Lifelong education and improving the skills and competitiveness of existing construction workers in the energy efficiency field in Croatia.
Croatia, with some exceptions in the institutional vocational education, had no systematic training of students and construction workers in energy efficiency, even though the number of construction workers far exceeds the number of other experts in the field of construction (engineers, etc.). There was also no certification scheme for workers or companies related to EE in buildings.
Croskills project, as the part of the larger Build Up Skills initiative, is focused on lifelong education of workers in the field of energy efficiency in constructing thus strengthening qualifications of craftsmen, employed and unemployed construction workers.
The project consists of 6 components:
From 2012-2013 the project gathered relevant Croatian institutions and professional associations in the construction, energy and education sectors through the National Qualification Platform (NQP), resulting in the formulation of needs and priorities within the National Roadmap and Action Plan, formally endorsed by 23 sectoral stakeholders.
A total of 18 training modules – three modules for each of the 6 key construction professions - bricklayer, plasterer, carpenter, housepainter, roofer, drywall installer - have been developed in accordance with the Croatian Qualifications Framework (levels 2 and 3).

Resources needed

The amount of funding/financial resources used: 553.787,69 EUR
The human resources required to set up and to run the practice:
Project team: 33 members;
In total 453 persons were involved in the project.

Evidence of success

National qualification platform (NQP) and stakeholders engagement with 60 active participants.
Within the framework of CROSKILLS 330 workers have been certified on EE in construction, 11 training centers have been accredited and 90 trainers have been certified to deliver the training programs.
An important result of this GP is increased awareness and attractiveness of the 6 construction professions.

Difficulties encountered

The main important factor in developing the training plan was the participating approach and support of main national stakeholders. Lack of collaboration and agreement on priorities between those stakeholders could be a serious obstacle.

Potential for learning or transfer

The development process for the National Roadmap and Action Plan was open for all interested parties, through national consultations and meetings with focus groups, held during 2013 throughout the country, in order to ensure presence of the highest possible number of interested stakeholders.

The National Platform was involved in the process of developing the lifelong education schemes for building workers as advisory body and will continue in this capacity throughout the Croskills project.

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Main institution
Faculty of Civil Engineering University of Zagreb
Jadranska Hrvatska, Croatia (Hrvatska)
Start Date
November 2014
End Date
September 2017


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