Fundación Laboral de la Construcción (Spain) are coordinators of this Erasmus+ project Construction Blueprint funded under the Sector Skills Alliance for implementing a new strategic approach (Blueprint) to sectorial cooperation on skills. Construction Blueprint gathers three European Union (EU) umbrella sectorial organisations, along with nine national sectorial representatives and 12 Vocational and Education Training providers (24 partners) from 12 EU countries to work together for developing a new sectorial strategic approach to cooperate on skills in the construction industry, and support a better matching between skill needs of companies and skills provided by training centres.
This Blueprint Sectoral Skills Strategy will bring together lessons learned from other initiatives (i.e. Build Up Skills, H2020 and Erasmus+ projects, BIMzeED) and will be outlined from a holistic approach, identifying political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors, which may be affecting sector skills and training offer. Encompassed with activities, milestones, outcomes and outputs, the activities will be developed during the course of the project. Limerick institute of Technology, LIT are responsible to implement trainings and awareness by:
- collecting good practices at national and regional level to illustrate and promote other initiatives addressing skill gaps.
- designing and delivering a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to raise awareness among construction workers about new skills drivers: digitalisation, energy efficiency and circular economy.
To enhance the awareness, sustainability and transfer throughout Europe, the following actions will also be carried out:
- To create the tool ‘Watch Tower Observatory’ to provide valuable information about particular skill needs at least at regional/national level.
- To build upon a revision methodology of construction professional profiles and qualifications.
- To carry out an outreach campaign for the Construction industry to promote its attractiveness among youngsters and women, identifying and promoting solutions to facilitate mobility of construction workers in Europe.
- To create a new virtual tool (SSA Portal) where all project outputs will be available for stakeholders, as well as a Sector Skills Alliance platform for collaborative work.
LIT are delighted to be involved in this 4-year project which started in January 2019, and will work alongside other EU funded projects and initiatives to ensure a quality sustainable sectorial strategy and Blueprint implementation