The construction sector faces new challenges in order to provide smart, energy efficient and sustainable lighting environments for infrastructure, cities, buildings and the industry, in order to follow the 2050 low-carbon economy roadmap of the European Commission.
There is an imminent and growing need of lighting design skills that bring together lighting design and smart technologies, as well as skills that take into account ecological and human-centric issues on lighting systems in the connected world that we live in. The ECOSLIGHT: Environmental Conscious Smart Lighting project, supported by the European Framework of Erasmus+ / Sector Skills Alliances Programme, aims to enhance employability and improve the career prospects of lighting-related professionals, while also help businesses to find the right competences they need to increase their competitiveness.
Project outputs will directly benefit lighting-related professionals (e.g. architectures, engineers, decorators, ICT professionals, etc), as well as market companies, associations and social partners, municipalities and policy makers. Indirectly, the project will contribute to raising the quality of life of the general public, by enabling smart buildings and cities to provide enhanced lighting experiences.
The partnership consists of twelve partners from five EU countries (France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Austria), with some acting with multiple role in the project implementation; four VET providers, four sector representatives, five Higher Education Institutions / Research institutes, one association of VET providers, and one Certification organization.
A MOOC for acquiring the basic and common competences of the different job role profiles, and a Specialization Training Course including motivational e-learning and face-to-face lectures and a work based learning phase will be offered in France, Italy, Germany and Greece. The project will adopt European instruments in order to improve the recognition of the identified qualifications. Communities of practice that ensure sustainability of results beyond project end will be formed.
Overall, the project is expected to present a serious impact in raising the productivity and results of professionals working in the construction sector, and especially in the areas of exploitation of contemporary technologies, energy saving, and human well-being.