The Hellenic Society for the Promotion of Research and Development Methodologies (PROMEA), based in Athens, Greece, is a non-profit association. It was founded
in 2006 by researchers, university and education staff, engineers, entrepreneurs, public and private sector employees sharing a common vision of open content, community-driven
solutions, and equal opportunities on access to knowledge. PROMEA’s goal is to contribute in addressing societal challenges related to workforce re-training and upskilling, resource
efficiency, circular economy, quality improvement in education, inclusiveness, and equal opportunities.
Since its founding, PROMEA systematically develops and manages successful EU-funded research projects and provides services spanning across the project design and implementation lifecycle, bringing substantial added value. Peering with numerous top-notch Further and Higher Education organisations across the EU, PROMEA has been offering continuous vocational training and lifelong learning opportunities to diverse occupational and social groups, with a particular focus on the low-skilled, based on innovative pedagogical methodologies. Its scope of activities includes the following areas:
- Development of know-how and methodologies for managing research and development projects.
- Scientific and educational research.
- Provision of services in order to improve research capacities in the public and private sector.
- Implementation and management of research and training activities.
- Advancement of teaching and learning methodologies by innovative learning-by-doing approaches.
- International collaboration and exchange of experience through projects, studies in the field of research and education.
- Scientific communications, issuing of press releases and other materials.
By providing external services to public organisations regarding decarbonisation opportunities (as also evidenced in the context of the Interreg Europe project DeCarb), PROMEA has experience in a) analysing decarbonisation needs in EU regions, in terms of employment, reskilling opportunities, and land restoration in post-decarbonisation scenarios, and b) identifying and selecting good practices, addressed to policy-makers, regarding decarbonisation pathways for the adoption of clean energy technologies.
In addition, PROMEA has established strong ties with the Regional Association of Local Governments of Western Macedonia (PEDDM, Greece), a legal institution representing 12 municipalities in the Western Macedonia region (EL53) – a ‘Coal region in Transition’, per European Commission’s ‘Just Transition Mechanism’. Western Macedonia is the most carbon-intensive Greek region and the one where most Greek coal workers are employed at the moment (approx. 7500 low-skilled workers directly employed in coal power plants and
mines). PEDDM is an associated partner in RES-SKILL, having provided a Letter of Support, and it is expected that PROMEA will work closely with PEDDM to reach out to coal workers and disseminate the RES-SKILL project results.
The vocational training institute BFI Burgenland (BFI) is a non-profit educational institute and association that belongs to the largest private educational institution in Austria, the umbrella organization BFI Austria. The Chambers of Labour and the Austrian Trade Union Confederation are supporting organisations. As a professional
educational institution, BFI Burgenland aims to support people in their personal and professional development through high-quality and cost-effective educational programs, with the
learner’s needs at the centre. The educational offer is aimed at individuals, businesses and public sector clients with a view to taking into account regional conditions and
accompanying and promoting people of all ages on their individual educational path.
BFI Burgenland offers comprehensive education and training: company and labour market training, apprenticeship training, academic qualifications as well as internationally recognized certificates are part of the wide range of services offered. The focus is on the acquisition of competences in order to be able to apply the knowledge in practice and to expand professional perspectives. BFI strengths are:
- Innovative, adult-friendly teaching methods by highly qualified, committed teachers from the academia and industry
- Holistic and personal learning in a stimulating learning environment
- Modular education and training with the use of the latest technologies
- Continuous knowledge exchange with partner companies and experts in the field of education
- Application of quality management systems and international know-how transfer for further development
BFI Burgenland runs over 1.200 courses a year, comprising 140.000 teaching hours, and qualifies over 15.000 learners each year. Courses focus on the needs of both employed and unemployed individuals, promoting the personal and occupational development of the learners by providing high-quality education and training. The courses are geared to the actual demands of the labour market and also provide (re)orientation in a world of change. The high level of our courses is maintained by means of an internal quality management system, regularly updated through further training for BFI employees and an international know-how transfer. Most of education and training courses are based on modular systems, facilitating tailor-made and thus highly efficient forms of learning (BFI is officially certified to the EN ISO 9001: 2008 international standard).
BFI Burgenland is involved in the development and implementation of numerous national and transnational projects either as leader or partner. The continuous exchange with the project partners from business, science, research and education enables a permanent reflection process for further development. Critical tasks are used as opportunities to strengthen the educational awareness in a forward-looking manner and to promote quality standards in education and training. Projects serve an important educational and learning process, which promotes the advance of services in daily educational work. Across the borders of Burgenland, the educational mission is taken seriously in a constantly changing globalized world and projects are developed for the future.
The Liceul Tehnologic Ţicleni (LTT) was established in 1973 due to the increasing need of neighbouring coal and oil industries for qualified and trained personnel,
with the biggest energy companies based on coal and oil (Complexul Energetic Oltenia and PETROM OMV S.A respectively) absorbing most of the graduates. The main goal of LTT is
to ensure, in the context of European VET requirements, the provision of both specialised/technical and soft-skills training in the area of Ticleni, as well as in the general region of Gorj
County, which has been developed around the exploitation of extractive industries (coal, oil, natural gas). LTT strives to connect its training provision to the demands of the energy
labour market, offering a European-level education that will provide a highly qualified workforce, competent in the labour market, and with the necessary skills for social integration.
