Construction Blueprint starts the design of the European Construction Skills Observatory, to be launched in 2022

Moreover, the 24 partners from 12 countries, led by Fundación Laboral, have also launched in English, the online courses platform on energy efficiency, digitalisation and circular economy, which will be available in all languages between December and January.

Madrid, 19th November 2021.- The Construction Blueprint project is entering its last phase, that will last until the end of next year. In this last stage the design of the European Construction Skills Observatory will be implemented, as well as the training curriculum for each of the three areas addressed by this European initiative -energy efficiency, digitalisation and circular economy-, which will be up and running by 2022.

In addition, the 24 partners from 12 countries, led by Fundación Laboral, have launched in English, the online courses platform in energy efficiency, digitalisation and circular economy, which will be available in all the languages of the consortium (Spanish, German, Slovenian, Finnish, French, Italian, Lithuanian, Greek, Polish and Portuguese), between next December and January.

Consultation of almost 1,800 companies as a starting point

As a basis for starting the design of the Observatory, the Construction Blueprint partners conducted a survey responded by almost 1,800 companies in the partnership countries, the results of which will be published next month on the project website. A second edition of the survey will be launched in 2022, in order to collect the opinions of more companies and to analyse possible changes compared to the first results.

The data visualisation of this sectoral tool will be ready by April 2022, and the European Construction Skills Observatory will be launched in June.

Strategic Alliances

Within the European Commission’s (EC) strategic line to address skills gaps across sectors through the Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances, the European Construction Blueprint project provides a framework to implement the European Union (EU) recommendation: “Establish partnerships at national and regional level to respond to the current and emerging needs of the construction sector”.

The objective is to define the strategy of professional competences and qualifications in the EU framework, and currently, the consortium is moving forward in the implementation of a new training framework for the construction industry in the EU, adapted to the competences that mark the international challenges: energy efficiency, digitalisation and circular economy.

In this last period, the partners will continue to strengthen alliances with other European initiatives and with other Blueprint projects, and different awareness campaigns will be carried out to promote the ‘attractiveness’ of the construction industry and actions to attract young people and to encourage the incorporation of women in the sector.

Milestones achieved

With more than 60 professionals, who are part of the consortium, and more than a hundred experts who make up the National Advisory Groups (NAGs), the project has obtained, to date, the following results, constantly adapting, in the work processes and in the initial approach of the project itself, to the developments imposed by the international pandemic:

  • Pestle Analysis: Report on the political, economic, social, technological, legislative and environmental factors affecting the construction industry which, in turn, may be affecting skills shortages, gaps and mismatches.
  • Status quo report on sectoral skills: A study on the current state of the sector in the project countries, providing an overview of sectoral skills and the construction industry. Later on, it will be completed with the difference between current and future skills and the estimation of the number of people who should be trained in the sector.
  • Roadmap and Action Plan: Roadmap with the strategies, measures, activities, recommendations and Action Plan that is proposed to be applied to adapt the demand of competences and the current offer. This will form the Sector Strategy and will also be a fundamental part to deploy the new Strategic Approach of the construction industry.
  • Interactive Map: Digital resource that compiles good practices and innovative initiatives that address skills gaps and mismatches. It includes 124 geo-referenced cases on energy efficiency, digitalisation, circular economy and Health and Safety, which have been identified by the partners from the countries participating in the consortium and their respective regions.
  • Web: Creation of a complex and complete website about the project, translated into eleven languages, where all the information, results and progress of the project can be accessed.
Construction Blueprint

Construction Blueprint is a European project, belonging to the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, for the implementation of a new strategic approach to sectoral cooperation in the field of skills. It is driven by a consortium of 24 partners from 12 countries, led by the Fundación Laboral de la Construcción (Spain).

Fundación Laboral de la Construcción is the organization that coordinates the 24 institutions participating in the project, from Spain, Germany, Belgium, Slovenia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Portugal. The project is evaluated and supervised directly by Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) the of the European Commission (EC).