The Directorate-General for Energy and the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation are organising an Information Session on BUILD UP Skills, the European Sustainable Building Workforce Initiative. The session will take place in Brussels on Wednesday 16 March 2011.
The large contribution expected from the building sector to the 2020 objectives is a major challenge to the construction sector and to industry as a whole, which needs to be ready to deliver renovations offering a high energy performance as well as new (nearly zero-energy) buildings. This calls for a major effort to increase the number of qualified workers on the market along with measures that facilitate decision-making for building-owners. With BUILD UP Skills, the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme is offering funding opportunities to unite forces and increase the number of qualified workers in Europe's building workforce, focusing on the continuing education of craftsmen and on-site workers.
This information session will gather European stakeholders from the construction, energy, education and training sectors as well as national contact points from the Intelligent Energy Europe programme. It aims to offer an overview of the EU policy background as well as detailed information on BUILD UP Skills priorities for funding in 2011, namely "national qualification platforms and roadmaps to 2020". This will include a review of the key objectives of the Initiative, the selection procedure as well as advice to prepare successful proposals.