On January 31, 2023, the Portuguese SECOVE team organized a National workshop on the “Creation of a Vocational Excellence Centre in the area of sustainable energies” at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto in Portugal.
The partners involved in the workshop included:
The workshop aimed to promote a structured dialogue on excellence in sustainable energy at CοVE, inviting local and regional stakeholders to discuss the challenges and needs of professional training in this area. Around 27 stakeholders from 17 clusters participated in the workshop, including business representatives, professional education providers and partnership members.
The workshop addressed three main themes:
During the brainstorming session, participants presented key ideas, such as the ability to follow trends, the need for lifelong learning, the relevance of training for the job market, the importance of networking/collaboration and the need of innovation, quality, adaptability, and engaging training.
Among the challenges most debated by the different stakeholders were:
They also highlighted the importance of improving the identification of needs in companies and the need for trainers and facilitators to be able to motivate trainees, as well as the development of critical thinking skills.
The results of the workshop showed that SECOVE can contribute to a vision of excellence in professional training by acting in three major areas/themes.
Firstly, you can analyze the training offer in sustainable energies and identify the skills associated with these themes. Then you can map the various professions/sectors in which they should be introduced, and include skills in sustainability and renewable energies in various courses in other areas.
Secondly, it can act to improve the image, enhance professional education, and raise awareness of its advantages. This can be done by greater intervention with parents/guardians, greater intervention/promotion/information with young people, reinforcement of vocational guidance and appreciation of professional training in the world of work.
Thirdly, networking can be established through:
The evaluation of the workshop showed that the participants were satisfied with:
Most of the participants that were invited to participate in the workshop, were interested in its theme, the SECOVE project and other projects promoted by the SECOVE project.