LTT has continuously developed educational and social partnerships for the smooth transition of graduates to their (new) occupations and has built partnerships with the HR departments of local, regional, and national companies to consolidate such efforts. LTT has five general learning pathways (specialised/technical, communication, ICT, management, modern languages), and currently provides training in ISCED level 3, 4, and 5.
LTT has 33 teachers, modern facilities equipped with ICT tools, five specialised laboratories (physics, chemistry, electro-technical, mechanical, drilling), and educates annually 407 students (C-VET), most of whom come from a low-skilled background in the extractive industries. LTT, focusing on the improvement of the key and professional competences in learners, as well as the promotion of competences for the knowledge society in students, has established long-lasting collaborations and partnerships at an EU level. Since 2007, LTT has established a series of exchange of experience partnerships with schools in Serbia and North Macedonia; since 2010 and until now, a variety of educational activities have been carried out that have contributed to the strengthening of the European dimension of the school in the framework of the following EC programmes: Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, POSDRU, EVS, Spring Day, E-twinning.
The Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), based in Berlin, Germany, is one of the leading international providers of education and training in the fields of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE). Since it was founded in January 2008, over 14,000 participants from over 140 countries worldwide have benefited from their expertise in the
technology, financing, management and market development of renewable energy and energy efficiency. RENAC is a medium sized enterprise with approximately 50 employees,
involved in many high-profile EU projects (e.g. EurObserv’ER 2016-2020, SUSTAINGAS).
RENAC offers workshops and courses that cover the whole value chain of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures, providing tailored, market-oriented training solutions for their clients. Training includes topics and skills needed for financing, managing, engineering, assessing, implementing, designing and maintaining renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures. In addition, RENAC provides instruction on topics that are decisive for the market growth and for the broader use of renewable energies and energy efficiency measures, such as financing, legal aspects, and contracts. Its field of expertise in the renewable energy sector includes:
- Hybrid Systems
- Solar thermal
- Small Hydro Power
- Grid integration
- Combined Heat and Power Generation (CHP)
The analysis of training needs is a standard element of RENAC work, providing for a wide variety of training techniques and methodologies. In the main trainings tracks (academic training, vocational training and further training for professionals), RENAC is specialised in and has experience with:
- Selection of training contents and methods according to prior knowledge and needs, and selection of the most suitable trainers
- Development of comprehensive materials with the highest quality standards, recommendations and curricula development
- Design and implementation of online and face-to-face trainings in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian
- Capacity building services to enable training institutions worldwide to offer independent RE and EE trainings
- Strong emphasis on practice-relevant content and practical trainings
- Methodological and pedagogical expertise leading to effective and efficient trainings
- Expertise with blended learning concept (online-trainings, face-to-face trainings, group work, case studies, B2B exchange, etc.)
- Design, set-up, maintenance and operation of an L/KMS (Learning/Knowledge Management System) for online-trainings
- Quality assurance of training institutions and training programs
- Developing sustainable approaches with capacity needs assessment, practice-oriented trainings and evaluation of trainings
- Targeting all stakeholders along the value chains for RES and EE: policy making level, project developer, local administration, engineering, finance sector, construction companies, operators and grid integration
- Combination of technical and non-technical topics relevant for the market development of RES and EE
- Access to a broad network of energy experts internationally
The Institute for Research on Minerals and Energy Economy (MEERI) is a research institution with the aim to provide modern, economically viable,
environmentally friendly and socially attractive scientific solutions for the sustainable development and education of Poland, its regions, and the EU in the field of raw materials and
renewable energy. The scientific profile of the Institute includes the broadly understood issues of mineral and clean energy management. Research and development activities include
different aspects of strategic development and assessment of the domestic mineral and energy management, taking into account the newest technological developments and market,
as well as environmental, social and legal conditions. The research carried out at the Institute covers the following scientific areas in particular: mining (incl. coal), geology and geoengineering,
power engineering, renewable and geothermal energy, environmental engineering, geophysics and applied geophysics. In addition, MEERI has extensive expertise on
issues related to economics, law, chemical technology, process engineering, materials engineering and cartography. MEERI is also an associate partner of the European Institute of
Innovation & Technology (EIT RawMaterials).
MEERI has over 30 years of experience in interdisciplinary research and teaching, with 100 employees and over 50 scientists, offering tailor-made educational solutions to the mining and energy sector, such as:
-Masters Course in circular economy for materials processing – collaborating, training and supporting EU countries to transfer knowledge and develop capacity (MC-CEMP)
-Competitive Sustainable Business from Metal Recycling (BizMet)
-Rational Use of Raw Materials and Circular Economy (International Academic Partnership Programme, National Agency for Academic Exchange)
-Circular economy and Life Cycle Assessment (training for enterprises)
- Doctoral Degree in Mining and Engineering Geology