The decarbonisation of the EU27 is expected
to result in the loss of ~76k workers’ jobs in coal mines & plants until
2025 (154k until 2030). Partnership countries (GR, DE, AT, RO, BG, PL) will be
particularly affected, currently representing 81% of the total EU coal
workforce (190k). At the same time, a surge of jobs in the Renewable Energy
Sources (RES) sector is already happening and expected to continue and perhaps grow.
Due to similar skillset, coal workers are ideally fitted for covering unfilled
positions in the RES sector. The skills of coal workers (e.g. durability in
hazardous environments, employment of manual & sophisticated technologies)
are sought after in the solar photovoltaic (PV) & wind industries, being
particularly transferable to the occupations of solar PV installer/technician & wind-farm/wind turbine technician. Thus, coal
workers can avoid the lengthy training (~2 years) currently on offer by
existing VET courses, requiring only a short course or on-the-job training.
VET education & the labour market are
expected to be challenged by the spike of coal workers seeking reemployment in
the near future and the surge in unfiled positions in RES. Reskilling initiatives for the transition of coal workers to the RES sector are
currently extremely limited, with only 1 EU country offering relevant C-VET
courses (DE; ~2,5 years degree). Job demand in the EU27 RES sector is growing
by 304k new jobs/year until 2030 – 60% expected in wind & 24% in solar PV.
In particular, the supply of new RES sector jobs in partnership countries
could absorb up to 90% of current coal-related jobs. For example, DE, PL &
GR are leading on offshore wind potential; certain DE coal regions have the
highest potentially induced employment for wind energy (~16k new jobs) &
rooftop-mounted solar PV systems (~3k).
aims to strengthen VET provision in the energy sector aimed at coal workers for
compatible RES sector jobs, to increase their reemployment opportunities &
cover at the same
time RES sector’s skills demand. The project’s specific objectives are to:
What is the most fitting (skills-wise) occupational profile for you in the RES industry?
On the 1st of April 2022, the 4th
project partner meeting took place at the facilities of LTT in Romania. This
time in hybrid form with the partners from Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, and
Austria taking part. The partners from Greece and Poland participated online.
On 28 and 29 October 2021, the 3th project partner meeting took
place at the BFI Burgenland in Oberwart. This time in hybrid form with the
partners from Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, and Austria taking part. The partners
from Greece and Poland participated online.
RES-SKILL's 2nd Project Meeting took place virtually, on the 17th of March, celebrating its first six months.The discussion was focused on the next steps and how to ensure reskilling in this new coal-free era of Europe, with focus on the RES industry.
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A big thank you to all the participants & stay tuned for the complete data
the 16-19th of November, RES-SKILL Partners had the opportunity to participate
in the Just Transition Platform Virtual Week, gathering useful information on
the European policies and next steps towards the climate-neutral economy.
Hopefully, that information will prove helpful on implementing the actions and
outputs of our Project, in the best possible way!
Stara Zagora is working on a project for
retraining of workers from the mines.
Our colleague Sofia Savova, on behalf of
SZREDA, was interviewed by Anna Turlakova for the ARID radio of Stara Zagora (interview
in Bulgarian), on the 13th of October 2020.
Stara Zagora talks about the
decarbonisation and the RES-SKILL Project.
Our colleague Sofia Savova, on behalf of
SZREDA, was a guest of the "In the morning with us" TV show of Zagora
TV on the 15th of October 2020 (interview in Bulgarian).
The kick-off meeting, held on 12-13 October
2020, marked the official launch of the RES-SKILL project. The kick-off
meeting, although initially planned to be held in Athens Greece at the premises
of the Project Coordinator (PROMEA), was delivered virtually due to the
expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic. All project partners got together to discuss
project goals as well as internal procedures for effective collaboration,
communication and quality control mechanism, and elaborate on an operational
plan for the upcoming work under the 1st semester.
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