UMBAU & KO – Environmentally-friendly construction with competence
Development of a European qualification and certification strategy for initial and continuing vocational education and training in the building and construction profession, in compliance with the new European guidelines
Climate protection, energy saving and environmental protection are core concepts that express our responsibility for the world we are living in. They require competences for energy-economical and environmentally friendly actions. This is also a challenge faced by the entire European building trade, and a major focus of the Berlin policy.
“Umbau & Ko” provides answers as to how innovations in vocational education and the assurance of skilled workers can be achieved. The BGZ took over the overall project management and coordination in the national and transnational network.
The objective of the project was to open up the initial and continuing vocational education and training system in the participating countries by creating comparable standards and to shape it in a more flexible way. The project was therefore aimed at a broad target group: trainers, VET managers as well as at social partners, apprentices and skilled workers in the building sector. At the same time, the initial and continuing vocational education and training had to be adapted to new quality requirements, not only in Berlin, but in Europe, as it is a fact that cross-border cooperation in building projects will become the norm. Working together with different skilled crafts for energy-saving construction is gaining importance.
Another task was to qualify staff in the area of energy performance of buildings. The competence development of professionals and upwardly-mobile apprentices helped to close a skills gap in the level of skilled workers and to strengthen European vocational education.
The project resulted in a coordinated qualification and certification strategy, supplemented by advanced training modules with appropriate teaching methods and materials. It harmonized qualification standards in at least four countries, provided transparent guidelines for the identification of companies’ training needs and the adaptation of vocational education in the building sector.
“Umbau & KO“ was presented with the Leonardo da Vinci Award 2009 “Innovation in Practice” at the annual meeting of the National Agency Education for Europe.
“It was not only the clear and precise material on the extremely relevant topic of energy efficiency that impressed the jury, but also the certification strategy model which serves to assist the countries on their way to mutual recognition and accrediting of acquired technical skills. The system is intended to create transparency for companies and construction teams. The project had a great impact due to the excellent collaboration with Germany, Denmark, Poland and Belgium, and through the integration of chambers and trade associations.”Prof. Dr. Weiß from BIBB (Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training) in his laudation at the Leonardo da Vinci awards ceremony for UMBAU &KO on 01 October 2009.
Erasmus+ Project Results Platform
In the pilot programme, a module was developed in each country. This is supposed to ensure cross-border recognition of competences in a future European qualification framework.
A description of the acquired competence underlies each module. This description was developed in a competence matrix corresponding to that in the project.
The examination of the acquired competence is the basis of certification.
Trainer guides have been developed for the instruction of trainers and teachers. The contained position descriptions refer to the documents of the modules.
Each certification requires clear fundamentals. These are primarily designed to ensure that all parties involved understand the same thing with a certificate and have a very precise idea of what he skilled workers can do.
To interest trainees and students in the topic energy-saving construction, a special experiment was developed: the block of ice bet.
Germany, Belgium, Poland and Denmark
2004 – 2007
Partners in Germany:
OSZ Construction Technic, Berlin Chamber of Small Business and Skilled Crafts, BIV-BFW e.V. Cottbus, Construction Technology Education Association, Technical University Berlin
ZAWM St. Vith (BE), ZRP Warsaw (Polish Craft and Small Business Association) (PL), ATC Aarhus (DK), and further Partners in Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Poland
European Commission – Leonardo da Vinci – Pilot project
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.