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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.
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    Date of publication: 
    Monday, October 29, 2012 - 15:30