Residential and industrial electricity training to supply new specialist workers

The Advanced Technology Centre’s residential and industrial electricity (CTA-IAM) project aims to provide training for workers and job-seekers in an area which is suffering from a shortage of manpower in terms of both quality and quantity. This has the potential to make a concrete contribution to social inclusion, jobs, education and training in the Brussels region.

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Cold chamber installation at the Advanced Technology Centre for residential and industrial electricity.© Cold chamber installation at the Advanced Technology Centre for residential and industrial electricity.©

" The creation of an Advanced Technology Centre for residential and industrial electricity is an important step in making up for the lack of manpower in this sector. Attendance levels during 2013, our first year of operations, were very satisfactory. "

Michel Boumal, Advanced Technology Centre Educational Inspector

The project has set up a new training facility within Brussels “Institut des Arts et Métiers” (Institute of Arts and Crafts) and acquired and fitted the facility with hi-tech equipment. This allows the Centre to offer training that is in line with the needs of the sector, and which takes account the complexity of new technological developments.

As a result, training is now provided in three specific areas for which highly specialised skills are needed. These are refrigeration techniques, home and building automation systems, and electro-hydraulics and electro-pneumatics. Training on online management of electronic systems is also available, with numerous computers and IT applications set aside for this purpose.

Training on a wide range of system types

As regards refrigeration techniques, the installations allow students to learn about surveillance, maintenance and repair of air conditioning, refrigeration systems, cold chambers and heat pumps. For home and building automation systems, participants can study the conception, development and testing of all types of automation and electronic command management systems used in buildings. The electro-hydraulics and electro-pneumatics section enables students to design and simulate different types of systems used in industry, as well as to assemble them on work benches and test on a miniature work site.

The Centre became fully operational from the second half of 2013. So far, it has provided 792 hours of training for 336 people. Furthermore, it is estimated to have the potential to train some 1 840 people a year, of which 25 % should be either workers or job-seekers.

The current premises are temporary. In due course the Centre is to move into a new purpose-built facility at the same site, of which it is to occupy the first floor.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Centre de Technologies Avancées – Électricité résidentielle et industrielle” is EUR 953 000, of which the European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 476 500 from the Operational Programme “Brussels Capital Region”, for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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