Title Wood Energy Training Network
Project Number UK/11/LLP-LdV/TOI-457
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The aim of the project was, by sharing the best of woodfuel training from the partner countries, to develop a network of top level woodfuel trainers, a European Woodfuel training programme and core competencies framework for woodfuel.
The WETNet project included 7 partners in 6 countries, all of whom are facing common challenges in their growing wood energy industries. Increased mobility of labour, the need to meet legally-binding EU targets for renewable energy production, and structural issues within the forestry industry combine to create a powerful set of drivers for this project.
WETNet, for the first time, collated and distilled state-of-the-art training materials from across a selection of well developed and nascent EU wood energy sectors, and used this as a base on which to consult industry and create a Core Competency list for woodfuel entrepreneurs and workers in the EU. From this, the project produced a ‘best of the best’ training programme. This was piloted with a pool of top-level trainers recruited from each of the partner countries and beyond. The network of top-level trainers resulting from the project will be the primary mechanism used to sustain the outputs and impact of the project post-funding.
The partnership assembled for the project has been created to include the key organisations responsible for woodfuel entrepreneurship training in the participating countries, and constitutes a mixture of government departments, vocational training providers and industry representative bodies. EU candidate countries, relatively recent EU members and more established EU states have been included in the partnership to provide a range of experience.
The anticipated impacts of the project are an increased likelihood that the EU will meet its renewable energy targets using a higher proportion of locally produced rather than imported wood fuels; the increased mobility of labour across EU woodfuel sectors; higher standards of skills and training in the woodfuel and forestry sectors of participating countries; and individuals that are better equipped to create successful woodfuel businesses that contribute to sustainable economic growth across the European Union.
The Woodfuel Core Competencies are freely available to anyone who would like them, they are avaialble to download from the project website.
The delivery of quality woodfuel training was a major objective of this project. In order to ensure quality, a Quality Assurance process has been prepared. This means that the training materials are only being made available to suitable trainers and organisations. A guidance document on how to access the training materials can be found on the project website.
Themes Lifelong learning
Sectors Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
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program or curricula
The outcomes of the project :
- A list of core competencie for woodfuel production
- European woodfuel training programme
- A network of over 50 leading woodfuel trainers approved to deliver the training programme.