The project BU.G.S. – Building Green Skills is co-financed by the specific call of the PROGRESS Programme 2007-2013 “Delivering on skills for growth and jobs” (VP/2013/010). More specifically, it falls under the strand focused on green skills needed in the construction field (First strand/key sector 1). The project overall objective is to contribute to the removal of “bugs”, namely green skills gaps, which cause an incorrect result in the economic development and professional growth in the Construction Sector.
BU.G.S. consortium is composed of 11 partners from Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia: local and regional public bodies dealing with training and employment issues, private entities representing the construction company sector, research centres dealing with energy issues, training and employment centres cooperate to provide tools and methods useful to deal with the current challenges of the labour market. The transnational dimension allows a comparison among strategy and policy frameworks and stimulates the adoption and promotion of new strategies integrating the environmental dimension and the employment urges.
The total budget is for € 887.231,21 for a total period of 18 months (from 1 December 2014 to 31 May 2016).
Challenges and Objectives
The project is based on the fact that renewable energies and energy efficiency in construction have a high potential for green jobs (the EC estimates that in the period 2005/2009 the renewable Energy sector generated 220.000 jobs); countries like Germany, with active policies to develop renewable energies and boosting environmental sustainability, succeeded in creating new jobs in this field and encouraged the demand for energy efficiency services.
So training measures need to be foreseen and implemented to support professional growth, job opportunities and company competitiveness with a double effect: to generate new jobs and change the existing jobs.
Based on the above facts, BU.G.S. will contribute to the achievement of three specific objectives:
- to foster partnership between public and private sector on the labour market to boost the job creation potential of green skills;
- to fill in the gap between labour market demand and supply of green Construction skills, namely green skills for energy efficiency, renewable energies, energy performance of buildings, energy diagnosis, eco-design, lifecycle analysis, energy management systems;
- to disseminate and exploit, throughout the EU, tools and methods to manage and detect green skills bottlenecks, that can be identified as “bugs” in the Construction field.
In line with the transition towards a green, low carbon and resource efficient economy and in order to respond to the increasing demand of green skills in the construction sector, BU.G.S. expect to reach the above mentioned goals through the production of the following outputs:
- a data mining software to detect green skills gaps in the construction field, applicable to other fields as well, thanks to its standard and flexible framework;
- a collection of good practices of tailored evaluation of green skills gaps and training measures adopted;
the development of specific training modules for re/up-skilling responding to to the gaps of people with low, intermediate and high skilled profile;
- a web Platform and a Live chat for trainers and any other potential users of tools and paths for analysis, monitoring, evaluation of green skills and training solutions, facing green skills bottlenecks and employment threats in the construction field;
- a project Web site and a final dissemination conference to promote project activities and results to a wide audience.
The project target to which BU.G.S. will be addressed are:
- people of the Construction sector (e.g.: Designers, Site managers, Technicians, operators, sector trainers), who are low, intermediate and high skilled, who need to improve their skills for professional growth and to get more chances to find a new job or keep their job;
- SMEs of the construction sector willing to improve their competitiveness;
- Employment centres dealing with updating of skills and active labour market policies;
- Policy and decision makers responsible for the definition and the implementation at local and regional level of employment and labour market policies;
- Researchers of national and international research organizations and other universities dealing with energy issues.