Title Vocational education and training of Wind Technicians
Project Number 2011-1-NO1-LEO05-03281
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The LLP transfer of innovation project Vocational Education and Training of wind technicians involves ten institutions from eight countries throughout Europe.
Some of the institutions are in a process developing the first VET for wind technicians in their respective country, and cooperation with experienced partner organizations from other nations are important to develop high quality VET training.
The working goal for this project is to transfer knowledge and experience cross borders from existing and upcoming VET wind skill training programs (both onshore and offshore), and then adapt and further customize these programs regarding lesson- and training materials, teacher training, adaptation and/or upgrading of competence profiles, methods and approaches in countries both with, and without these programs.
In December 2008 EU leaders adopted a comprehensive package of measures to reduce the EU's contribution to global warming and ensure reliable and sufficient supplies of energy. To increase the use of renewable energy sources the EU has set itself the objective of increasing the proportion of renewable energies in its energy mix by 20% by 2020. Wind Power is by far the most important energy source meeting this challenge.
To get enough qualified personnel in the wind power sector is one of the most challenging task for the industry. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has stated in the report "Wind at Work: Wind Energy and Job Creation in The EU - 2009" that over the past five years, the EU wind energy industry has created more than 60,000 new jobs. Further EWEA has estimated that it will be 446 000 jobs in the wind sector by 2020, and 479 000 by 2030.
Bearing in mind this demand of "new workforce" it is crucial to ensure that employers, skilled workers, teachers and students have good access to up-to-date lesson-, training and teaching materials, methods and approaches, focusing both on theory and practice. It is important too that these materials, methods and approaches are transparent and applicable throughout the EU.
The working goal for this TOI project will be to transfer knowledge and experience beyond borders from existing and upcoming VET wind skill training programs (both onshore and offshore) in various European countries, and then adapt and further customize these programs regarding lesson- and training materials, teacher training, adaptation and/or upgrading of competence profiles, methods and approaches in countries both with, and without these programs.
The project partners will discuss, evaluate and develop guidelines to workshop design and equipment necessary for the training modules. Finally the project will discuss and develop e-learning and distance learning objectives regarding specific modules both for intra- and international cooperation. The results of the project, - both preliminary and final, will be presented through an open accessible website.
The consortium of partners are composed of institutions all dealing with VET, some conducting VET for wind technicians, others without this experience, but all with the need of gaining, exchanging knowledge and experience in this field. Each nation will establish a consortium of national stakeholders both during and after the project period.
The project will transfer and work upon experience and results from other EU projects:
- EU Windskill
Our project have partners involved in each of these projects.
The conduction of our planned project will be an important facilitator for implementing new VET programs through transfer of innovation, but also to further develop and strengthen the VET programs already running, and to secure a 'tuning' of the programs cross borders to meet the demand of a more mobile workforce in this fast growing field.
Recognition, transparency, certification
transparency and certification
Product information In some extent the "products" of this project will be the developed VET for wind technicians in the receiving organizations.