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Upgrading training schemes for building workers and building up demand for skilled workers to boost sustainable construction in Hungary (BUILD UP Skills TRAINBUD)

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The aim of the project was to create a voluntary qualification system (quality labelling) based on the participatory strategy and actions of the Sustainable Construction Skill Alliance which was formed within the project from representatives of professional organizations, manufacturer companies and training institutions. This creates positive reinforcement for HVAC skilled workers to invest trainings to gain practical skills related to sustainable construction and provides homeowners with reliable information on the skills and qualities of construction workers.This required double action:• Reinforcing the up-to-date knowledge and appropriate skill base of construction workforce (especially HVAC skilled    workers) in building energetics, energy efficient measures and use of renewable energy by developing a sustainable training programme. • raising the awareness of property and home owners in energy efficiency measures and emphasising the importance of proper examination, assessment and installation of such measures raise the demand for such qualified, skilled workers. While having a clear interest in coordinating the actions in European level this project was strictly based in Hungary, because of the strong links between demand management for skilled labour as the major incentive for undertaking the proposed trainings. 


  • Better skilled workforce in sustainable construction: more than 400 within project duration received additional training in energy efficiency beside their qualifications and received training on the use of different renewable energy installations.
  • The consortium provided easy to reach, practical trainings for HVAC workers:60 hours training for skilled workers who already acquired a HVAC qualification accepted in National Qualification Registry;7 types of 20 hours further, additional training in energy efficiency and in the use of renewable energy in the building sector.
  • The idea of cost optimum investment became more understandable and more easily estimated for home owners and property managers. We provided fundamental information to home owners and condominium managers in energy efficient improvements and in the use of renewable energy.
  • The Sustainable Construction Skills Alliance (SCSA), including professional organizations, trading companies and training institutions built up long term sustainability and flexibility for the developed training schemes. Training institutions with the contribution of the members of the Alliance will continue the trainings.
  • The voluntary qualification system was created and skilled workers who participated in the training appear in a database on the TRAINBUD website where home-owners can select and contact them.

Lessons learned

  • For the development of the training materials more time should have been allocated, because despite of being busy the SCSA members were very enthusiastic in contributing to the training material. They reviewed the modules several times and even after the deadline set by the Consortium they sent more materials.
  • Dissemination activities are essential regarding the implementation of the project. The Consortium gave presentations at every professional event about the project therefore we were able to gain more support and gather more expert members for the SCSA.
  • Attracting blue collar workers for voluntary training is a challenge. They have limited free time and low motivation, but it was a good experience that not only installers were interested in the training, but other actors of the building industry as well (planners, architects, technical controllers.)

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EMI-Non profit company for Quality Control and Innovation in Building
Contact point: 
Dr. Károly Matolcsy
+36 30 966 0951


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01/09/2014 to 31/08/2017
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