CIRCE – Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption

Evaluator

CREA - Confederación de Empresarios de Aragón, Zaragoza, SPAIN

Type/classification

Green economy

Contact details of the main implementing body

Name of the organisation, original language

CIRCE - Centro de investigación de recursos y consumos energéticos

Name of the organisation, English translation

CIRCE - Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption

SECTION A - DESCRIPTION OF THE GOOD PRACTICE

Name of the practice, original language

CIRCE, un centro de investigación para desarrollar y retener profesionales cualificados

Country

Spain

Description of the practice

CIRCE is a research centre founded in 1993 with the support of the University of Zaragoza, to create and develop innovative solutions and scientific/technical knowledge and transfer them to the business sector in the field of energy.

 

CIRCE’s mission is to drive forward improvements in energy efficiency and to spread the use of renewable energy by means of the development of R+D+i activities and formative actions that respond to the needs of national and international companies, thereby contributing to sustainable development.

 

Moreover, one of its mains aims is responding to the training needs in the clean and renewable energy sector, and ensuring the availability of trained and upgraded technicians and experts in the labour market.

 

Website: http://www.fcirce.es

Policy context

The European Commission aims at helping companies, especially SMES turning environmental challenges into economic opportunities.

Spain is especially aware of this, and for years, the Government is working in implementing European recommendations on environmental and energy area, without forgetting the need of training professionals on these kinds of subjects.

Labour market context

Improving companies’ energy processes and technical skills of professionals are key for improving companies’ competitiveness. In a changing and complex market, the speed at which companies adapt to new trends is vital.

 

A customised training on energy efficiency helps companies to remain competitive and to develop their employees’ skills, ensuring lifelong learning and keeping the talent in the company.

Activities

Circe is a pioneer in Spain, promoting and developing training in Renewable Energy since 1999. Among its objectives are the development of training programmes in energy, the promotion of the improvement of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in society through information and ongoing training.

 CIRCE offers:

  • Applied postgraduate Masters and specialisation diplomas from the University of Zaragoza
  • Doctorate Programmes from the University of Zaragoza
  • Specialisation courses
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Courses requested by companies

 

 Many companies are requesting specialized training that adapts to their needs. CIRCE offers training for professionals and technical staff from all levels of the energy sector. These courses are varied and designed to adapt to the market demand at the time.

 This research centre makes Aragon region attractive to companies. But also companies organising training with CIRCE are, in turn, attractive to employees, as it is adapted to both parts, companies and employees. This is a way to retain talent and avoiding brain-drain.

Management and operation

CIRCE has a multidisciplinary team of 192 people (researchers, professors, etc.).

Target groups/beneficiaries

Mainly professionals of companies from the green economy or from other sectors that would like to introduce energy efficiency aspects in their companies. CIRCE training is also open to recent graduates and to unemployed people.

Start date

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End date (actual or planned)

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Gender dimension

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Products involved in or resulting from the practice

CIRCE designs specific courses customised for the companies that request them, therefore the thematic is very wide. From natural resources, to sustainable mobility or wind and solar power, for example.

Outcomes of the practice (planned/expected and actual)

The main outcomes are the training courses developed by CIRCE since 1999.

Source of funding

Regional budget (tax revenue), Private source(s), please specify

Main responsible body, type

University/Research centre

Role of implementing body

CIRCE is the main body implementing the practice. It also coordinates the training activities.

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

n.a.

Evaluation - Was the practice evaluated?

No

SECTION B - CLASSIFICATION OF PRACTICE

Target group(s)

People seeking training

Employers

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Jobseekers

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People seeking training

Employees, Out of work - adult, Out or work - youth

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

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

Labour market information (LMI)

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Micro and SMEs’ procedures

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B.2.3 Practices related to skill mismatch reduction

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

Training (classroom), Training (work-based, including apprenticeship)

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch: labour mobility

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Sharing the cost of training and skills development

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B.3 Delivery method(s)

Delivery methods involved

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B.4 Contracting out

Extent of contracting out of practice: The service is contracted out…

Not at all

Type of subcontractor(s)

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B.5 Partnership

Type of partners involved in implementation of the practice

Public, Private

SECTION C - Information about evaluation of the practice

When was the practice evaluated?

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Type of organisation carrying out the evaluation

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Details of the organisation responsible for carrying out the evaluation

Name of the organisation, original language/Name of the evaluator

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Name of the organisation, English translation

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E mail

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Web page

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Overall evaluation methodology/methodology

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Indicators in the evaluation

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Main findings of the evaluation

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Change in practice following evaluation

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C.1 Documentation of the evaluation

Type of documentation

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Reference

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Monitoring evidence

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SECTION D - PRACTICE CRITERIA

D.1 - Evidence of results

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D.2 - Relevance

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D.3 - Availability of clear and adequate information

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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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