Training in Dublin
Due to demand in the Dublin area another 2 pilots were carried out at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and ETB Ballyfermot during February and again in April 2016.
Both courses were carried out as a 3 day training delivery and were highly successful with full attendance.
The course required the construction workers to discuss details and how to provide continuous insulation and prevent thermal bridging. Working in groups of 4 they all shared their on-site experiences with fellow construction workers and completed the FES course with an understanding of not just how to provide quality low energy building, but also how to work and communicate with other trades on site.
Training in Limerick and Galway
In February attendance at the evening delivery for the Limerick and Galway FES pilot courses were well received with full attendance. The training took place in Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) demonstration building and at the Partel Headquarters, Galway.
Unfortunately due to the demand of work for the construction workers on-site, some of the workers did not manage to complete the FES course. (This is great to see for the construction industry!)
Although this was the case, it is understood that they still came away with a better understanding of how to carry out air-tightness and why it is important to take responsibility for their works.
Training in Waterford
During April 2016 the FES training was taken to Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) as an evening classroom delivery and a demonstration day at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).
It was great to see many construction workers being sent from their companies to attend the QualiBuild FES course.
They chose to attend the course as part of the CIRI CPD requirements.
Hopefully the QualiBuild FES courses can continue to run in the future to upskill construction workers in Quality Low Energy Building.
Discussions are presently underway with SOLAS and other training facilities so watch this space.
Training in Belmullet/Galway
QualiBuild were approached by the Better Energy Communities (BEC) project in Belmullet, Co. Mayo with a proposal to run a dedicated FES course for a group of contractors/construction workers in the Gaeltachta area.
Day 1 and Day 3 classroom elements of the programme were held at Údaras na Gaeltachta training room,Civic Centre, Belmullet and the group then travelled by bus to Partel Headquarters for the practical demo day.
As a trained trainer from the QualiBuild Train the Trainer course, Emmet Nee from Partel, delivered the training.
The course was a day delivery held on Tuesday 5th April, Thursday April 21st and May 5th with a total of 22 attending.
Participants included contractors, construction workers, engineers and other professionals.
As part of the pledge, Údarás na Gaeltachta have committed to the three year implementation process to become a Sustainable Energy Community for the Gaeltacht region. Working with QualiBuild, the workforce in Gaeltachta area can be upskilled and trained to provide quality low energy building.
The FES course was a huge success and with funding provided from both parties enabled the construction workers to carry out training at no cost.
The response afterwards was highly praising and the FES course being recommended by all those that attended.