ENERGY TRANSITION TRAINING MATERIALS FOR THE CURRENT AND FUTURE WORKFORCE

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section: GREEN SKILLS
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Marit den Ouden
International Office Coordinator
Deltion College
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ENERGY TRANSITION TRAINING MATERIALS FOR THE CURRENT AND FUTURE WORKFORCE

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We proudly present to you the EduTrans international project. In October 2019, seven European intermediate vocational (MBO) schools from four different countries gathered in The Netherlands for the kick-off of this special innovation project. Their mission: to contribute to a well-trained “workforce of the future” which can make an optimal technical contribution to the energy transition.

The global lockdown caused by the coronavirus allowed people to feel what it is like to breathe clean air again. It shows once again how important it is to quickly initiate the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy: for combating climate change but also for the health of the world population. This  energy transition requires the development of new technologies and products. It also calls for people who have the skills to work with these new innovations. This has an enormous impact on intermediate vocational education which will have to keep its courses up-to-date in order to train students who can contribute to the energy transition in the future.

Intermediate vocational education will have to adapt its education to train students ready for energy transition in the future

In the project, VET schools are working delete practically in collaboration with the business community on the development of 14 technical modules, technical applications in the field of energy transition, with matching teaching materials. The teaching
materials will be developed for students of EQF levels 2-5 of secondary vocational education. This also challenges students from lower levels to participate in the transition to an energy-neutral Europe. In addition, companies can use the material to train their staff. In this way, the project connects seamlessly with the European Commission’s vision: “A European Green Deal that leaves no one behind”. The greatest challenge is to develop the modules in such a way that materials can be easily exchanged and thus used in all different national contexts and educational systems. 

The VET schools involved in this project are: Da Vinci College (Coordinator), Deltion College, Aarhus Tech, Roskilde Technical College, Hans-Sachs-Berufskolleg, Centro de Formación Professional Xabec and CIFP Usurbil LHII. 

Further information about the project can be found on the project’s website. On completion of the project, the teaching material developed will be published here with free access.

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