BUILD UP Skills is an EU Initiative to improve the qualification and skills of Europe's building workers which are essential to build, equip and renovate buildings of high energy performance. The Initiative focuses on continuing education of craftsmen and other on-site building workers.
From strategy to action: Based on agreed national roadmaps the BUILD UP Skills Initiative will support the introduction or upgrade of concrete qualification schemes on regional, national and multi-national level.
Get engaged! BUILD UP Skills brings together all relevant stakeholders in national platforms to exchange on training and qualification of the building workforce on energy-efficiency and renewable energy. Professional chambers, trade unions, industries, experts on training...
Contribute to national priority setting: a key achievement of BUILD UP Skills will be endorsed national roadmaps pinpointing to the most important changes and concrete measures needed in the continuous education system of the building sector.
Barriers to the training of building workers from various crafts will be identified. The need for improved skills to ensure significant energy savings in buildings will be quantified and priority measures for the up-skill of on-site construction workers will be established.
Share and win: New skills and qualifications for the building sector are a common challenge across Europe. 30 European countries have joined forces and work together, to share their ideas and findings and to learn from each other.


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1)    Defined skills gap between current situation in building sector and needs for qualified workers as to enable Macedonian building sector to fulfil the planned contribution in reaching national energy targets till 2020. 

2)    Involvement  of 80 relevant institutions in National Qualification Platform, setting up the strategy to establish  certification and accreditation system that will provide the required number of qualified workers

3)    Endorsed action plan to overcome existing barriers in upgrading the skills of 10 occupations as the needs for qualified workers for EE and RES would be met.



qualification schemes in Macedonia, building sector in Macedonia, trainings in energy efficiency in Macedonia, build up skills roadmap for Macedonia



07/06/2012 - 07/02/2014



EUR 179 053 (EU contribution 90%)


Contract number:

IEE/12/BWI 425. SI2.623225



The Build Up Skills project in Macedonia, FYR defines the path that needs to be followed in the next seven years for the upgrade of skills and qualifications of the building workers in the practical application of EE and RES measures as the national energy targets for 2020 could be met.

National Status Quo analyse, showed that the potential for building sector contribution in meeting national energy targets (36,13%) is current building stocks (private and public) as the 70% out of total 35,17 million m2  are more than 25 years old with the high average specific energy consumption. The need for reconstruction will increase labour demand to a new 10.000 on-site construction workers. Highly fragmentised 4.400 construction enterprises with low level of specialization for EE and RES will need  9.600 qualified workers to be trained for upgrading EE and RES skills till 2020. Identified barriers to obtain required number of workers concerned to EE  legislation,  regulation  of  the  construction  sector  market,  education  system and capacities of the institutions to these trainings.  

Roadmap with action plan encompasses of four priorities to overcome barriers in  national education system, capacities of training providers  and incentives to upgrade the skills for EE and RES. Implementation of 12 priorities' measures concerned to introduction of accreditation and qualification schemes for EE and RES, provision of 300 trainers and 30 accredited training providers that will enable training of 4,800 on-site building workers on EE and RES skills on two qualification level  by 2016. Including measures for information campaign about training incentives for construction companies and workers the total budget for implementation of action plan is 1,785,000.

The project also set up the National Qualifications Platform with 80 members , which will greatly contribute to the development of the formal and informal education systems for EE and RES  and bring together all stakeholders in this sector during Roadmap implementation.  

Project’s results

Result 1

At least five new organizations express interest and intention to start with providing trainings for building workers for implementation of EE and RES measures.

Adult education center express interest in helping the organization to develop curricula and  to start develop standards for the new qualifications.

Result 2

National qualification platform and stakeholder engagement :

Total number of organizations participating in the platform: 80 ( from the vocational training sector-10;  from the building sector-42  and from the energy sector-10                                                                                                                                    Number of meetings organized: 20

The NQP will be transferred to the next consortium which will work on BUS Pillar II phase.

Result 3

National Report on training needs and gaps (status quo report):

Number of workers involved in the (construction/building/craftsmen and other on-site workers): 43.600

Number of workers requiring training: 9600

Number of workers currently trained: 150

Professions with the highest needs: 1) Bricklayers, 2) Façade installer -External wall insulation, 3) Joiners  (Glaziers), 4) Carpenters - (roofers) – roof insulation, 5) Thermal insulation workers – insulation of walls, floors and perimeter

Result 4

Qualification and training roadmap:

Priority measure 1: Upgrade of the national education system within the construction occupations for the provision of EE and RES qualifications

1. 1. Upgrade of the adult education system for EE and RES qualifications in the 5  occupations:

1.2. Established System for accreditation and certification of qualifications acquired through the informal education system (development of procedures, trainer criteria)

1.3.  Introduced monitoring system of the verified institutions, the quality of the programmes and the number of trained building workers

Priority measure 2:Following and transfer of the European experiences on the design of EE and RES programmes for the application of certification schemes

