A two days meeting (13-14/2/2020) with the
participation of interested stakeholders took place in Athens, as the GSS-VET
project comes to its final stage.
Following the identification of skills needs, the scope of the GSS-VET
project is to create an innovative training including work-based learning,
ubiquitous learning and flipped classroom for geothermal and for solar energy
system installers (EQF level 4-5). The training content is focused on technical
skills but also on transversal ones, including interdisciplinary skills and
ability to work effectively with people from other disciplines.
For the above an e-Learning Platform has been designed with corresponding
digitalized contents. In the pilot phase which is currently running, dozens of trainers
and hundreds of workers are trained, and thanks to the involvement of VET
providers, sectorial organizations (including an EU umbrella), regional
authorities and other associated partners, 2,500 workers will be trained by
During the first day of the Consortium meeting,
there was an intensive programme including presentations about the market status
and outlook as well as the training needs of the three markets covered by the
project, i.e. Solar Thermal, Geothermal, and Photovoltaics. Two senior experts
from the Greek Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), namely Dr. Charalampos Malamatenios and Dr.
Constantine Karytsas have given valuable insights for the two first markets
respectively, while HELAPCO, a partner of the GSS project, has analysed the
situation and trends of the PV market.
included presentations of the training material for all three technologies, a detailed presentation of the
project e-platform and the Certification scheme for trainees, and concluded
with a discussion on how training will continue after the end of the project.
Following the current pilot phase of training, the e-platform will be open to
anybody wanting to follow the courses online and be certified according to the
standards set by the project.
The event was attended by various
stakeholders including experts, academics from Greek Universities, people
working in renewable energy markets, and/or energy providers, as well as
representatives of environmental organisations and journalists.
More information about the project,
as well as the presentations on RES markets status and outlook can be found at: