BuildUpSkills Netherlands exists for over more than a decade. On this page we present our history in brief, from the national focus at the start of the BuildUpSkills programmes to the multi-project programme in collaboration with our appreciated partners from all over Europe.
BuildUpSkillsNL (BUS-NL) was initiated in 2011 by a consortium of SBRCURnet, ISSO, Wij Techniek, MBO-Services, Hibin, Kenteq and Fundeon. The participants changed over time; at the end of 2018 members are Wij Techniek, ISSO, Bouwradius, ROC van Twente, Koning Willem I college, ROC Midden Nederland and ROC Nijmegen. The consortium applied successfully for a series of European IEE and Horizon 2020 project grants. These enabled BUS-NL to contribute to the energy transition with a particular focus on new skills required by blue collar workers.
At the end of the first decade of BUS-NL, ISSO has taken over the coordinating and initiating role of the BUS-NL platform. ISSO is also responsible for the BuildUpSkills Advisor app [Dutch].
Mission of BuildUpSkills Netherlands
The mission of BUS-NL is to make sure that Dutch (future) workers in the construction and installation sectors would be ready for a future with (near)zero energy buildings in a sustainable built environment.
As shown on the projects page [Dutch], the following projects are in progress:
- BUSLeague, about the request for and supply of recognizedcraftmanship
- BUSGoCircular, about the skills for the upcoming theme of circularity
- SEETheSkills, about visivility, validation and value of skills
- ARISE, about digital and other skills needed for a sustainable build environment
Energy Transition Game
After the projects of the first deacade, the partners have worked on a lot of other projects related to (near)zero energy buildings. One of these project is TripleA-Reno. This project was shortlisted for the European Sustainable Week ’21 citizens award.
As part of this project the succesfull Energy Transition Game was developed. The description of this game is on the Energy Transition Game-page. Because the energy transition is an ongoing development, you are kindly invited to contributeContributing to the game to the further development or the energy transition game.
Projects from the first decade
The results from the projects are bundled for each project.
Deliverables DuBUS 2011-2013:
- Report ‘Analysis of the national status quo’
- Overview of addressed occupations
- Final Roadmap Report
- Visualisation of the Roadmap
Deliverables BUS_N@W 2013-2015:
- Factsheet Platform BuildUpSkillsNL
- Registration platform QBISnl, quality register of the construction and installation sector (now integrated in Centraal Register Techniek)
- Qualification for post-initial education
- Final report
During implementation of BUS_N@W, we encountered barriers that were not properly addressed in the roadmap. The consortium saw this as an opportunity to work on another proposal to overcome these barriers. Therefore we designed the H2020 project BUStoB and proposed it to the EU, who accepted it. BUStoB (2015-2018) aims to establish and upgrade large-scale qualification and training schemes in the Netherlands for craftsmen and other on-site workers.
- Main objective of the BUStoB project has been the development and piloting of missing training materials on EQF-levels 2 – 4 based on the future-proof qualification schemes developed in BUS_N@W. This makes it possible to offer workers in the building and installation sector foundation courses on sustainable technologies and additional skills.
- Second objective was to construct short skills assessments that help to prevent building mistakes made by workers who are ‘unconsciously incompetent’, as well as the detection of skills gaps and the supply of industry relevant upskilling advice to craftsmen and building workers.
- Third objective was to organise regional pilots in which we focused on implementation and evaluation of the developed materials and regional capacity building. Regional training partnerships were supported with train-the-trainer sessions, regional labour market intelligence and implementation of the training developed.
Development of training modules
Main objective of the BUStoB project has been the development and piloting of missing training materials on EQF-levels 2 – 4 based on the future-proof qualification schemes developed in BUS_N@W. This makes it possible to offer workers in the building and installation sector foundation courses on sustainable technologies and additional skills.
As result of the precursory projects the starting point of Build Up Skills to Business (BUStoB) was the qualification plus’ structure which had been developed in the BUS_N@W project. The partnership took up the challenge to close the skills gap between the current craftsman and the 2020-ready craftsman. Each craftsman should acquire an occupation specific skillset of relevant basis technical and soft skills. They need at least a basic knowledge of sustainable building practices to understand the consequences of their work for the sustainability of the building. Furthermore the basic skillset is needed to guarantee the quality and energy performance of the building, for efficient interdisciplinary communication and to enable the craftsmen to continue with adequate specialist training.
Figure 1: Overview of the to be developed modules at the start of BUStoB
During the BUStoB project several new technologies became mature enough to be addressed, some technologies where combined and the clusters have been optimized. Therefore an update of the overview of topics addressed has been made.
Dissemination of the developed modules
The developed modules are available on the catalogue of the BUILD UP Skills aNewSpring environment, the BUILD UP Skills advisor-app and as word-documents for developers of regular education.
Development of short skills assessments
Second objective was to construct short skills assessments that help to prevent building mistakes made by workers who are ‘unconsciously incompetent’, as well as the detection of skills gaps and the supply of industry relevant upskilling advice to craftsmen and building workers.
The BUStoB project developed two different forms of e-assessment. In the developed e-learning modules assessments have been added to test yourself. The BUILD UP Skills advisor-app was extended with an interaction to test out the insight of workers concerning typical situations and building errors.
To check if workers are quality aware the BUS-NL consortium designed a learning from building errors interaction to test out the insight of workers concerning typical situations and building errors. This interaction has been integrated in the BUILD UP Skills advisor-app.
Example of a question and a right and a wrong answered question including feedback
Third objective was to organise regional pilots in which we focused on implementation and evaluation of the developed materials and regional capacity building. Regional training partnerships were supported with train-the-trainer sessions, regional labour market intelligence and implementation of the training developed.
The BUStoB project developed regional partnerships with regional training centers and educators. In order to achieve this the consortium lined up with existing and/or new regional partnerships in which local training centres, education providers and businesses are working together on the upskilling of craftsmen working in the built environment. BUStoB supported these regional training partnerships with train-the-trainer sessions, regional labor market intelligence and implementing the developed trainings and assessments in practice in regional building and/or renovation projects.
The regional upskilling projects have been monitored with the tools developed in the previous project BUS_N@W, in order to assess the impact of upskilling actions. The monitoring results have been used to establish the positive effect of upskilling and our performance indicators.
Research on the participation of women in technical branches
To encourage the participation of craftsmen and especially to attract women to the construction and installation sector in BUStoB we have made an inventory of projects focusing on gender diversity in both sectors. Also some desk research was done on existing research concerning the participation of women in the building and installation labor market. In cooperation with VHTO, the Dutch expert organization on women in technical jobs, we have analyzed the results, facts and figures. The result was a description of a set of opportunities concerning gender diversity in the building and installation sectors.
For more information you can contact the project secretary:
Jan Cromwijk, email@example.com