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).
RES-SKILL 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:
On 20th and 21st of October 2022, the last project meeting took place at the facilities of SZ Reda in Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. The discussion was mainly focused on the progress of deliverables and on the last tasks before the end of the project. The majority of the partner had the chance to see each other face to face except of the partners from Romania and Poland who participated online.
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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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).Listen to her interview here. Watch the interview here (min 32).
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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