Title AIRE (Adapting and Installing an international vocational Training for Renewable Energies)
Project Number DE/09/LLP-LdV/TOI/147261
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
In the AIRE project Berlin exported the vocational training „Assistant for Regenerative Energy techniques and energy management“ to other European countries
In cooperation with the partners in Belgium, Denmark, Spain and Turkey we developed curricula or rather common modules, which are comparable, define common quality standards, and allocate these to the EQF, ECVET and the EUROPASS documents.
In the EU the following binding targets for 2020 were defined: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and ensure 20% of renewable energy sources in the EU energy mix; a plan to reduce EU global primary energy use by 20% by 2020.
In order to realize these objectives the EU is in need of well trained technical staff. Since 2002 there has been the training for „Assistant for regenerative energy and energy management“. This is a full time school vocational training which is recognized by the KMK (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic) officially all over Germany. It contains many elements which are also part of the training to become an electrician, but there are of course also very special elements which lead towards future.
In view of the development on the labour market also European partners are interested in introducing a comparable vocational training and would like to have Europe wide recognition. Although all systems of vocational training are different, there are comparable requirements for technical staff. All project partners train in the field of electricity and can develop the AIRE training on these grounds.
As a basis for a European/internation vocational training we developed standards which are easily transferable and which can be recognized everywhere due to transparent assessment methods. Through the implementation of the transparency instruments of the EU the comparablility is easier and this is a good starting point for mobility and cooperation.
The ideal objective was to define a common European AIRE standard which can be applied all over Europe, similar to the European computer driving license, the European entrepreneurship license or EuCoCo.
The project ran from 25 September 2009 till 24 September 2011.
In the first phase (until January 2010) information on existing systems was exchanged. Suggestions for the contents and punctuation of moduls were made, the existing curricula were regarded as to elements in common and common objectives and the technical equipment of the rooms were planned. At the same time, two partner cities worked on the official permitted to start operating AIRE classes starting in fall 2010. Information campaigns was inaugurated and mobility projects were planned and applied for.
In the second phase (until March 2010) the class rooms were technically prepared and equipped, teaching material was exchanged and further activities of dissemination took place.
In the third phase (until August 2010) the curricula and laboratories were adapted to the needs of AIRE-classes. At the same time the length of the vocational training, the milestones for the assessment for learning progress and other things were compaired. Also the procedures for a final examination were planned, but it was laid down that we would recognize each others training internationally, once we accredit the partner institutions. Furthermore the partners contacted higher education institutions in order to enable also vertical mobility. All AIRE candidates who successfully finish this training will be enabled to either work as an employee at a company, start his or her own business or go on to university. Further dissemination material is continually produced and distributed.
In the fourth phase (until September 2010 or rather until summer 2013) the first two AIRE classes started operating in two partner cities (Pamplona and Randers). This was accompanied by special events like inauguration and dissemination parties with the involement of the partners. The collection of teaching material is being continually improved especially through consultation of the respective companies in the field of renewable energy and energy management. First plans for a learning CD-ROM were designed, the interim report stated and the website is fully operational.
In the fifth phase (until January 2011) the experiences were critically regarded and served as a help for the other two partners who learned from the others’ experiences. Starting from these experiences a snowball effect was prepared. Networking was broadened and deepened, teacher/trainer training was improved and mobility was applied for in increasing numbers. As the project worked out extremely well, the partners applied for follow-up projects in the field of LLL and even with programmes with worldwide effects.
In the sixth phase (until May 2011) all measures were taken in order to have AIRE classes in all partner cities by fall 2011. Schoolbooks and teachers’ manuals or similar collections of teaching material were not produced in the project, but the project provides links of the available material in the different languages. Also other media were taken into consideration.
In the seventh phase (until 24 September 2011) all final definitions were laid down for EQF, ECVET and the EUROPASS documents. Then they were translated into all the final report. In a final meeting, the results from the AIRE project were presented to new interested partners, politicians, stakeholders of business life and research and others.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
program or curricula
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
transparency and certification
Products which were produced within the project AIRE:
1. The AIRE-kit: a composition of material and devices which are essential for the practical classes in the field of regenerative energy and energy management.
2. An AIRE collection of teaching material for the students.
3. An AIRE collection as a teachers’ manual with direct reference to the teaching material mentioned above.
4. An AIRE curriculum as a prototyp and basis for the Europe wide recognition. It consists of modules which will be assigned to certain number of points/credits (probably percentages).
5. Individualised AIRE curricula, which comply with the national/regional laws.
6. An AIRE guidebook which indicates all the steps which are/were necessary in order to be allowed to introduce the AIRE training.
7. An AIRE concept for the exchange of students and teachers/trainers.
8. An AIRE concept for further training for teachers and trainers.
9. AIRE infomaterial and AIRE webseite.
10. AIRE concepts in order to measure the „high score“ of the learning progress and for final examinations and the assignment of credits.
11. AIRE definitions for the ECVET profile, EUROPASS and other EU documents.
12. AIRE agreements for recognition.
13. AIRE concept for a learning CD-ROM.
14. AIRE strategy for the dissemination of the results and a snowball effect.
15. AIRE congress for better networking.
16. An AIRE final report.