The project is grounded on the premise there will be a skills gap in the upcoming hydrogen sector and therefore a need for a suitably educated workforce.
In order to meet this need, the international consortium came together to create “HySkills”; an industrially relevant, modular, vocational education and training (VET) course aimed at educating learners for the hydrogen sector. The HySkills modules will focus on fundamentals of hydrogen, imparting technical & practical knowledge as well as the important critical safety considerations of hydrogen.
The project commenced in December 2020 and the consortium consists of 5 transnational partners with expertise in hydrogen, sustainability and education. The main outputs of the project are the learning outcomes and units, the modular course and a “train the trainer” programme and handbook.
1. Learning Outcomes & Units
The Leaning Outcomes and Units portion of the project will ascertain the needs requirements which are relevant to the workforces who will work directly within the hydrogen sector. Surveys and interviews will be carried out with company and industry representatives from all partner locations to assess the gaps. A needs analysis report will be produced and from this information, partners will create the learning outcomes and units for 8 modules which will form the HySkills modular course.
2. Training Course
The HySkills Training Course will provide foundation knowledge and aspects of hands-on skills to learners in the EQF level 5 range, allowing them to gain core understanding of the necessity of critical safety which is required while undertaking practical work in the hydrogen sector. The modular course will be based on the needs analysis to ensure industrial relevance. The training course will seek endorsement from industry. A guidance document will be produced to give recommendations on how the course can gain accreditation. The resources produced for the modules will be openly accessible as part of the Toolkit.
3. Train the Trainer Programme & Handbook
The Hyskills Train the Trainer element will serve as a programme to enable the VET trainers to be able to successfully deliver the knowledge and skills to students undertaking the HySkills modules – who will become the future workforce in the hydrogen sector. This programme will contain the appropriate modules and course content to sufficiently train the VET trainers to enable them to deliver the course.
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