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Renewable Energy Sources Compass (RES COMPASS)

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It aims at contributing in facing current and future shortage of skilled personnel in renewable energy-related occupations, which is a major obstacle to the success of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) development. The main objective of the project is the establishment of favourable conditions for the development of energy education in upper secondary, higher education and training by facilitating the access of high school and higher education students to knowledge and skills required to work in the RES sector. This will be achieved by a) the development of job profiles per RES occupation and info on current education and training offered in all EU member states. The job profiles will be based on the RES occupations that were identified by the Leonardo EarthCARE project for the sectors of wind energy, solar thermal, PV energy, bio energy, hydropower, geothermal and high performance buildings and b) the development of an online web based tool that will incorporate job profiles developed by the partnership and will allow students to be guided through the RES occupations that best suit them. It will also give them the opportunity to find the RES related training offered in 27 EU-MS.

Results

  • A training assessment report with the current RES market and training status for the RES sector in the 27 EU Member States. The report highlights gaps and potentials for improvement in the RES-related education and was based on interviews of more than 200 interested parties (50 career advisors, 43 companies, 56 training centres and 100 students).
  • 45 job profiles related to the most current RES occupations, ranging from technical jobs to R&D and managerial, with information on needed skills and training, job duties and employment prospects. The job profiles cover the entire spectrum of renewable energies such as wind energy, solar thermal, PV energy, bio energy, hydropower, geothermal and high performance buildings.
  • A training database with more than 750 training programs related to renewable energies, offered throughout the 27 member states of European Union. The training database provides users with a list of 7 search criteria that can be used individually or in combination and allows the cross comparison of training programs.
  • An online career guidance tool for persons interested to be employed in RES sector, which suggests to its users the group of occupations that better suit their interests, informs them about the job profiles of each group and guides them to the training programs that relate to the jobs of their preference. The tool has been evaluated through 12 pilots in 6 EU countries by more than 1600 students (high school/university) and 200 employment professionals, career advisors, teachers and professors.
  • Dissemination at national and international level of the project results to more than 50000 interested parties through 4 national conferences, participation in 40 exhibitions/ events, publication of 18 articles, 5 newsletters and promotion through social networking media. The project website alone attracted more than 43000 unique visitors by providing them access to the RES Compass tool, information about renewable energies, studies, games, useful tools for career advisors, events etc.
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Lessons learned

  • Management and co-ordination has to be intense, because various activities go on at the same time by different partners. Open communication and good climate in the partnership are essential in this respect. The better the proposal and the negotiation phase is, the easiest is the work to be done. However, there are always divergences in the time schedule.
  • Dissemination can by no means be considered as a stand alone activity. For example, in the research phase, we have contacted a great number of persons and organisations within the target group, who were then waiting for the result. At the same time is crucial to start the dissemination activities as soon as possible and keep a (as possible) daily communication with stakeholders.
  • It is important to identify early in the project the key players and build a collaboration with them. RES Compass key players were students and career advisors and we started a communication with them that begun from the Needs Analysis phase and lasted till the implementation of the pilots. There was also an approach to other EU and national funded projects on the same or related field, which allowed an exchange of experiences that contributed to the successful implementation of our project.
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Partners and coordinator

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Contact

IDEC S.A.
Greece
Contact point: 
Name: 
Mrs. Sofia Spiliotopoulou
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0030-210-4286227

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In brief

Duration:
01/10/2008 to 31/12/2010
Contract number: 
IEE/07/574/SI2.499064