Vocational schools will train specialists in biomass energy

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Vocational Schools from Moldova are launching a pilot educational module dedicated to the biomass energy sector, responding to the demand of professionals in the energy sector. The initiative belongs to the Moldova Energy and Biomass Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP, which supports the authorities in creating a national system of training of specialists in the biomass sector.

The Ministry of Education and the United Nations Development Programme have signed a Memorandum of partnership for the development of technical vocational education.

The Minister of Education expressed her acknowledgments to the European Union and to the United Nations Development Programme for “supporting this forward looking project which will strengthen the energy security of the Republic of Moldova. “The Memorandum of Understanding signed today advances the commitments of the Ministry of Education in modernization the Vocational Training Education and the adaptation of the curricular offer to the labour market demand”, said the Minister.

Starting with this academic year, students of three VET schools will study new educational modules on “Energy plants – a renewable energy source” within the forester profession and “Biomass heating plants” within the operators in the boiler room profession. The VET schools from Cuhurestii de Sus village, Orhei town and the School No. 3 from Chisinau are the first schools to pilot the educational modules.

“The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education represents a continuation of the partnerships started three years ago thanks to which 19.00 students from 340 schools all over the country learned about renewable energy. The optional course “Renewable Energy Sources” demonstrated the importance of education among the younger generation. Equally valuable is the training of future professionals for market production and consumption of the biomass energy. Piloting these innovative modules in vocational schools is a joint effort in providing more sustainable way for Moldova’s development”, mentioned Dafina Gercheva, UNDP Resident Representative, UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova.

The vocational schools will teach new specialties based on the educational program developed with the European Union financial support through the Moldova Energy and Biomass Project. Students will have access to practical training laboratories equipped with biomass based technologies, different types of biomass boilers and energy plants plantations due to the Energy and Biomass Project contribution funded by the European Union.

“We are glad to see this MoU being signed today between our Energy and Biomass project and the Ministry of Education. The key goal of the EU funding provided for this project is to ensure sustainable development of Biomass sector in Moldova and we need well trained professionals capable of using biomass technologies, as well as making the best use of their potential. Another positive aspect is that, in the years to come, biomass sector should offer more and more job opportunities for Moldovans”, underlined Alexandre Darras, Attaché -Project Manager, EU Delegation to Moldova.

During the study course, the future specialists will conduct study visits to biofuel producers, to institutions connected to biomass heating systems, to enterprises for assembly and production of biomass boilers in Moldova.

“Vocational and training schools – part of the new educational course will benefit from assistance from the Unique Informational Centre in the Sustainable Energy Sector, launched in October by the Energy Efficiency Agency. Future specialists, inclusive energy managers, will participate in trainings organized by the Centre, will exchange information and will benefit from the expertise of specialists in the sector “, says Mihai Stratan, Director of the Energy Efficiency Agency.

The Energy and Biomass Project 2 is a three-year project implemented during 2015-2017. The Project budget totals EUR 9.41 million, allocated by the EU, and it is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. More information about the project can be found on the site www.biomasa.md