GSSkills Project – 2nd meeting in Eibar, Spain

Within the framework of the European Project “GSSkills”, the second meeting held from 7 to 9 October 2014, in Eibar, Spain. From Greece, except the Chamber of Chania, which is the coordinating partner, participate the European Center for Employment Training (ECTE) based in Rethymno, the organization “Les Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France” based in Paris and is a member of UNESCO, and the company for economic development of Debabarrena “Debegesa, “, located in Eibar, Spain.

During the meeting, a workshop took place between transnational partners, where was presented the results of two surveys that run between May and September in the three countries on the skills you need to have technical thermal and geothermal installations. The presentation focused on both the overall results, and the results for each country separately. There was also a presentation of the current situation of each country in the field of solar thermal and geothermal installations.

Then it became split into two groups (electricians / plumbers), where technicians from the three countries discussed above derived results, whereas questions were posted, related to their subject matter, in order to extract and present findings that will help in the implementation of the next phase of the program.

The participants visited to the Institute Tknika, an Innovation Centre and Vocational Training, which aims to connect research, business innovation and education. On-site, there was an overall presentation of the Institute and its objectives, the education system in Spain in terms of training, followed by tour of products manufactured or are under construction on site.

Technicians visited a building located in San Sebastian that was built in 2011, by the company Dalkia, which with the help of solar thermal and geothermal plants, produce as much energy as they consume 125 residences.

Finally, there was a meeting between the parties to discuss the progress so far in the program and set timetables for the next steps. The purpose of the program “GSSkills”, refers to the development of skills in green forms of energy such as solar and geothermal and addresses to plumbers and electricians working on photovoltaic systems and geothermal energy.

It is worth noting that the program is the only one approved in Greece and Crete. The program is cofunded by the European Commission.

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