Title Competencies and Transferable Skills: eService Solutions for the Energy Sector
Project Number 510526-LLP-1-2010-1-UK-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The CATS project will develop a set of frameworks, tools and systems to support the future growth and diversification of the European Energy Sector. The partnership will develop competency frameworks for a wide range of sub-sectors including both traditional and renewable technologies, produce interactive online competency assessment and impact assessment tools, guidance manuals and an eService solution. These products will be used by employers in the energy sector, current employees, careers advisors, engage new entrants to a growing sector, and support the work of skills agencies and sector skills academies.
Summary The CATS project will develop a set of frameworks, tools and systems to support the future growth and diversification of the European Energy Sector. The partnership will develop competency frameworks for a wide range of sub-sectors including both traditional and renewable technologies, produce interactive online competency assessment and impact assessment tools, guidance manuals and an eService solution based on constructivist learning theory. These products will be used by employers in the energy sector, current employees, careers advisors, engage new entrants to a growing sector, and support the work of skills agencies and sector skills academies. The growth and development of the EU Energy Sector is key to the aim of achieving energy independence for the region, and the move to renewables must happen to achieve the EU's Climate and Energy Package (Energy 20/20/20). In order to achieve these goals a skilled and flexible workforce is vital, and commentators have noted that skills gaps are the greatest threat to achieving these policy aims. In research conducted in power stations by the applicant in every case the organisations highlighted major skills shortages which they predict will become skills gaps by 2012. These are the result of many factors, notably an aging workforce, lack of new entrants into the sector, lack of multi-skilling, a poor understanding of skills gained in other sub-sectors, and the demand for skilled workers from other non-energy sector companies. The ESP project seeks to impact on all of these areas to develop the capacity to deliver the energy policy goals of national governments and the EU. It will empower energy companies and individuals to engage in true lifelong learning, career planning and development, encourage new entrants into the sector, and provide guidance for training strategies and recognition of competency gained in other sectors, enhancing the mobility of individuals and the productivity of the European Energy Sector.
Description To address these important issues requires a European level solution. This solution must be transferable, and transparent, and be done in consultation with stakeholders. CATS will develop competency frameworks for as wide a range of job tasks in the energy sector as possible based on performance and competency analysis of tasks. These frameworks will be mapped to the EQF (transparency) and the interrelationships between sub-sectors (transferability). CATS will develop online tools to support: development of curricula (particularly participative development of learning), individual competency auditing and planning of learning goals, development of organisational competency development strategies, recognition of transferable skills, identification of multi-skillling opportunities, support for careers advisors. These tools deliver quality, and promote innovation, through a service designed to integrate fully with any required learning system delivery method - LMS based, VCP based, 'chalk & talk', self-managed, mobile, PC-based, GBL/PBL, etc. The competency frameworks provide the data which is manipulated by the engines and through user choice and customisation. The project consists of a prototyping stage, and a verification/try-out stage (like any good software/elearning service development). This guarantees that solutions address issues directly, and stakeholder participation in verification of content delivers quality outputs with great impact potential. Acting together, increased transparency, recognition of transferable skills, development of multi-skilling, attracting new workers to the sector through well defined career development plans, improving efficiency in organisational development will help to ensure that the important energy targets do not fail because of skills shortage.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
description of new occupation profiles
Interrelated competency hierarchies for selection of energy sub-sectors including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal
Online toolkit and user guides
Range of eService solutions and delivery channels