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BULD UP Skills FORCE presentation



The consortium consists of 7 participants: Latvian Association of Civil Engineers representing more than 700 construction industry professionals; State Service of Education Quality responsible for licensing and accreditation of training programmes; 4 regional planning and administration institutions; and the Latvian Environmental Investment Fund dealing with sustainable development issues. The action aims at creating preconditions for overcoming barriers and identifying skills gaps in the various professions, in order to meet the 2020 targets in the building sector related to increased energy efficiency of buildings. The long - term objective of the action is promoting the increase of the capacity of the building industry workforce for the delivery of high-energy efficiency renovations. In the short-term the action will promote the increase of the number of qualified workers in the building industry in Latvia. Within the framework of the action two continuing education programmes and training materials will be elaborated for the building industry workforce: one for energy efficient engineering systems and one for energy efficient envelopes. The programmes will be licenced in six training institutions. A training of trainers will be carried out thus creating preconditions for the availability of skilled building workers for building energy efficient buildings in Latvia. The action will involve major relevant actors, such as the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, the Ministry of Welfare, the Latvian Builders Association, the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, six vocational education competence centres representing all regions of Latvia, and others.

Major deliverables and outputs:

  • The 15 experts' group for elaboration of the training programmes established.
  • 2 continuing education programmes and training materials elaborated for provision of training for building industry workforce: 1 for energy efficient engineering systems (2 modules; 160 hours total) and 1 for energy efficient building envelope (3 modules; 240 hours total).
  • Licences issued for two continuing education programmes to at least 6 training institutions.
  • 35 trainers selected and trained to become providers of elaborated training programmes.
  • The continuing education programmes tested, 50 workers trained.

 Expected results:

  • Preconditions for availability of skilled building workers for building energy efficient buildings in Latvia created, namely, programmes elaborated, tested, licensed and sustained by vocational education competence centres, trainers for continuing education programmes trained based on best practice in EU;
  • Profile of continuing education for preparing energy efficient building workers raised in Latvia, key stakeholders related to planning, funding, quality control and implementation of the programmes involved, informed and co-operate;
  • Market demand from the building sector for skilled workers in energy efficient buildings and appropriate training programmes raised.

Contact details:

Agris Kamenders,
Project Coordinator
Riga Planning Region
phone:  +37129145442 
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