BUILD UP Skills is a strategic initiative under the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme to boost continuing or further education and training of craftsmen and other on-site construction workers and systems installers in the building sector.
The goal of the initiative is to increase the number of qualified construction workers on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, so the sector will be ready to deliver high quality renovations and the new (nearly zero energy) buildings.
The initiative addresses skills in relation to energy efficiency and renewables in all types of buildings. The first objective (Pillar I) is to set up national qualification platforms and roadmaps to successfully train the building workforce in order to meet the targets for 2020 and beyond.
To date 30 EU countries are working with this objective.
The national status quo reports include an assessment of the supply and demand in the building sector by 2020 and beyond, identifying key barriers and specific skill shortages by craft occupations. This analysis will be the basis for broad discussions with public and private stakeholders about current gaps, future needs and priorities. The discussions will lead to the elaboration and endorsement of a national roadmap of priority measures to up-skill the qualification of craftsmen, other on-site workers and system installers of buildings. This interaction between the BUILD UP Skills projects and stakeholders from the industry is a key aspect of the initiative.
In parallel, regular exchange activities are organised at EU level to underline the European dimension and to foster the exchange and transfer of the rich technical expertise and experience within the national BUILD UP Skills teams. Representatives of the national teams meet at regular EU exchange meetings to elaborate on the challenges they face as well as on findings, best practices, common ways forward, etc.
Activities within the BUILD UP Skills Initiative, as well as events related to the Initiative, including the national meetings with stakeholders and EU exchange meetings, are all presented in the Calendar.
The section on Resources gathers together relevant existing policies and initiatives at the EU level, relevant publications and studies available, statistics of the sector, information on key Intelligent Energy Europe projects, as well as national good practices.