2.1. Development of curricula for the training of 10 construction occupations

2.2. Verification of 3 institutions for the training of trainers

2.3. Implementation of training for 300 trainers

Priority measure 3:Building capacity of the education institutions for the delivery of trainings in line with the needs of the skilled workers

3.1. Verification of 20 institutions for the training of building workers

3.2. Verification of 10 construction companies for the implementation of partial training (practical work)

3.3. Training of 4,500 building workers for the 10 priority occupations

Result 5

Endorsement process:

80 relevant institutions support project deliverables and 30 Endorsement letters for road map received: - 8 from national authorities(5 Ministries, 3 state institutions); 1 from accreditation body; - 2 from Municipalities; - 4 from professional associations; -3 from Social partners:- 5 education institutions (3 universities, 2 high schools); -  5 construction companies; 2 - training providers of non-formal education.


Lessons learnt

Lesson 1

Networking  of the relevant institutions was more important than statistical data. Involvement of all governmental stakeholders was crucial in the beginning when we start to gather information and later for drafting the documents. The establishment of the Steering Committee with governmental members only raises the importance of the Build Up Skills project in Macedonia and gets lot of attention and publicity.

Lesson 2

Lack of data could be overcome by contacts with institution and experts.

Data that we needed for the project was not always in some document or Statistical office. You have to have relevant people on the field that are in the building and education sector long time and can give you lot of useful information. Interviewing biggest building companies in the country was excellent choice, because we gather all data needed for further calculation and predictions and assumption for future needs in terms of number od workers, their skills and lack of professions.

Lesson 3

Training for upgrading EE and RES skills is not linked with occupations since more than one occupation could be upgraded with some of the skills. The analysis show that is easier to reach the required number of workers if training offer refer to EE and RES skills. Thus workers from all 23 occupation could apply for training. 

Testimonials from key participating stakeholders

Testimonial 1

Lazar Gechovski director od National energy agency: " Build up skills results support us with information how to prepare two Rulebooks: Energy characteristics of the buildings and energy auditors" that will be more effective and applicable in our country. Press conference.

Testimonial 2

Valon Sarachini Minster of Economy:  We see the gap of the around 14.000 workers in building sector for implementation EE and RES measures. TV Statement

Testimonial 3

Ljupco Dimov, head of the EE department in Municipality Karpos: Build UP skills MK for the first time presents the entire conditions in Building sectors related to EE and RES, as well rises the right actions to be done in order to improve EE in our countries.

EE week Conference of Municipality Karposh

Testimonial 4

Tatjan Shestovik  national employment Agency: This project  helped us to upgrade our operational plan for employment for EE and RES skills according to labour market needs. National Qualification Platform meeting


Key endorsers and commitment

Endorser 1

Ministry of Education and Science: Will strengthening the human resources capital in the construction sector through upgrading construction workers’ knowledge and their further training on practical use of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy contributed to the realization of the national energy goals.

Endorser 2

Adult Education Centre: Will contribute to the best to implementing the measures proposed in the Action Plan, suitable for enhancing the skills of building workers and ensuring that sufficient numbers of skilled workers are available to achieve the energy and climate policy in the building sector.

Endorser 3

Ministry of Economy: Will support the national consortium in implementation phase, especially in designing incentives boosting demand  for qualified workers, within its capacities and resources


BUILD UP Skills Country data 

Country Data


Comments + Reference to Status Quo report (page)

Country Name: Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of


Number of building on-site workers and craftsmen (+ data year)

39 000




Data year: 2011

 (39.000 workers are in building sector

55.000 workers in the construction sector (formal + informal).


Status quo report page:  44, 45

Number of on-site workers and craftsmen trained per year through Initial education (IVET) (+data year)


Data year: 2011


(Status quo report page:  65

Number of on-site workers and craftsmen trained per year through Continuing education (CVET) (+data year)


Data year: 2011


Status quo report page:  55

Estimates of additional building on-site workers and craftsmen needed in the sector by 2020

9 600 – 14 400


Assumption is GDP growth of 3.4% per year in the building sector remains the same. Total number of workers is expected to be 49000 up to 53400


Status quo report page:  44, 47 (detailed)

Number of building on-site workers and craftsmen requiring up-skilling on EE and RES by 2020

9 800 – 16 000


Few scenarios were reviewed, but roughly here is detailed data on following pages:


Status quo report page:  44, 73

3-5 occupations with the highest numbers of workers requiring up-skilling on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources amongst building on-site workers and craftsmen

1) Bricklayers, 2) Façade installer-External wall insulation, 3) Joiners  (Glaziers), 4) Carpenters - (roofers) – roof insulation, 5) Thermal insulation workers – insulation of walls, floors and perimeter





Status quo report page:  47

Number of additional trainers needed




Roadmap page:  20

Last updated: 5.12.2013{jcomments off}

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