The objective of the Initiative BUILD UP SKILLS SLOVAKIA is to prepare the first steps of the National Policy of the Vocational Education Improvement in Construction Sector for the blue collar workers (on-site workers) and construction supervisors, to face the challenges of the green economy, especially the ”new“ energy, i.e. energy efficiency and renewable sources. The focal object of the proposed Initiative is the sector of Buildings. Even though all phases of the building lifecycle are important from the viewpoint of the energy consumption, the most important is the construction of buildings. Therefore, the skills level of construction craftsmen is crucial for the low energy consumption of new constructed and major renovated buildings.
The project will be led by the Association of Construction Entrepreneurs of Slovakia (Zväz stavebných podnikateľov Slovenska – ZSPS) with assistance of other 4 consortium members: the Building Testing and Research Institute (Technický a skúšobný ústav stavebný – TSUS), the Congress and Educational Centre (Ústav vzdelávania a služieb), the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (Slovenská inovačná a energetická agentúra – SIEA) and EkoFond, non investment fund established by the Slovak Gas Company. The project is planned for 18 months and is divided into 5 work packages. Each work package is lead by some of the consortium members. For WP1: Project management – ZSPS, WP 2: Analysis of the national status quo – TSUS, WP3: Development of the road map – UVS, WP 4: Endorsement activities – SIEA, WP 5: EU exchange activities – ZSPS; Dissemination and exploitation of the project and its results (which is included in all other work packages) – EkoFond.
Primary target groups of the project are the employees of construction companies and installers of building services equipment as well as other on-site employees. In terms of professions, the project will focus primarily on wallers, window installers, installers of shading devices, thermal insulation and waterproofing installers, plasterer, carpenters, plumbers, heating and cooling devices installers, air-conditioning installers, heat pump and photovoltaic installers, as well as lighting installers. The secondary target groups are construction supervisors in the meaning of their ability of an in-deep check of all above mentioned professions´ work outputs.