Objectives and outcomes of the DEFMA project
Project Start Date - October 1st, 2016
Project End Date - March 31, 2019
Duration in months - 30 months
Project code 2016 -1-UK01-KA202-024420
The aim of this project is to form a Strategic Partnership to modernise and enrich the current vocational educational and training of the facilities management workforce in Europe. The specific objectives are to:
- Enhance labour market relevance of VET for facilities managers to address digital and “green” needs, by designing an innovative and comprehensive training course in environmental technologies and sustainability issues.
- Introduce modern training delivery methods and innovative open access pedagogical resources, enabling learners to acquire and self-assess digital and environmental skills.
- Facilitate mutual recognition of the developed learning outcomes and establish a framework towards an EU “green” qualification for facilities managers.
Special emphasis will be given to middle-aged and approaching retirement facility managers, who are less likely to take part in training than their younger colleagues. By creating an engaging methodology and exploiting project partners’ network, the project will motivate older facility managers (45+), which constitute the majority (55%) of the facility management workforce (3), to pursue the necessary training in key energy efficiency technologies, fostering thus access of the aging workforce to Continuing VET.
Needs addressed by DEFMA project
Facilitiy managers, apart from technical and management competencies, require a combination of digital and environmental skills to be able to maintain high-performance buildings capable of significantly reducing energy and water consumption. There is thus an increasing need to equip facilitiy managers with the skills and capacities required to a) support carbon emission reduction measures, b) monitor resources consumption, c) use “smart” building controls and up-to-date environmental technology systems (e.g. building automation), and d) identify energy losses and water leaks, rectify small faults, and carry out simple maintenances. The project will address this challenge by increasing the relevance and quality of VET provision for facilitiy managers to match their competences and skills with environmental and sustainability needs of the built environment and promote employability and mobility within the sector.