The Netherlands

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The Nederlands - Pillar I

BuildUpSkillsNL unites national forces to increase the number of qualified ‘blue collar’ workers covering all relevant crafts and professions in order to meet the 2020 objectives in the built environment. A national energy-efficiency and renewable energy training and qualification platform will be initiated. A consortium has been formed with parties from training sector and building sector.

BuildUpSkillsNL starts with the identification and quantification of the need for a qualified workforce. A complete analysis of the national situation will be made and a method developed to keep it up to date. The next step in the project is to set up a national qualification road-map. In order to assure a workforce skilled on energy efficiency and sustainable energy the needed skills will be implemented in existing and new profession competence profiles.

To ensure endorsement the consortium consists of organizations that have national status. These organizations will function as linking pins for the endorsement of the roadmap. As a result, the national roadmaps will be endorsed by the relevant authorities and stakeholders with a commitment to carry out and implement the proposed strategy.

Project Factsheet

Key Documents

Project details

National contact information

OTIB, Education and development fund
Mr Peter Smulders

Project patner(s)

Association VET Services in cooperation U.A.
ISSO, Dutch Building Services Knowledge Centre
SBR Foundation
Stichting Fundeon, Kenniscentrum Beroepsonderwijs
Stichting KenteQ KBB (Centre of Expertise)

N@W - Pillar II

The project aimed to reach cooperation between key stakeholders in order to complete the qualification schemes for post-initial training and to unlock the available courses and training offers for the workforce in the Netherlands.


Development and implementation of official accreditation and endorsement of existing post-initial training schemes;Preparation for funding of post-initial training courses;Monitoring of the progress and results of the actions;Ensuring continuity of the National Qualification Platform BuildUpSkillsNL;Development and implementation of a qualification structure for post-initial training with a feedback loop to the qualification structure for initial education;Development of missing qualifications;Development and implementation of multi- or interdisciplinary schemes and training courses;Adding the developed schemes and the inventory of courses made in Pillar I to existing course catalogues.

Project details

Level of Progress: 
Overall Budget: 
EU contribution: 
Trade / Profession: 
  • roofers
  • electrical installers (energy infrastructure)
  • bricklayers
  • insulation installers
  • plasterer
  • Heating &
  • airco
  • aluminium and PVC carpentry
  • Glazier
  • Flooring
  • Carpentry i.e. finishing of doors, windows, facades
  • Wood (pre-)fabrication
  • Heat pump
  • ventilation
  • roof mechanic - solar power, wind energy

National contact information

Stichting Opleidings- en ontwikkelingsfonds voor het Technisch Installatiebedrijf
Jan Cromwijk; Peter Smulders

Project patner(s)

Stichting Fundeon Kenniscentrum Beroepsonderwijs Bouw & Infra

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