders in the building construction, energy and education/training sectors. • Analysis of the status quo to quantify the need for qualified workers in the building sector in Slovenia by 2020, and enable identification of gaps and barriers between the current situation and the needs for 2020. • Publication of a roadmap that presents the way forward to overcome barriers and identified skills gaps in various targeted building construction professions. • Endorsement of the roadmap by relevant public and private authorities, institutions and stakeholders in the construction sector and education/training field. • Intensive dissemination, including final national conference to support the endorsed roadmap and further implementation of actions.


  • Analysis of the national status quo describing in detail the current situation and acting acting as the common basis for informed discussions with the stakeholders about current gaps, future needs and necessary priorities.
  • National qualification platform of over 600 stakeholders, initiated with support of 38 institutions (public authorities, social partners, building industry and professional chambers, product/equipment industry, architects, sustainable buildings experts and accreditation and certification bodies.
  • Qualification and training roadmap with the following top priority measures identified: • Sustainability of NQP - Further development of national qualification platform, organisation and launch of non-profit, inclusive platform of all stakeholders for preparation and implementation of formal and non-formal vocational education and training by 2020. Qualification and training roadmap with the following top priority measures identified: Qualification and training roadmap with the following top
  • Endorsement of the Roadmap - The roadmap endorsement was planned and implemented as a multi stage process with the aim to assure endorsements by relevant public and private authorities, institutions and stakeholders in construction sector and education/training field – including their commitment to carry out and implement proposed strategy and action plan. Out of 600 members of NQP over 200 actively contributed to the development and endorsement of the Roadmap.

Lessons learned

  • Do not disregard the importance of non-formal training. Although the EE and RES topics are coming in the school curricula with a delay, lifelong learning process is covered with a series of non-formal training, unfortunately so far without a formal recognition and without reflection in the national qualification framework. Therefore the non-formal training lacks of systematic approach, overall quality, and transparency of training topics.
  • Several national key stakeholders active in their specific domain are not willing to share their experiences and knowledge in organization of vocational training as they see other actors as potential competitors. Talk – inform - listen – ask - be proactive in cross-linking the Build up skills stakeholders, this approach is necessary to mitigate the doubts and fears of some core actors.
  • The building industry and suppliers as well as craftsmen, installers and on-site workers are extremely interested for development of accreditation and certification of non-formal VET. Sustainability of the NQP is therefore realistic.

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Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK
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Ms Marjana Šijanec Zavrl
+386 1 2808 342


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In brief

08/11/2011 to 07/05/2013
Contract number: 
IEE/11/BWI/519 - SI2.604361

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