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Ireland - Pillar I

The Residential and Commercial/Public Sector accounted for approximately 43% of energy consumption in Ireland in 2009 (SEAI, 2010). Data from the Quarterly National Household Surveys (CSO, 2011) indicates that the number of people directly employed in the construction industry peaked at 269,900 in 2007 but has now declined to 109,900 in 2010. It has been estimated that 1,000,000 Irish houses will require retrofitting by 2020. This combined with a target to achieve a low carbon standard for new buildings by 2015 and minimum renewable energy supply requirements for buildings will mean those working in or entering the construction sector need new specific energy skills. The Build Up Skills for Ireland (BUSI) Consortium has brought together key players with Project Management, Education and Training, Consultation and Networking skills. The BUSI partners will be supported by a Steering Committee which includes Strategic Stakeholders e.g. Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources and others. The Roadmap will be developed following a robust consultation process with the relevant stakeholders.

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QualiBuild - Pillar II

The target group of BUILD UP Skills QualiBuild is Craft Workers and Operatives in the Building Construction Sector. A core principle of the Irish Build Up Skills Roadmap is one of Quality Building. By focusing on quality buildings, of which low-energy buildings is a priority theme, this creates greater opportunities for the construction supply chain to take ownership of the issue. BUILD UP skills QualiBuild will address one of the main issues identified within the Irish Build Up Skills (BUSI) Roadmap i.e. all construction workers lack the core knowledge in relation to low energy buildings. This will be done by a) Developing a Foundation Energy Skills Programme for the target group b) Implementing a Train the Trainers programme to increase the knowledge and competency of trainers involved in construction training.

Objectives

•Development of a Foundation Energy Skills programme targeted at all construction workers and operatives with content available in hardcopy and on-line.
•A Train the Trainers programme to increase the knowledge and competency of trainers involved in construction training in Ireland with content available in hardcopy and on-line.
•A proposal for a Continuous Progressional Development (CPD) scheme for trainers in the construction sector.
•A Quality Building Training Registration System to provide a transparent means of demonstrating the level of competency and knowledge workers or operatives have in relation to low energy buildings.
•200 construction workers complete the training, 100 trainers are trained, mobilisation of EUR 1 million of additional funding for additional training and support activities.

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Level of Progress: 
Ongoing
Overall Budget: 
€1,162,627
EU contribution: 
€75
Trade / Profession: 
  • foremen

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