BLESIL aims at improving skills and competencies of workers of the construction sector within novel methodologies, techniques and software management within outcomes of European R&D founded projects. This training is addressed to the three phases of building life cycle: design, construction and use & maintenance. The consecution of this project will allow to accomplish in a better way the Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings.

BLESIL PROJECT IS ALIGNED WITH EUROPE2020 STRATEGY

The Europe 2020 strategy sets the overarching framework for a future strategy for construction focusing on the following three priorities:

• Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation;

• Sustainable growth: promoting a more efficient, greener and more competitive economy;

• Inclusive growth: fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion.

The Commission’s initiative new skills for new jobs supports the Europe 2020 Strategy in so far as it is an enabling policy aimed at identifying business areas where sustainable jobs can be developed through innovation, entrepreneurship, technology development, and through targeted education and training activities.

This project will favour EUROPE2020 strategy as this project will impact positively in the three topics above commented. BLESIL will deepen in a smarter construction sector, as learning contents are based on EU funded projects outcomes. Contents are focused on energy efficiency improvement, what is directly related with the sustainability. And finally, improving and updating construction workers skills will, definitively, empower their employability, fostering the inclusive objective.

BLESIL WILL IMPROVE THE LEVEL OF COMPETENCES AND SKILLS OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.

According to CEDEFOP report (Skills supply and demand in Europe Medium-term forecast up to 2020) the construction sectors expected to see a decrease of 1.5% per annum or more in employment compared 2007 indicators. But it is also estimated that 275.000 new jobs could be created in the sector by 2020 if there is a political support for the energy efficiency policies.

Different actors of this sector (installers & builders, planners & architects) will be trained in novel techniques, methodologies and software which are results from European R&D projects, empowering their employability and opening new opportunities for these workers in the frame of the Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings.

USE OF ICT AND OER.

Project is based in an eLearning platform, which will be developed by AITIIP, in coherence with a specific methodology for this aim.

Construction workers, specifically installers & builders are not used to these technologies, so a specific methodology will be developed for them. The contents and methodology will be transferred to OpenEducationEuropa.eu so it will be available as an open educational resource.

The use of this platform will also improve the digital skills of construction workers, who use to be reluctant to these kind of tools.

COOPERATION BETWEEN EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

The consortium is well balanced in terms of training experiences and construction background: BLESIL is an alliance of training entities (ITB, AITIIP) and SMEs of the construction sector (GEEZAR, EKODENGE). It is also remarkable that all the entities are participating in different associations and platforms, what can multiply dissemination and employability through the construction sector.

These two factors assure that the main project output is that pupils will empower their employability by improving their skills and competencies.

THE DIRECTIVE 2010/31/EU ON THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS.

The Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings address a specific challenge: by 31 December 2020, all new buildings should be nearly zero-energy buildings. It also states that other actions reducing energy consumption must be taken also with existing buildings.

Project will focus in this specific objectives, but will also complement a training gap:

The Directive recognises SKILLS SHORTAGE in the construction sector. Preface 29 highlight that “Installers and builders are critical for the successful implementation of this Directive. Therefore, an adequate number of installers and builders should, through training and other measures, have the appropriate level of competence

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

Erasmus+

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Blesil is a Erasmus+ KA2 project (2014 - 2016).

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