TRAIN Wind

Transfer of innovative VET system in Wind Energy Technologies (TrainWind)

Origin

European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has announced that it expects EU wind energy sector to create over 250,000 new jobs in the next decade. In Bulgaria/UK there is high demand for specialists in operation and maintenance in the sector. Official data states that each MW of installed capacity of wind power creates approximately 5 jobs for qualified staff. Thus, the demand for specialists in Wind Energy Technologies (WET) has increased by approximately 1500 people in BG.

TrainWind project proposes ICT-based training in WET to response to that demand and to offer target groups opportunity  for professional development.

Target groups

1. Employees in wind energy sector, to adapt their abilities to the new WET and complement their professional development.

2. Young people in their formal training and education stage.

Impact

The implementation of the project will aim at:

  • Increasing e-learning capacity of each partner.
  • Creation of local and EU stakeholders’ networks in Wind energy sector.
  • Improved skills and a better access to the “world of work” for target groups.
  • Validation of acquired competences.
  • Increasing competitiveness of Wind energy sector.
  • Transfer of project experiences and practices between stakeholders in the sector.
  • Embedding partners’ national qualification structures in transparent EU VET system.
  • Influence towards the need and benefits of LLP.
  • Valorization of WET training.
  • Increasing partnership between Stakeholders and educational EU institutions.

Objectives

TrainWIND project will transfer and adapt an innovative e-learning platform for training employees in Wind Energy Technologies (WET). Furthermore:

  • Analyze the needs and create stakeholders’ networks in WET
  • Provide ICT-based training programmes (syllabus and courses) in WET
  • Provide training-oriented actions related to the “delivering a skills base relevant to working life”
  • Train skilled and motivated workers in WET
  • Implement ICT technologies in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and promote their use
  • Ultimately promote the usage of Renewable Energy

Partners and their roles in the project:

The consortium involves the beneficiary and coordinator TUV and five other partners. The foundation of the partnership is build around 4 organizations experienced and involved in VET – TUV, FEER-CENIFER, Embrace and Syntra West.

As an addition 2 partners from the industry, that can provide contact, information and assistance from the consumer perspective are envisaged – APEE and ABC. The consortium has a multi-national approach, as a total of 4 EU countries leading in WET are involved – BG, BE, ES and UK. All partners have significant experience in transnational cooperation in both scientific and VET oriented project activities. The partners are familiar with each other with previews experience dating at least 3 year back.

Tasks and activities allocated to the individual partners are carefully planned, with special attention paid to the specialisation, expertise and infrastructural capacity of each partner.

Main responsibilities specific for each partner:
TUV as a beneficiary and coordinator, and the organization with the highest infrastructural and human potential will take part in:
• All coordination and management activities
• Transfer and adaptation activities
• Activities related to setting and administration of the e-learning platform
• Conduction of a pilot course

FEER-CENIFER as a main country of transfer will take part in:
• Transfer and adaptation activities
• Improvement and fine tuning of the course

Embrace as an experienced organization in VET and potential transfer country will:
• Manage the creation of a stakeholder’s network and survey for the target groups
• Project Blog
• Transfer and adaptation activities
• Conduction of a second pilot course

Syntra West as an expert in ICT training will:
• Adapt and install of software tools
• Transfer of the contents into the e-learning platform

ABC and APEE as business representatives and potential consumers and contact point with the industry will actively participate in:
• Transfer and adaptation activities
• Creation of stakeholder’s network and survey for the target groups needs
• Assessment and improvement of the courses based on feedbacks and comments

Tasks common for all partners:
• Valorisation: All partners will participate in dissemination actives, so a multi-national EU effect can be obtained.
• Monitoring, evaluation and reporting: All partners will participate in these activities, as this will improve quality by introducing critic from a wide angle perspective.

Learn more about the project: http://www.tu-varna.bg/trainwind

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