“Pact for Skills” in the spotlight of the EU agenda

 

On 21 September, the European Commission organised a networking event for interested stakeholders and for recent Pact for Skills members to learn more about its benefits and activities. The EC raised the importance of continuous lifelong training. In addition, in her recent State of the Union speech, President Ursula von der Leyen announced that 2023 will be the Year of Skills in the EU, putting upskilling as a priority.

The Pact for Skills is a key element of the European Skills Agenda, aiming to train up to 6 million adults. By joining the Pact, stakeholders will gain access to networking, knowledge and resource hubs. The EC will also offer information and guidance on EU funding and programmes for skills development.

The Pact for Skills for the Construction sector was developed by FIEC, EBC (European Builders Confederaiton) and EFBWW (European Federation of Building and Wood Workers) and aims at upskilling and reskilling construction workers, in particular as regards green and digital skills.

 

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BIM-SPEED workshop on privacy issues

 

The partners of the EU funded project BIM-SPEED are organising a free workshop on the best digital practices for professionals in the architecture, engineering and construction sectors.

The speakers will discuss topics such privacy, GDPR, Artificial Intelligence, EPBD (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive) and other critical issues of the digitalisation of the construction industry.

The agenda and the registration form are available here

Construction Blueprint – French endorsement event

 

Our French member federation Fédération Française du Bâtiment (FFB) organised an endorsement event on 20 September in the context of the Construction Blueprint Project, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme.

The participants discussed how to respond to the demands of the circular economy, energy efficiency, carbon reduction and digitalisation and their corresponding skills needs.
Domenico Campogrande, Director General of FIEC, intervened in the event and presented the upcoming and future challenges of the Construction Blueprint project.

The FFB is one of the signatories of the Pact for skills in Construction, thereby committing to promote a culture of lifelong learning, to monitor occupational supply and demand and to attract more women and young people to the sector.
Olivier Salleron, President of FFB, added that in the light of the green and digital transitions it is of key importance to develop the adequate initiatives in order to allow companies to benefit from a qualified workforce.

 

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The Czech EU Presidency presents a new EPBD compromise text

 

On 14th September, the Czech EU Presidency presented a new draft compromise proposal for the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). It contains several changes compared to the previous text of 13th July.

For example, in order to better ensure that Member States are on track to achieve a zero-emission residential building stock by 2050, the Presidency now proposes to introduce two “fixed control points” on the national building renovation pathways set by the Member States.

This would require the Member States to ensure that the average primary energy consumption of the entire housing stock, expressed in kWh/m2 per year, is at least equivalent to the energy performance level of class D by 2033 and class B by 2040.

The Czech EU Presidency also suggests that the national trajectory should not have to be linear, in order to give more flexibility to the Member States.

In addition, while the current EU legislation does not provide a clear definition of the concept of ‘deep renovation’, the Presidency now proposes to define it as a renovation that achieves at least 60% primary energy savings.

Digitalisation of Construction SMEs – Launch of Website

The European Commission’s website dedicated to the supporting actions for the Digitalisation of Construction SMEs is now online. It acts as a one-stop-shop portal to access all the services offered to SMEs in the construction sector interested in digitalising their business and working practices.The website also contains a handbook for construction SMEs and the digital maturity scan to which FIEC had provided feedback. The handbook will be translated into other official EU languages. In addition, initial training dates and some case studies for best practices can also be found on this website.

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29 September – “Rebuilding Ukraine with the private sector: International Investment Fair”

On 29 September 2022, the international forum “REBUILDING UKRAINE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR: International Investment Fair” showcasing sectoral research and investment projects will take place. This initiative – organised by the Government Investment Promotion Office, UkraineInvest and the International Chamber of Commerce – aims at finding investment projects for the reconstruction of Ukraine and will be of interest to the international business community.The Forum’s program consists of a series of dynamic and interactive discussions with over 20 speakers, including government officials, representatives of international organisations, global and Ukrainian business and investment communities.

If you are interested in joining this Fair you can register at this link https://bit.ly/3QIfkyB

 

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WorldSkills 2022 – Special Edition
This year, 62 international skill competitions are taking place place in 15 different countries around the world, from September to November. This Special Edition is the official replacement of World Skills Shanghai 2022, cancelled in May due to the pandemic.
Several construction-related skills are in competition: bricklaying, carpentry, concrete construction work, construction metal work, digital construction, electrical installations, painting and decorating, plumbing and heating, and renewable energy.