From the 26th and 28th June, 2023, the kick-off meeting of the project “Academy for Transitional Skills in the Built Environment” (BuildSkills Academy), financed under the Erasmus+ Programme, Centres of Vocational Excellence call, co-financed by the European Union took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. The project officially started on the 1st of June, 2023 with a total budget of 3,938,490 euros. The three-day event was hosted by the Coordinator of the project – Cleantech Bulgaria Ltd. – an innovation support network organization based in Sofia working actively on twin transition and skills development.
The consortium brings together 17 partners from 10 European countries, who will work together to achieve the main goal of the project – creating a pan-European framework and scheme for certification and upgrading of knowledge and skills for the so-called “twin” transition (green and digital) with a focus on the construction sector.
The results achieved by the project will be transferred to 12 pilot projects in 6 countries, involving 300 trainees and reaching 100 vocational training providers, 1 000 companies, and 20 organizations at the European level in the field of construction skills thus achieving at least 100 collaborations between VET and industry.
Dr. Georgina Spyres, Proposals Coordinator and Researcher, had the pleasure of participating to represent Prof Koundouri’s team (Athens University of Economics and Business, AUEB) and presented the exciting work that lies ahead for WP2, Design and verification of the BuildEnrichedSkills methodology.