Towards a learning building sector by setting up a large-scale and flexible qualification methodology integrating technical, cross-craft and BIM related skills and competence.
The European Commission-funded project in Lithuania BUILD UP Skills – Lithuania (Lithuanian built environment sector specialists training and development initiative to increase energy efficiency of buildings and structures at the national level) is implemented by the State Enterprise Statybos Produkcijos Sertifikavimo Centras (Certification Center of Building Products), Lithuanian Builders Association, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Kaunas University of Technology and Innovation Management Regional Centre. The main objective of the project is to ensure the proper training and qualifications of blue collar workforce in construction required for the construction of energy efficient buildings and efficient use of renewable energy sources’ technology. The project should develop the qualification training guidelines with the action plan to the year 2020, with quantitative identification of the demand for skilled workforce of corresponding qualifications, qualification training measures, priorities and funding needs, certification procedures, etc. The project duration is 18 months. Implementation of the project began in June 2012.
The aim of the project is to establish a voluntary system for development and recognition of professional competencies and skills of the building workforce in Lithuania in relation to requirements for nearly zero energy buildings.
To this effect, new a Qualification and Training scheme will be developed and widely promoted, while involving major stakeholders at national level. The project contributes to further developing the work of qualification platform initiated during BUILD UP Skills Lithuania.
In 2022 September. the fifth consecutive LIFE21-CET-BUILDSKILLS-REBOOT-SKILLS-LT project (hereinafter BuildUpSkillsLT2030 ) partially funded by the European Commission within the scope of various programs has started. The project is implemented by the Lithuanian Builders' Association (LSA) with partners VilniusTech, KTU, RIVC and the Construction Sector Development Agency (SSVA) and Skaitmeninė statyba.
Since 2011 launched the BUILD UP Skills initiative supports the upskilling of construction professionals across Europe in order to implement sustainable building renovations, ensuring efficient energy consumption, as well as the construction of nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs).
One of the goals of this project is to update the platform of competence development organizations of construction sector stakeholders in Lithuania (employers' and workers' organizations, education and training centers, government institutions), supporting the upgrading of the qualifications of construction specialists.
The second goal of the project is to update the analysis of the current situation in the market ( Status Quo ) and the national action plan ( RoadMAP ) prepared in the first phase of the BUILD UP Skills project in 2011-2012 (EU ENERGOTRAIN project) in order to reflect the new reality of the required competences in the construction sector, related to energy and carbon dioxide reduction goals and challenges until 2030.
The project partners will work together to create an updated action plan ( RoadMAP ), seek its recognition and implementation in the market by 2030.
It is expected that the platform will work together in the future to ensure continuity of implementation and joint monitoring of the action plan against the proposed result indicators. The project is intended to assess the needs for the development of necessary skills and certification of competences. The need for new competences will be assessed in the following aspects: development of digital technologies, smart buildings, efficient use of resources, circular economy principles, efficient use of renewable energy, heating and cooling and other areas related to Energy efficiency and sustainability.