Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Training Opportunities for Dublin Craftworkers

An initiative of the Lord Mayor’s Commision on Employment coming to fruition.

The Lord Mayor’s Commission on Employment successfully joined forces with Tipperary Institute to secure 20 places for unemployed craftworkers in the Dublin City Council Administrative Area in an exciting project CESBEM II (Competence Enhancement in Sustainable Building Through European Mobility).
The CESBEM II Project has received European funding under the Lifelong Learning, Leonardo Da Vinci (People in the Labour Market) Programme.
CESBEM II is aimed at those in the construction Sector and provides upskilling in the field of energy efficiency in buildings. Training will be hosted by *KOMZET Germany, Centre of Vocational Excellence in Energy Efficiency in Buildings, with a special emphasis on timber construction. The training in Germany is planned to last for 2 weeks. Twenty people from Dublin will participate in the project which will commence in February 2011. Preparation for participants will consist of approximately 40 hours training in German language and culture.

Application forms are available from the Economic Development Department, Floor 3, Block 4, Civic Offices, D8. ( Tel : 222 0100 or email : ) or can be downloaded here

The closing date for completed applications is 13th December, 2010.

Support Provided
The following support will be provided to participants ;

‐ Travel Costs
‐ Accommodation and Subsistence Costs
‐ Language and Cultural Training
‐ Technical Training Costs

Tipperary Institute will provide all travel documents (tickets etc.) and work with KOZMET to arrange accommodation and subsistence facilities. Participants will NOT be able to make their own travel or accommodation arrangements as these will all be managed by
Tipperary Institute and KOZMET.

The CESBEM Programme exposes the participants to all aspects of sustainable building construction. As a result of completing the programme the participants will ;

• Acquire new theoretical and practical knowledge in energy efficiency in buildings,
• Have been upskilled so that they can apply the new construction techniques in line with new buildings regulations and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive(EPBD).
• Be in a position to maintain or develop new employment opportunities in the construction sector in Ireland.
• Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from Tipperary Institute, the Europass Mobility Document and the German partner’s Certificate of Completion in sustainable Building.

Training Programme
• Technical training ( delivered in English) will occur over a two week period. Training will be a mixture of lectures, practical skills and site visits. The following subjects will be covered ;
• Timber construction systems – common methods and standards
• Air tightness – theory and practical demonstration and blower door testing
• Timber and earth construction methods
• Computer applications and simulation tools
• Timber product quality
• Building Physical and biology – thermal bridges, condensation
• Heating and ventilation Systems
• Design Principles
• Insulation Materials

Importance of Energy Efficiency and Opportunities
The 2008 FAS Irish Labour Market Review noted “the construction sector has seen the largest number of job losses” and that training was required to upskill people in this field. Energy Rating of Buildings is now a part of construction sector in Ireland, so increased knowledge in the area represents a benefit.
Announced in the Government’s Infrastructural Investments 2010 – 2016 the National Retrofit Programme is a national priority and aims to deliver energy efficiency upgrades to one million residential, public and commercial buildings in Ireland and could create up to 32,000 building industry jobs and help drive economic recovery..

The need for upskilling in the field of sustainable building is driven by :
• Ireland committed to 20% savings in energy consumption by 2020. Highly efficient buildings will be needed. Over 1 million existing houses will require upgrading in terms of efficiency.
• New Building Regulations require highly efficient buildings, therefore good construction techniques are vital. By 2013 Building Regulations will require houses to meet the Passive Haus standard.
• The significant levels of unemployment in the construction sector requires personnel to upskill and develop new areas of expertise.
• Energy Rating of Buildings is now a part of construction sector in Ireland.

Further information
Training Programme overview and terms and conditions are available at the following link or from the Economic Development Department, Floor 3, Block 4, Civic Offices, D8.
( Tel : 222 0100 or email :

Link to CESBEM Website

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