The ERASMUS+ project VET WIND II aims at considering and researching possibilities for harmonizing education in (offshore) wind energy. Wind energy is a booming and international business, with growing numbers and growing need for personnel. For education to be able to prepare students to work in this industry, more cooperation is needed. This research report gives a state of affairs of the education and business in all partner countries: The Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Norway. For all topics, an overview for each country is given to make an analysis of differences and similarities.
Educational providers in wind energy
The Netherlands – ROC Noorderpoort: Regional education and training centre in the North of the Netherlands, providing a course for wind turbine operators, and also leading partner in the project.
The Netherlands – ROC Scalda: Regional education and training centre in the South of the Netherlands, also providing a course for wind turbine operators.
Germany – BZEE: develops certified industry-relevant training courses for the wind energy.
Denmark –TECH College: Regional technical education and training centre, also offers a course for wind technicians.
Norway – Energy Innovation: GWO and BZEE centre for training, development and operation & maintenance for wind energy
Ireland – Letterkenny Institute for Technology: Regional education and training centre, offering several technical courses, in the past also wind technician course
Belgium – Syntra West/Skilliant: Regional education and training centre, offering several technical courses
Methodology and main results
This report highlights the main results from the various interviews that were conducted with educational institutes and business partners in the (both on- and offshore) wind energy sector during the period, December 2018 and January 2019. All of the project partners have each interviewed several people to create an overview of the current status of the (on- and offshore) wind industry sector in their respective country. The first section provides an overview of the educational results, in the 2nd matrix highlights the outcomes of the business interviews, providing an insight into the industry perspective. The notes at the bottom of each matrix provide information about the variations in the wind energy sector.
For all interviews, the same question format has been used, providing clear and easy to compare information. After conducting the interviews, all information has been processed and summarized into the most important differences and similarities. The report is composed with available information from each partner country, and therefore has unavoidable limitations. The extent of the interviews and the type of company may differ per country. This also means some answer boxes are left empty, as this reflects the current situation or tracking down an answer has not been possible.
More information about ERASMUS+ can be found at their website.