About BUILD UP Skills

From strategy to action

BUILD UP Skills is a new strategic initiative under the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme (Calls for proposals 2011-2013) to boost continuing or further education and training of craftsmen and other on-site construction workers and systems installers in the building sector. The final aim is to increase the number of qualified workers across Europe to deliver renovations offering a high energy performance as well as new, nearly zero-energy buildings. The initiative addresses skills in relation to energy efficiency and renewables in all types of buildings.

BUILD UP Skills has two phases:

  • First, the objective is to set up national qualification platforms and roadmaps to successfully train the building workforce in order to meet the targets for 2020 and beyond (Pillar I). Pillar I are national projects.
  • Based on these roadmaps, the second step is to facilitate the introduction of new and/or the upgrading of existing qualification and training schemes (Pillar II).
  • Throughout the whole duration of the initiative, regular exchange activities are organised at EU level to underline the European dimension of this important initiative and to foster the learning among countries.

    To date 30 EU countries work towards national roadmaps for qualifying their building workforce for the 2020 challenges. In 20 countries the status quo analysis has been finished and results are now available.

    The BUILD UP Skills Initiative will contribute to the objectives of two flagship initiatives of the Commission’s ‘Europe 2020’ strategy — ‘Resource-efficient Europe’ and ‘An Agenda for new skills and jobs’. It is part of the Commission's Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2011. It will also enhance interactions with the existing structures and funding instruments like the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Lifelong Learning Programme and will be based on the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and its learning outcome approach.

    Phase I, to set up national platforms and develop national roadmaps, started in November 2011 and goes on until end of 2013.

    Outlook on Phase II: qualification and training schemes

    The Intelligent Energy Europe programme is looking to support best proposals for large-scale and long lasting qualification schemes. The proposed measures and activities must be an identified priority of the national roadmap or of an equivalent strategy document. The geographical scope can be national or multi-national.

    The first IEE Call for proposals closed on 30 April 2013: selected projects have started in 2013. Information on criteria, application forms and guidelines, was placed on the IEE website since autumn 2012:



    Schemes which are mandatory under the EPBD/RES Directive or specific national legislation will not be eligible for financial support. Support could, however, be provided for promotional activities related to mandatory schemes. The courses as such will not be eligible for funding under this Initiative but could be eligible under other EU funding programmes.