SZEMESZ – Alliance for the European Vocational Training in Renewable Energy Technology

Programm: Erasmus+

Projektnummer: 2015-1-HU01-KA202-013561

Projektdauer: 01.10.2015 - 31.12.2017

Projektpartner: Völgy Hangja Fejlesztési Társaság Közhasznú Egyesület (HU), Dvojezična srednja šola Lendava (SI), BFI Burgenland (AT), Tab Város Önkormányzata, Rudnay Gyula Középiskola és Kollégium (HU)

The project was aimed at further developing the innovative VET curricula in renewable energetics created by the SEE-REUSE project (LEONARDO Innovation Transfer), as well as to extend and strenghten the partnership established in the same project.

The partnership (consortium) is led by Vox Vallis Development Association, an organisation with environmental, rural development, and adult training profile. It was also the lead partner of SEE-REUSE project. Members are the Austrian Berufsförderungsinstitute (BFI), the regional VET centre of Burgenland, the Slovenian Dvojezična srednja šola Lendava offering technical and mechatronics vocational education, and the municipality of Tab. Tab is acting on behalf of its vocational school Rudnay Gyula Szakközépiskola, also providing technical and mechatronics training, as the school has no financial autonomy to participate financially, because of the national integration process of VET schools.

Target group consisted of related VET sector representatives, manufacturers and entrepreneurs of renewable energy sector.

SEE-REUSE project created curricula and training materials of a one year technician training in renewable energy technologies as an additional training of basic technical and agrotechnical vocational training accredited in the national training list (OKJ). The work was based on the adaptation of BFI training materials, but developed it further in the biomass based technologies (burning, biogas), regarding the outstanding biomass potential of Hungary in Europe. The success of this newly created VET product is highly depending on the quality of its practical training elements. To ensure a quality practical training in the diverse and quickly developing renewable energy technology is much more difficult than other sectors, and, because it is a relatively new sector, it has only a few capacities offering practical training opportunities.

Therefore the partners decided to elaborate a detailed methodology for practical training in renewable energy technologies, and present it as a methodology manual (intellectual output No.1.) for assisting the planning and implementation of such trainings.

The efficiency of practical training periods can not be measured easily. A former LEONARDO cooperation (SKILLDA) elaborated an efficient evaluation methodology for a few other professions. Therefore we adapted that to the practical training in renewable energy (intellectual output No.5.), and exceeded our original aims by elaborating that in details for solar energy technology and also planning and implementing a mobile experimental equipment assisting practical training and evaluation. The equipment is a miniature, operating model of a household solar absorber system.

The efficiency of practical training can be raised by applying blended learning, therefore the partners  developed a related e-learning material (intellectual output No.3.) to assist the pupils in preparing for and to follow the progress of the practical training. This e-learning material integrates the elements of the evaluation methodology as well. Short blended mobility programs of VET learners were implemented in the course of the project in order to provide a basis for the iterative process of testing and developing the methodologies and the e-learning material.

The equipment of the practical training workshops could not fulfil the needs of the renewable energy technologies.  The partners elaborated a detailed layout and equipment design of a workshop for the practical training of renewable energy technologies (intellectual output No.4.).

In the training materials there is no economic calculation methods to compare renewable energy technologies, although the market demanded so. To answer this need the partners elaborated a supportive training material to assist such economic calculations (intellectual output No. 2.). However in the course of the work we conluded that the calculation of heat loss of buildings is the precondition for the comparison, therefore, exceeding our original aims, we prepared such a software as well.

To enhance the efficiency of international VET cooperation and related developments the project  created a glossary in four languages (Hungarian - German – Slovenian - English) of renewable energy technology (intellectual output No.6.).

The partners, supplemented by the Szakképzési Centrum and TÖOSZ signed a cooperation agreemant on enhancing the vocational training in renewable energy technologies and on further cooperation, defining the areas of cooperation in a cooperation concept (intellectual output No.7.)

This way the project created a state of the art form of blended learning vocational education in renewable energy technologies and established an European partnership to maintain and develop this innovative VET product, which contributes to the achievement of the EU 2020 goals related to climate change and sustainability of natural resources.

All documents and intellectual outputs that have been produced within the programme are available on the project website: http://seereuse2015.pe.hu/.