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BUILD UP Skills Status Quo report from Latvia

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In the framework of the Intelligent Energy Europe BUILD UP Skills initiative, to date 30 EU countries work towards national roadmaps for qualifying their building workforce for the 2020 challenges. The first step in this is the completion of a National Status Quo analysis. This Status Quo report analyses the current situation and trends of the labour force in the building industry in Latvia.

The analysis will serve as 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. The identified measures aim at supporting the construction of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) from 2020 onwards.


 The report analyses in detail:

  • The developments (in qualitative terms) in the building sector
  • National policies and strategies to contribute to the EU 2020 energy targets in buildings (in the field of energy, as well as in the field of continuing vocational education and training)
  • Statistics on the energy efficiency and renewable energy of the building stock
  • Evolution of the existing workforce in the construction sector
  • Existing vocational education and training facilities
  • Skills gaps between the current situation and the needs for 2020 (what are new skills to be covered, qualifications and monitoring needs)
  • Barriers related to the qualification of the building workers which may hinder the country's achievements of the 2020 targets in the building sector


More details on BUILD UP Skills Latvia can be found at

Other national BUILD UP Skills Status Quo reports and results are available at 


BUILD UP Skills is a strategic initiative under the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme to boost training of craftsmen and other on-site construction workers and systems installers in the building sector. The final aim of the initiative is to increase the number of qualified workers across Europe to deliver new, nearly zero-energy buildings, while also implementing renovations with high energy performance. The initiative started in November 2011 and addresses skills in relation to energy efficiency and renewables in all types of buildings.


For more information about BUILD UP Skills visit