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Training the trainers: a strategy for green capacity building and examples from the construction sector

Posted on: 08.01.2019

Background rationale for the Bus.Trainers programme.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) trainers are in charge of transmitting skills to industry workers and employees. As such, they are key pivots in the implementation of new sustainable industrial practices.

The capacity-building project named Bus.Trainers focuses on VET trainers from the construction industry. For two years now, eleven partners from southern Europe (of which one EREK member) have worked on developing the competencies of VET trainers in energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy systems (RES). Though Bus.Trainers is specifically meant for capacity-building in the construction sector, much can be said for the benefits of using trainers as best-practice relays in all industries.

Project deliverables : developing tools for trainers and trainees

The project’s ambition is to improve teaching in sustainable construction by providing professional trainers with a comprehensive training system. This implies addressing a number of issues: not only collecting green training knowledge and providing teaching tools for trainers to use, but also providing solutions for trainer qualification standards and course accreditation for trainees.

A collaborative platform intended to gather insights from a broad community and support trainers in their continuous professional development has been developed in the course of the project. The platform features tools such as an innovative training course supported by new computer technologies and apps, available in five different languages, as well as other services and instruments for professional orientation (teaching repository, tutorials, etc.).

Bus.Trainers is also currently seeking approval for a new European sectorial qualification standard : “the Green VET Trainer in construction”. This standard would follow the methodology of the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (European Qualifications Framework - EQF-), oriented to learning outcomes and supported by the principles of the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training -ECVET- and the European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training - Eqavet-).

The project further intends to establish a certification of competences through the ‘Green Tag’ accreditation, acquired through the completion of Bus.Trainers courses or previous learning. A memorandum of understanding or multilateral agreement would promote mutual recognition of the accreditation in different EU member states.

Targeting multi-level levers within the construction industry

For now, Bus.Trainers involves a wide variety of actors in devising solutions for sustainable construction. It encourages VET providers to improve their training portfolio. It gives VET apprentices and workers opportunities to develop up-to-date, accredited skills in RE and RES. Companies and the wider are made more competitive. Finally, it provides evidence for the added value of cooperation between industry agents and the industry itself, in the design and implementation of efficient programmes.

At the very least, this alliance between the main construction groups in southern Europe and the providers of VET grounds their firm commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy promotion in a collaboration scheme which will likely expand as other stakeholders get involved.


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More information 

Bus.Trainers. Building up green Skills for Trainers from the Construction industry is a project belonging to the 2016 call of the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union, within the Key Action 2 of Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices.

Project identification : 57 5829-EPP-I-20 16-1-ES-EPPKA2-SSA.

Duration : 36 months, from December 2016 to November 2019.

Budget : 968.645,00 €

Coordinator : Fundación Laboral de la Construcción(Spain).

Partners : Confederación Nacional de la Construcción -CNC-(Spain), Institut de Robòtica i de Tecnologies de la Informació i de les Comunicacions -IRTIC- of the Univesitat de València -UV-(Spain), Associazione Nazionale de Costruttori Edili -Ance-(Italy), Ente per la Formazione e l’addestramento professionale nell’edilizia -Formedil-(Italy), Centro de Formação Profissional da Indústria da Construção Civil e Obras Públicas do Sul -Cenfic-(Portugal), Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia -LNEG-(Portugal), Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving -Cres-(Grece), The Small Enterprises’ Institute of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants -IME GSEVEE-(Grece), Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency -MIEMA-(Malta) and The Gozo Business Chamber -GBC-(Malta).