GSS-VET: Geothermal and Solar Skills

The EU’s strategy for sustainable growth, Europe 2020, puts innovation and green growth at the heart of its blueprint for competitiveness. Indeed, it has set clear objectives in terms of energy sustainability, the 20-20-20 targets1. Moreover, according to the EU Directive 2010/31/EU on the Energy Performance Buildings, all new buildings by the year 2020 will have to be nearly zero energy buildings2. This leads to a whole new demand for environmental skills in the construction sector.

Following the involvement of ECTE in the funded project GSSkills, from the “Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion” programme, in which the skills gap for electricians and plumbers for geothermal and solar installations was clearly demonstrated and the needed skills were defined, ECTE has developed a Sector Skills Alliance (Lot 2), in order to capitalise on these previous findings in terms of skills needs and create a European offer of adapted and innovative continuous training.


1/12/2016 – 31/11/2019

  • Technological Educational Institute Of Crete (Greece)
  • ECTE – European Center in Training for Employment (Greece)
  • Chania Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Greece)
  • Hellenic Association Of Photovoltaic Companies (Helapco) (Greece)
  • Tuv Austria Hellas (Greece)
  • European Labour Institute (Bulgaria)
  • Chamber of Installation specialists in Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
  • Sofia Energy Centre Ltd (Bulgaria)
  • Technical University Of Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • ALECOP S.Coop. (Spain)
  • Instagi-asociacion Empresarial De Instaladores Y Mantenedores (Spain)
  • Hochschule Bochum (Germany)
  • Bundesverband Geothermie e.V. (Germany)

Erasmus+, Sector Skills Alliances, 575891-EPP-1-2016-1-EL-EPPKA2-SSA

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  • Vocational Training institutes providing training in geothermal and Solar energy installation field
  • Plumbers and electricians. Plumbers, thermo hydraulic installers, electrical installers
  • Specialised Trainers of vocational courses in Geothermal and Solar sector
  • Companies engaged in geothermal and solar sector

Our role in the project

  • Management of the project
  • Define the final curricula for the two selected trades
  • Participate in the creation of the training contents and their implementations
  • Financial Management


  • List of core green skills required for plumbers and electricians in Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, and Spain
  • E-learning VET platform and corresponding digitalised contents
  • Handbooks for companies, trainees and stakeholders
  • Qualification standards

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