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Luxembourg - Pillar I

Fact Sheet LuxBuild2020


To train the blue collar workers in order to improve their skills.

To strengthen the national economies by strengthening the SMB of the building sector

To motivate building clients by improving the qualities of energy efficient buildings and installations of RES

Duration: June 2012 – December 2013

Budget: 300 000 Euro (EU contribution 90 %)

Contract number: IEE/12/BWI/420/SI2.622872


LuxBuild2020 prepares Luxemburg’s building sector in general and especially the blue collar workers for the EU 20-20-20 targets by developing a qualification roadmap for craftsmen. The roadmap will focus on how to build up sustainably skills and how to face the workforce shortage in the building sector.

The national consortium manages the process of developing the national roadmap. The national platform allows all stakeholders to contribute to the roadmap. The members of the platform participated in a series of 5 workshops, a kick off and a final meeting. The roadmap is based on the results of these workshops.

LuxBuild2020 improves the continuing training for craftsmen, like e.g. training of cross-over skills, in-company training, practical training units and visual training material. Furthermore LuxBuild2020 creates a “culture of change” in order to motivate the blue collar workers to participate in continuing training and to motivate the management to send the workers to the training.

The project also considers the specific situation of Luxemburg. From 2017 on AAA-houses (approximately passive houses) will be obligatory for new residential constructions. Round about 25% of the blue collar workers are educated in the Luxemburgish VET. The majority are frontier workers of the Great Region (Germany, Belgium and France) or immigrants from southern or eastern European countries. This heterogenic workforce must be respected in the skill gap analysis and in the training programs. An enquiry analyses the existing skills on building-sites and the special needs for innovative training methods (multilingual situation etc.).

Project’s results

Result 1

Awareness rising for the drawbacks and opportunities of the building sector

The status quo analysis presents all available data on the building sector. This objective overview initiated already a mind changing process by pointing out the drawbacks and the opportunities of the sector. On demand of the IEE-initiative the numbers of 14’500 additional workers until 2020 was estimated. Especially this number and the fact, that only 150 craftsmen per year are trained by the IVET provoke an increasing interest in the LuxBuild2020 project and the development of the national roadmap.

During the election campaign several politicians quoted the report on the status quo to explain their political ideas

Result 2

National qualification platform and stakeholder engagement :

The creation of the national qualification platform for craftsmen is a very important result of the LuxBuild2020 initiative. Most stakeholders wish to continue the platform under Pillar II, because they consider the platform as a helpful way to consent on the improvement of the qualification of craftsmen.

Total number of organisations participating in the platform: 16

- from the vocational training sector: 5

- from the building sector: 6

- from the energy sector: 4

- from the employment sector: 1

Number of meetings organised: 7 in 7 months

The roadmap represents the results of the workshops of the national platform. The stakeholders had the opportunity to point out their burning questions and to contribute to the development of the roadmap. This participative method of developing a solution was highly appreciated by the participants of the workshops.

The platform will continue under Pillar II with probably 2 meetings per year. During the platform meetings all stakeholders will be informed about the progresses on the implementation of the roadmap measures. Barriers can be discussed and open points form Pillar I will be developed further.

Result 3

National Report on training needs and gaps (status quo report):

Number of workers involved in the (construction/building/craftsmen and other on-site workers): 40’413

Number of workers requiring training: 1800/year until 2020

Number of workers currently trained: 1341 in 2021

Professions with the highest needs: construction (bricklayers), carpenter/roofer, installer, electrician, plasterer-façade specialist.

Result 4

Qualification and training roadmap:

Training program for air tightness and ventilation

Training program for cross over skills

Training program for coaches in the companies

Result 5

Endorsement process:

- The Federation of craftsmen will create a Centre of excellence for craftsmen

- The Federation will be member of the consortium under Pillar II

- Collaboration between the consortium and the INFPC (national institute for continuing professional training) in order to promote the training programs and state aides

- The national Platform will continue its work under Pillar II

Lessons learnt

Lesson 1

Luxemburg’s building sector has to face challenges until 2020. An objective and detailed status quo analysis helps to understand these challenges.

The better these challenges are communicated the more stakeholders are motivated to find solutions.

Lesson 2

The EU-project type of a national project inscribed in a European frame is very effective and helpful approach. European commune objectives often have to be solved on national level. The approach to think on a European level and to act on a national level is very productive and adapted to the objectives of the Buildup skills initiative.

Lesson 3

Target-oriented process, highly effective because of clear structure given by the project, organised in a short period.

Participative workshops are much more interesting than “information meetings”

Key endorsers and commitment

Endorser 1

Organisation: Federation of craftsmen:


- create centre of excellence

- become partner in the consortium under Pillar II

Endorser 2

Organisation: INFPC


- support in promoting the training programs for the building sector

- closer collaboration with the building sector

Endorser 3

Organisation: OAI


- member of the national platform under Pillar II

Country Data Comments + Reference to Status Quo report (page) Construction sector

Number of building on-site workers and craftsmen (+ data year) 40.413

(Data year): 2012 (Status quo report page: 67)

Number of on-site workers and craftsmen trained per year through Initial education (IVET) (+data year) 159

(Data year): 2012 (Status quo report page: 127 )

Number of on-site workers and craftsmen trained per year through Continuing education (CVET) (+data year) 1.341

(Data year): 2012 (Status quo report page: 124 )

Estimates of additional building on-site workers and craftsmen needed in the sector by 2020 14.500 (Status quo report page: 127 )

Number of building on-site workers and craftsmen requiring up-skilling on EE and RES by 2020 13.300 – 15.500

(Status quo report page: 129 )

3-5 occupations with the highest numbers of workers requiring up-skilling on Energy Efficiency and Renewable

Energy Sources amongst building on-site workers and craftsmen

- Construction (Builder)

- Electrician

- Heating and sanitary

- Plasterer – façade specialist

(Status quo report page: 129 )

Number of additional trainers needed (Status quo report page: - )

Last updated: 23.01.2014

Project Factsheet

Key Documents

Project details

National contact information

Project patner(s)

Chamber of skilled crafts (Chambre des Métiers), Luxemburg
IFSB - Training institute for building sector, Luxembourg

LuxBuild - Pillar II

The project targets the implementation of the national roadmap for the qualification of craftsmen until 2020, through the development of training schemes and by promoting a mind-change among companies of the building sector.


• Continuation of the national platform LuxBuild2020
• Information campaign on the challenges 2017 and 2020
• Image campaign on the crafts and the jobs in the construction sector
• Campaign to young people as the future craftsmen
• Development of a quality system for trainers and participants of trainings
• Creation of a gateway “LuxBuild2020” offering the complete information on the training schemes and assistance to apply for state aides. The gateway helps to overcome the barriers in company management.
• Development of a centre of excellence for building crafts
• Development of a qualification framework focusing the 2020 targets
• Development of a multi-step qualification schemes for blue collar workers
• Completing and upgrading of training facilities and materials for practical training
• Development of an in-company tutoring
• Training the trainers and coaches/tutors
• Development of a website as a repository for the teaching tools created

Project details

Level of Progress: 
Overall Budget: 
EU contribution: 
Trade / Profession: 
  • façade workers/ plasterer (building envelope)
  • roofers
  • outdoor/ indoor carpenters
  • HVAC installers
  • electrical installers (energy infrastructure)
  • bricklayers

National contact information

Myenergy GIE
Christiane Conrady

Project patner(s)

Chamber of crafts

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