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Status Quo Report


This report on the status quo endeavours to provide an objective analysis, both in qualitative
and quantitative terms, of the training requirement needed to provide a building workforce
capable of achieving 2020 targets. It also attempts to identify and estimate the real skills
demand, both present and for the future. It draws the relationship between training and
actual employment opportunities for the cohort by providing realistic projections based on
trends and government supported jobs initiatives. This will be crucial to the engagement of
participation on the proposed training schemes. The main objective of the report is to provide
a comprehensive basis for discussion with all relevant national stakeholders and, therefore,
endeavours to be as accurate and up to date as possible. The relevant government
departments, national agencies, training and standards authorities have been engaged to
provide access to data and information to this end, including:
(1) The Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (DCENR) have
provided updates on revisions to energy policy and actions for implementation.
(2) The Department of Environment, Community & Local Government (DECLG) have
clarified the direction of changes to Building Regulations and how they anticipate this
will affect the skills needed for onsite implementation.
(3) The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) have provided data and
information on the penetration of renewable energies in buildings, initiatives and
grant supported schemes for the public, commercial and residential sectors, including
rates of energy efficient renovations.
(4) FÁS, the national training authority, have given access to the data held by their
Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) to quantify employment and
apprenticeship training in the construction sector and future projections. They have
also provided data for the participation rates on the training programmes they provide
relevant to energy efficiency and renewable energy in buildings.
(5) The Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) and the Higher
Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) have supplied participation rates
on the relevant programmes that they provide in this sector.
(6) The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) was consulted for clarification
on their role in developing codes of practice in the field and their involvement in
standards certification for related products and their installation.
The BUSI project coincides with a time of significant change in government policy in Ireland,
national training structures and economic circumstances, all of which are relevant to training
in construction. The underpinning themes of efficiency and sustainability, however, could not
be more relevant or topical in the evolving national status quo.
EU Activity Type: 
Start date: 
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 15:30
End date: 
Monday, October 29, 2012