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On 13th and 14th February 2020 the final conference of GSS-VET project was held in Athens, with the participation of interested stakeholders, as the project comes to its final stage.

Having identified the required qualifications of geothermal, solar photovoltaic and solar energy system installers, the GSS-VET project aimed to create an innovative training including work-based learning, ubiquitous learning and flipped classroom for professionals (EQF level 4-5). The training content focused on technical skills but also on transversal ones, including interdisciplinary skills and ability to work effectively with people from other disciplines.

For the achievement of the above, an e-Learning Platform was designed with corresponding digitalized learning 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, regional authorities and other associated partners, 2,500 workers will be trained by 2025.

During the Conference’s first day, an intensive programme had been scheduled which included 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 VET project, has analyzed the situation and trends of the PV market.

The agenda included presentations of the training material for these three professions, the e-platform and the Certification Schemes, one per profession. The first day concluded with a discussion on how training will continue after the end of the project. Following the project’s completion, the e-platform will be open to professionals wanting to follow the courses online and be certified according to the project’s requirements.

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 Organizations and journalists.

More information about the project, as well as the presentations on Renewable Energy Sources (RES) markets status and outlook please visit the site: http://gss-vet.eu/