Title AQUA-RET 2 - Vocational Training in Marine Renewable Energy Technologies
Project Number LLP/LdV/TOI/2009/IRL-515
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Aqua-RET2’s aims and objectives were 1) to identify the labour market needs of the marine renewable sector and ancillary businesses on a sectoral and geographical basis 2) to select, adapt and further develop existing material from Aqua-RET to meet identified labour market needs 3) to integrate the new innovative training content into the work place by piloting new training programmes from which outputs were transferred geographically and between sectors to ensure that training is more responsive to changes in labour market needs 4) to facilitate the transfer of skills from ancillary sectors to the marine renewables sector.
Aqua-RET 2 aimed to update & further develop its innovative training materials for the marine renewables sector, targeting also new audience and wider geographic locations by: a) identifying new needs of the sector and ancillary businesses, on a sectoral and geographical basis, by means of targeted needs analysis; b) adapting and developing existing material to bridge the gap between competence requirements and labour market needs; c) piloting the resulting new courses in new locations and between sectors; d) creating a innovative mapping tool allowing stakeholders to see the new skills/knowledge/competencies required, and which knowledge gaps the Aqua-RET training can address; and e) developing an assessment system linked to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) for the marine renewable energy sector using a learning outcomes approach. The courses are market relevant, geared to anticipate skills needs, an LLL aim and recommended in the Bordeaux Communique (Nov 2008) on VET.
The 6 partners (5 countries) were a well-balanced mix of regions, stakeholders, social partners and international expertise which includes CRES (original Greek partner), Aquatera (leading environmental consultancy), WavEC (original Portuguese partner), La Tene Maps (original Irish partner) and the European Ocean Energy Association (new Belgium partner).
The project outcomes are a needs analysis, a competency mapping tool, and innovative face-to-face training tools/modules designed to provide learners with the required competences. Less tangible outcomes include the diffusion of new knowledge related to new skills needs in the renewable technologies industry, with course delivery which also complies with new accreditation measures (EQF). Aqua-RET 2 supports the transfer of skills from industry sectors such as oil and gas to those newer green technologies in the marine renewable energy sector where a lack of skilled personnel has created a bottleneck.
Aqua-RET successfully created a multilingual suite (EN, PT, RO, EL) of modules to improve end-user’s (public, planners, energy advisors, developers, and people working in ancillary sectors) understanding of marine renewable energy technologies. A previous Aqua-RET survey illustrated the need to further develop this material e.g. include new content and different technologies. Aqua-RET 2 aimed to take Aqua-RET a step further by further developing the material and defining it through the training requirements of the industry, based on a needs analysis.
Aqua-RET2’s aims and objectives were 1) to identify the labour market needs of the marine renewable sector and ancillary businesses on a sectoral and geographical basis 2) to select, adapt and further develop existing material from Aqua-RET to meet identified labour market needs 3) to integrate the new innovative training content into the work place by piloting new training programmes from which outputs will be transferred geographically and between sectors to ensure that training is more responsive to changes in labour market needs 4) to facilitate the transfer of skills from ancillary sectors to the marine renewables sector.
Aqua-RET 2 involved a diversity of stakeholders (in both the marine renewable sector and ancillary businesses) in the design and delivery of a needs analysis aimed at identifying the labour market needs of the sector and highlighting the necessary skills required. Aqua-RET 2 identified gaps in the skills required and knowledge available and further developed the Aqua-RET range of materials, producing training courses using best practice methodology to fill these gaps. One of Aqua-RET's deliverables, key learning outcomes, was further developed and matched with the identified skills to meet competency levels for roles within the marine renewables sector. This action enabled Aqua-RET 2 to promote mobility of labour both across Europe and between sectors by supporting the transfer of workers from sectors which may have peaked (COM(2008) 768 final) e.g. oil and gas to this fast developing sector. The development of an assessment system linked to the European Qualifications Framework facilitates labour market mobility and transfer of skills and knowledge. A newly developed competence mapping tool acts as a guide to allow workers and employers to focus on the areas where knowledge and training is most needed and illustrate how the Aqua-RET 2 training material and courses can meet those gaps. This enables the courses to be market relevant and act as a system for the anticipation of skills needs, one of the main aims of the LLP and a recommendation in the Bordeaux Communique (Nov 2008) on European cooperation in VET. The training courses developed are workplace relevant and focused on target groups sharing best practice and the latest thinking across sectors and across Europe.
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Product information Aqua-RET 2 provided a competency mapping tool, to facilitate worker mobility and improve long-term job prospects by orientating skill development which supports this fast developing sector across Europe. Innovative face-to-face training tools/modules were also designed and developed to provide learners with the required competences.