The project EFFIVET aims at implementing a structure for further training in companies in the field of energy efficiency, which is a requirement of the new EU Energy Efficiency Directive. For this purpose a competence profile and a curriculum for energy efficiency consulting will be developed as a part of the project. It is crucial to develop a qualification that can be easily integrated into professional practise. Therefore, experts and workers will be permanently involved in developing and validating the curriculum.
This project led by ANESE, has the support of 7 partners from 6 different countries: Romania, Cyprus, Croatia, Malta, Germany and Spain, among which the Energy Cluster of Extremadura is coordinator. Together, they plan to standardize the profession of the Energy Manager.
The main objectives of EFFIVET (Transfering European VET Structures to cover skill needs in Energy Efficiency Sector) are:
• To develop a VET structure for the energy efficiency sector, which allows to establish a qualification system for the future, in accordance with the needs of the market.
• To transfer methods, developed in previous Leonardo Projects, for the identification of needed skills, participation of employers and use of common European tools (e. g. definition of knowledge, skills, competences and description of learning outcomes) to promote transparency and recognition of competences.
• To support the implementation of the “New Skills for New Jobs” strategy by improving the competences and skills of the Energy Efficiency sector as part of the new “green job” market.
• To boost the development of the European Energy Efficiency sector by the skills and competences in the field of energy efficiency.
• To foster the relationship between training and working life to vocational training institutions more responsive to market needs (job creation)
Also, the proposal aims: Encouragement of cooperation between VET and the world of work based on the encouragement of the cooperation between training companies and the labour market.
To sum up, in Europe, there is not a specific qualification for energy efficiency workers.Common VET-qualifications for workers on a national level are not enough in order to meet the needs of the sector. The project aims to close this gap, intents to deliver an European formation standard, improves the quality of the VET-system by incorporating the common European tools and promotes the transparency and recognition of competences in other countries.
The main impact will be the improvement and adaptation of the qualification of workers in national level by the development of a specific profile with the lacks or training needs and customized tools and pedagogical material.
That will be the base to develop a training program to provide the energy sector with experts in EE and Energy Management.