Title Q-BICON: Competences for tomorrow´s energies: A qualification scheme for biomass consultancy
Project Number 527447-LLP-1-2012-1-DE-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The project Q-BICON aims at designing and implementing an innovative training course for up skilling professionals - particularly multipliers and consultants - in the field of bioenergy. The planned qualification scheme will assist the participants in improving their technical and organisational skills as well as their mediation and communication abilities. The course will offer both online and residential learning phases.
The target groups of Q-BICON mainly comprise multipliers and consultants who seek to or who already work in different professions and fields of activity related to bioenergy. Both self-employed and privately or publicly employed persons engaged in the following fields are addressed by the course:
- Waste disposal, technical and building services
- Agriculture and forestry
- Spatial planning and architecture
- Energy providers and municipal utilities
- Organizations and associations related to (bio)energy
The new training will be tested in 2014 with a open and free-of-charge pilot course, comprising 4 modules:
1. Energy systems
2. Sustainable utilization of biomass for energy purposes
3. Project management, legal framework and funding
4. Communication and participation
Facing the lack of suitable trainings for biomass experts, a consortium of partners from Austria, Germany, Hungary and Poland develops a qualification framework for an innovative advanced training for biomass experts within the project Q-BICON. This new type of training is designed for consultants and multipliers, whose decisions on planning and investment are crucial for the future utilization of bioenergy. According to the competence requirements of this target group the advanced vocational training addresses the following topics:
- Understanding energy systems
- Sustainable utilization of biomass for energy purposes
- Project management, legal framework and funding programmes
- Communication and participation (regarding stakeholders)
Consultancy and communication skills are most important with respect to increasing doubts of bioenergy, exemplified through the “food versus fuel debate” or the carbon footprint. Target-group-specific consultancy and communication competences will enable participants to establish successful material and value cycles.
The development of the vocational training with the project Q-BICON is carried out at four stages:
1. Detailed demand analysis in all partner countries
2. Development of training curriculum
3. Elaboration of teaching contents and materials
4. Open and free-of-charge pilot testing phase
The first two stages were implemented during the first year of the project. Accordingly, production of training contents, processing of training materials as well as the implementation of these materials to a e-learning platform will be accomplished during the second year of Q-BICON. Another milestone will be the implementation of the pilot testing phase in all partner countries in mid-2014. Reports analysing the market usability of the final training products, the conducted dissemination efforts and the results of the pilot testing will help to evaluate and optimize the project outcomes at the end of Q-BICON implementation phase.
The project consortium involves expert institutions from different fields as well as vocational training centres. The involved training centres Berufsförderungsinstitut Steiermark (BFI), C & Q Bildungszentrum Haberhauffe (C&Q) and Kujawsko-Pomorski Agricultural Advisory Centre (KPODR) ensure the application-related and customer friendly implementation of the contents through latest teaching methods. Fraunhofer Centre for Central and Eastern Europe (FhG-MOEZ) as the Q-BICON lead partner has a broad range of experience in leading European consortia and cares for the Q-BICON project and quality management. Energiaklub contributes its expertise in sustainable bioenergy projects by providing the detailed demand analysis in all partner countries. The European Center for Renewable Energy Güssing has previously developed training schemes in the field of renewable energy sources and elaborates the Q-BICON teaching contents and materials.
More information about the project Q-BICON and in particular about how to participate in the free-off charge pilot course can be found on the project website www.q-bicon.eu. Get in touch with the consortium partners!
Q-BICON pursues the objective to build up new and advanced skills in the field of bioenergy consultancy in Europe. In this connection, the project responds to the massive increase in renewable energy production, particularly in the field of bioenergy. Bioenergy is the major source among renewable energy sources (RES) in Europe, accounting for almost 64% of European renewable energies and showing steady growth patterns. Further development of bioenergy utilisation and technologies is driven by the binding EU 2020 targets and established support schemes.
Along with the boost in that sector a considerable demand for up-to-date information concerning technical, legislative, procedural and environmental aspects has emerged in recent years. Successful distribution of such practice-oriented, state-of-the-art information and knowledge among technical experts, plant manufacturers, farmers, spatial planners as well as other professional groups is of considerable importance for the success of the overall transition in the energy sector and for the successful achievement of the EU RES-targets until the year 2020.
Q-BICON enhances the transfer of information and knowledge by setting up an innovative vocational training scheme particularly designed for consultants and multipliers. The main reason for developing the training is that many consultants already have general experience in renewable energies, but do lack far-reaching, bioenergy specific expertise. Thus, the project´s primary target group, consultants and multipliers, either already working in that sector or just graduated, will be trained to later consult and inform the above mentioned specific community of users such as technical or planning-oriented professionals.
The Q-BICON blended-learning course with alternating presence meetings and online learning phases will be implemented in all project countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Poland. The course will take the different national planning and administrative processes into account by adapting curriculum structures and training contents to the national conditions. The overall duration of the training will be 12 weeks including four meetings of two days duration, taking place at weekends. Consequently, participation in the training is possible extra-occupational. The curriculum will be adapted to the needs of the primary target group taking into consideration that most of the participants hold an academic degree and already have professional experience.
During the whole duration of the pilot course a qualified mentor will advise and support the participants. The assessment and evaluation process to be applied will guarantee continuous improvement of the training course leading to a marketable product ready by the end of the project.
In contrast to already existing bioenergy training courses, the Q-BICON training will be characterized by the following key product features:
1. Innovative → creating a new occupational profile for bioenergy consultants.
2. Close to the market → by continuously analysing the market demands in all partner countries.
3. Blended learning → development of the curriculum following latest teaching methods.
4. State of the art → elaborating new teaching contents and materials.
5. Market feedback → open and free-of-charge pilot testing phase.
As a result of the Q-BICON project, interested persons from many different bioenergy related branches will significantly profit from the project results in having the chance to up-skill their knowledge of bioenergy systems, sustainability, consultancy and communication, all bundled in one blended learning course. The Q-BICON training will provide the demanded skills in a practical, job oriented way and will boost the exchange of practical knowledge of participants through strong in-class elements. All things considered the Q-BICON project outcomes can be expected to become marketable services, enriching the European training landscape for sustainable energy sources.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
Financial and Insurance Activities
program or curricula