Renewable Energy Projects

Building & Sustaining Low Carbon Economies

Embrace has run this type of project in the past and we have sent people involved with UK colleges (managers, sustainability officers, trainers). This has led to 3 UK colleges investing in actual training centres for renewables: College of North West London, Lambeth College, Acton, Ealing and West London College. Furthermore, it has led to networks of renewable energy professionals who have developed joint trainings (leading to City & Guilds 2399, International version of Solarteur/ Renewable Energy Specialist). It has also led people from BIS (Department for Business, Innovation, Skills) to affect current policy. In addition, people who went (from private sector) met installers, manufacturers etc and established business connections leading to investments here in the UK in Solar PV (farms/ large roof-top installs).

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Fit 4 future with green skills

We will be transferring this eco-training (see attached overview) from our Austrian partner (CPC Austria GmbH), whilst also assisting with the adaptation of the resources to suit the needs of the UK. As an example we call CPC’s developed trainings in form of an environmental management system in into more than 5000 companies worldwide. With this experience 2010 CPC developed a special training model to address these needs to develop 'green skills' with the name “Environmental manager according to ECOPROFIT”.

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Renewable Energy Specialists

The UK’s National Agency ECOTEC has awarded Embrace with one of the European Commission’s flagship Transfer of Innovation projects. The project has been developed over the years to address the need for qualified and well-trained people working in the renewable energy sector. The project will be a platform to share the regional/ national differences in vocational education and training (VET) within the renewable energy sector. This 2-year project started in October 2009 and we will work with UK crafts colleges, industry partners and organisations already delivering training in renewable energy across Europe.

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RENEWVET

While investments are increasing significantly on Renewable Energy, after definition the target of 20% share of renewable energies in the EU's energy mix by 2020, the sector is suffering from "Skill Gaps" in all over Europe. Moreover, there is no adequate provision of standardised vocational training addressing technicians and skilled workers in considerable number of European countries. This is indicating the fact that actors of vocational education must cooperate intensively to increase the quality of vocational education in that field. In order to meet mentioned needs, this partnership will be a platform to establish European Cooperation in vocational education of Renewable Energy Sector in partner countries with the participation of educational institutions, universities, and enterprises. Via project activities, partners will be able to experience context of renewable energy sector and provided vocational education in partner countries. Besides, conducting field and literature researches, all the partners will make contributions to Country and Benchmark Reports which are the main outputs of the project. Final Conference will also be good opportunity to disseminate knowledge and experiences acquired during the project.

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Renewable Energy Specialists (RES) II Project

Embrace was the lead partner of its RES I project from 2009 – 2011 which led to the transfer of a renewable energy training scheme from Austria/ Germany. Embrace is now transferring the above courses, focusing on Solar PV & Solar Thermal to Turkey (EGE University and partners). We will adapt the training materials to suit current needs (to feature latest developments in the field) and will then pilot the courses together with the Austrian Institute of Technology with Pilot Groups in Turkey. Embrace wills end trainers to train Turkish vocational professionals (local trainers at colleges/ universities).

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Transfer of innovative VET system in Wind Energy Technologies

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

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