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Speeding up renovation of buildings through investment on skills

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Renovate Europe addresses the need to further invest on skilled workforce in the renovation sector to reach the climate neutrality and social goals. The main challenges are to being able to attract workers, upskill those already in the industry and offer specific training programmes in line with evolving digital trends.

Labour and skills shortages in the renovation sector are one of the main obstacles that need to be overcome to successfully implement the Renovation Wave in the EU, contributing to achieving climate neutrality and social goals. The unfolding events in Ukraine and skyrocketing energy prices in 2022 have brought these labour and skills shortages into sharper focus and amplified the need to seriously address workforce bottlenecks in the energy renovation market.


Addressing key challenges

Renovate Europe highlights examples of action taken to address the key skills-related challenges in the renovation sector:


  1. Attracting young people and professionals from other sectors to the construction sector
  2. Upskilling current professionals to cater for a variety of new skills requirements
  3. Designing forward-looking training programmes in line with evolving digital trends

Call for action

Renovate Europe calls for further action on skills development for renovation via the following mechanisms:


  1. Enact stronger regulatory requirements via MEPS and National Roadmaps in the EPBD
  2. Use EU funding such as MFF to support scalable buildings-related training programmes
  3. Develop strong National Plans on Skills to facilitate public-private partnerships

This briefing takes stock of the situation of skills training for renovation at national level and highlights best practice examples that could be scaled-up or replicated in other Member States to boost the workforce for renovation across the EU.


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