“Pact for Skills” in the spotlight of the EU agenda
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.
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.
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
29 September – “Rebuilding Ukraine with the private sector: International Investment Fair”
If you are interested in joining this Fair you can register at this link https://bit.ly/3QIfkyB
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.