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Setting up national qualification and training scheme for craftsmen in the Czech Republic and developing the further offer of training courses in Slovakia, Austria and Bulgaria

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CraftEdu (Setting up national qualification and training scheme for craftsmen in the Czech Republic and developing the further offer of training courses in Slovakia, Austria and Bulgaria)

Reporting period: 2018-06-01 to 2019-11-30

The Project commences implementation of the Roadmap established and endorsed under Pillar I Build Up Skills project in the Czech Republic. The Project will set up in the Czech Republic the national qualification and training scheme for craftsmen and on-site workers in the field of energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in buildings, which has been already set up in more than 20 EU MS. It also develops the training offer delivered via Slovak national scheme STAVEDU (set up by the project of the same name). This will strengthen the qualification of craftsmen, construction workers, system installers and other professions identified as priority target group in the Roadmaps. The project will facilitate further investments in the skills anticipated in the EU Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe.

The project addresses the following main needs and barriers highlighted by the SQA in the targeted countries
• Low quality of construction works on-site directly influencing energy efficiency in buildings. The project aims to craftsmen as a neglected target group;
• Structural changes in construction industry related to Industry 4.0 and technological changes related to the energy efficiency (nZEBs) and development of renewables;
• Decreasing number pupils at the construction professional schools (colleges) and low interest of youth to come to the construction industry.
Capitalising on the language proximity, the project facilitates transfer of know-how and experience from the STAVEDU and Train-to-nZEB (H2020 GA no. 649810), as well as Fit-to-nZEB (H2020, GA no. 754059) projects between Slovakia and the Czech Republic, avoiding parallel efforts, cumulative financing and capitalizing on their results to the benefit of construction sector, on-site workers and craftsmen.
Particularly the project leads to development of 7 training programmes for further education and training in the Czech Republic of craftsmen and on-site workers in the field energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources of buildings, specifically for3:
• HVAC installer;
• Carpenter;
• Low-voltage electrician;
• High-voltage electrician;
• Hydro-insulator;
• Stove and chimney builder;
• Inspecting technician.
At the beginning of the project, the necessary administrative activities were made and Kick-off meeting was held, where the project basic info and deadlines and contents of the partial tasks were introduced to the project partners.
Within WP2, the partners set up the teams for developing Units of Learning Outcomes (ULOs), qualification and assessment standards and training programmes for the targeted professions. According to the project schedule, the ULOs and curricula for the training programmes were developed, validated and transposed in the countries covered by the project. To achieve this, the partners organised 4 workshops.
Following the finalisation of ULOs, the partners commenced preparation of curricula. UVS, SIEA and SEVEn drafted proposals that were reviewed by the partners. The results of the curricula review workshop were incorporated into deliverable D2.5 upon its finalization.
Since October 2019, the partners have been developing content of the training programmes. All parts including professions specific topics will be introduced in March 2020 as a draft, to be also used for the training of trainers (WP3).
Following the finalisation of ULOs, the partners prepared the drafts of the qualification and assessment standards. Standards for some professions were already presented to the Sector Skills Council for the construction sector in Slovakia.
ČVUT and SEVEn carried out extensive survey on platforms and functionalities available for e-learning. Based on the survey, two suitable options are available for the e-learning program, the best one will be selected after completion of the training programmes.
Within WP3, the partners reached out to the experts with pedagogical experience that would be able delivering the training programmes developed by the project. The partners are also currently working on the content of the training programmes for trainers.
Main goal of WP5 is to create database of trainers and certified trainees. Process of selecting the external service provider was already started by SEVEn, which invited 5 companies to the tender and received 2 offers, which are now being evaluated with respect to price, conditions and other specifications.
As part of WP6, the partners started consultations with the stakeholders on the issues to be covered in the stakeholders’ dialogue.
The overall project communication strategy and plan, which is part of WP8, was developed by EnEffect and coordinated to the project team.
Since the beginning of the project 18 main project events took place and CraftEdu project was presented on more than 80 other significant events of which 47 were participation on a conferences, 28 on workshops and 13 on other events.
Various other supporting measures, tasks and actions were conducted, the details can be found in technical report (part B).
In the near future it is expected developing content of the training programmes. The first draft with the common part is expected in mid-February 2020 to be used by all partners. All parts including professions specific topics will be introduced in March 2020.
Based on the content of the training the qualification and assessment standards will be completed and forwarded to the national sector skills councils and the suitable option for e-learning programme will be chosen and developed, so it can be used within the trainings.
Following the finalisation of the content two main activities will begin. The training of trainers will be organised from March to April 2020, in line with the schedule for developing training materials. The both pedagogical and technical training will be provided to the invited experienced trainers. Results of the training courses for trainers will be evaluated on project conferences starting in June 2020. The database of trainers (extended from the ingREeS database), on-site trainers and evaluators will be presented to the employers and relevant stakeholders.
For further developing of the courses for craftsmen, companies for developing regional network for delivering the training of craftsmen and on-site workers will be identified. The new qualification and training scheme for craftsmen and on-site workers in the field of buildings on energy efficiency and use of renewables in buildings will be officially launched. First round of courses will be delivered within the second half of 2020.
Of course, work will also continue on the other partial and supportive objectives (supporting measures, dissemination, communication, verification) of the project. Their task is to contribute to successfully broaden and strengthen the technical aspect, utilization, effectiveness and outreach of the CrafEdu project.
It is expected that developed materials and organised training courses will improve qualification of craftsmen and on-site workers in the field of energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in buildings, which will have positive effect on improving of buildings energy efficiency, reducing energy consumption and improving buildings impact on the environment. Another effect will be to further increase awareness of the specifics of nZEB and the potential sustainable and environmentally friendly construction.
Kick-off meeting
Buildings of the Year 2018
Models