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Evaluation of the BUILD UP Skills initiative under the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme

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Evaluation of the BUILD UP Skills initiative under the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme

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This report presents the evaluation of the BUILD UP Skills Initiative Pillar I (elaboration of national roadmaps for blue collar construction skills) and identifies a methodology for the evaluation of the BUILD UP Skills Pillar II projects (which put the roadmaps into action). The report was commissioned by the European Commission's Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME) under the Framework Contract SRD MOVE/ENER/ SRD.1/2012-409, Lot 3, Technical Assistance in the Field of Energy.

 

The overall conclusion is that the BUILD UP Skills initiative was a very successful initiative, and its design and scope was indeed relevant to the needs of the Member States and other participating countries. Evidence shows that the BUILD UP Skills Initiative has contributed to lifting a key barrier to reaching EU Energy Efficiency objectives by focusing on the need for upskilling the workforce and targeting the improvement of construction workers' skills in relation to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The BUILD UP Skills Initiative has increased attention to the need for training of workers in the building industry in order to reach the goal of the European Energy Efficiency Directive.

 

Based on the evidence presented, the report also provides a number of recommendations and an overview of the answers to the evaluation questions.

 

The evaluation has been carried out by an Evaluation Team consisting of COWI Belgium and Viegand Maagøe Denmark, between January and December 2015. The evaluation covers 30 Pillar I projects (one in each EU 28 Member State plus the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Norway), 22 Pillar II projects (in 21 Member States, Italy having 2 Pillar II projects) and the EU exchange meetings. Only two of the Pillar II projects were finalised at the time of the evaluation.

 

The results of the evaluation will be used by EASME and DG Energy to report on the effectiveness and sustainability of the initiative, as well as to provide a basis for elaborating the future of the BUILD UP Skills Initiative under the Horizon 2020 programme.

 

 

To download the report (executive summary and full version), please visit the relevant European Commission links below.

 

A previous report on BUILD UP Skills Pillar I results can be found here.