Build Up skills Italy


IRFI - Istituto Romano per la Formazione Imprenditoriale, Camera di Commercio di Roma, Rome, ITALY


Green economy

Contact details of the main implementing body

Name of the organisation, original language

ENEA - Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile

Name of the organisation, English translation

Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment


Name of the practice, original language

Build Up skills Italy (former WISE Roadmap)



Description of the practice

The WISE Roadmap aimed at identifying a national sistem of qualified training to improve competencies of workers in the construction sector to reach the objective of constructing “nearly zero emission buildings”.

The project focused on continuous training of construction workers as well as on developing new VET training programmes in line with the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and with the ECVET credit system.

Policy context

Project financed within the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme as part of the “BUILD UP Skills” initiative promoted in the UE 27 countries by the European Agency for Competitiveness & Innovation of the European Commission.

Labour market context

The building sector still makes an important contribution to the Italian economy, representing approximately 10% of the GDP expenditure.

The building sector acts as a driving force that reaches out to and enhances many sectors of the national economic system, with purchases of goods and services totalling 80% of all sectors of the economy.

According to ISTAT, Annual Report 2012, the number of employees in the construction industry (construction and plant engineering) in 2011 amounted to 1,847,000 units. The workforce is also divided into three main types of employment: Managers and employees, Specialised workers, Generic workers.

The jobs created in ecobuilding and in the process of renovating the housing stock include designers, architects, auditors, project managers and various other blue collar trades like plumbers, metal workers and labourers. With regard to enhancing efficiency energy, almost all the specific measures in the building sector have shown a positive trend, with the growth in the number of jobs and with an important economic impact.

Thanks to the most innovative technologies, high energy efficiency building can reduce energy consumption by over 80% compared to the traditional ones. The jobs related to this sector can be undertaken by people already working in the “traditional” building sector, but with added value, on the training and professional level of the new skills specifically involving sustainable building.


  • Mapping the system of existing qualification schemes;
  • Identifying future needs and main assets to realize a national roadmap for the qualification of workers operating for the energethic efficacy of the construction sectors;
  • Defining tools to collect contributions from all Stakeholders involved;
  • Exploit good practices in Europe and worldwide, adapting them to local needs;
  • Ensure coherency of the WISE roadmap with the existing initiatives among Universities, professional schools and VET system;
  • Define a roadmap for implementation of
  • certification / qualification;
  • Assure the roadmap will be shared and approved at a
  • national and regional level;


  • Harmonyze roadmap with the existing European practices.

Management and operation

Training department of ENEA with the cooperation of Business Associations, Universities, Institutions and specialized companies.

Target groups/beneficiaries

Workers in the construction sectors

Start date

26 Nov 2011

End date (actual or planned)

25 May 2013

Gender dimension

No gender dimension is specifically addressed by the project.

Products involved in or resulting from the practice

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Outcomes of the practice (planned/expected and actual)

  • Knowledge, skills and competencies of each workers category necessary to improve the energy efficiency of buildings has been identified. For each category five aspects have been considered:
  • Legal;
  • Institutional;
  • Technical;
  • Economical;
  • Communication.
  • Partners and stakeholders have showed a high commitment to the development of a new culture for nearly impact zero buildings;
  • Existing best practices at regional, national and European level have been capitalized;
  • Existing certification/qualification schemes have been aligned with the European Qualification Framework;
  • A communication and awareness campaign has reached 5 different targets:
  • Decision makers who have to provide the economical and legal tool to develop the building craftsman certification schemes;
  • Designers who have to learn how to use new technologies and recruit skilled craftsman;
  • Craftsmen and installers who have to be trained to use innovative energy efficiency solutions;
  • Enterprises who need to invest in their own human resources with long life learning activities;
  • End users who need to trust into the new technologies and decide to invest in energy efficiency of their own buildings.
  • The use of new technologies for energy efficiency and for energy production has been promoted;


The 20-20-20 objectives have been reached.

Source of funding

Other sources, please specify

Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) Programme (Calls for proposals 2011-2013)

Main responsible body, type

Ministry or other national public body/authority. Please specify

ENEA – Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment

Role of implementing body

Promoter and executive in charge of realization of the project

Other bodies involved in implementation of the practice as partners or contractors

  • Ministries
  • Toscana Region
  • Academic Consortiums
  • Provinces
  • Municipalities
  • Associations of entrepreneurs
  • Associations of workers

Evaluation - Was the practice evaluated?



Target group(s)

Employers, People seeking training


All employers, Micro enterprises, Small enterprises, Medium enterprises, Large enterprises


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People seeking training


B.2 Type of practice

B.2.1 Practices related to management or servicing of clients

Registration, skill assessments, identification of client needs and matching

Skill assessment

B.2.2 Practices related to labour market information and improvement of micro and smes’ procedures

Labour market information (LMI)

Collection of LMI (demand, supply or both), Analysis of LMI

Micro and SMEs’ procedures

Improvement of micro and smes’ recruitment and human resource management practices, Identification of needed skills, Design and implementation of high quality apprenticeship/interniship programmes

B.2.3 Practices related to skill mismatch reduction

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch (targeted to unemployed or employed)

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Sharing the cost of training and skills development

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B.4 Contracting out

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B.5 Partnership

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D.4 - Impact

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D.5 - Innovation

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D.6 - Broad-based participation

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D.7 - Sustainability

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D.8 - Mainstreaming

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D.9 - European Added Value and Transferability

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D.10 - Additional comments

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