Pilot project : Gas 2.0
Educating skills for the energy transition, and preparing for the future.
Gas 2.0 is a public-private partnership sponsored by the Dutch Regional Investing Fund (RIF) that future-proofs regional vocational education in the energy sector. The project involves the collaboration with regional colleges (7), provinces (3) and municipalities(4), as well as small and medium enterprises (47). The project is also facilitated by the Hanze University Groningen, the Province of Groningen and the Drenthe College, and is a pilot for the RIGHT Project.
The Northern Netherlands region is an energy leader, having the knowledge and policy support in reducing the use of natural gas and finding green solutions. This transition requires different knowledge and skills. The Gas 2.0 initiative aims to stimulate students’, teachers’ and practical trainer’s energy transition knowledge and skills to ultimately aid in fastening the regional energy transition process. These efforts are intended to lead to an active business community, by connecting companies, students and universities.
The three pillars of the project are enrollment of technical students, education development and setting up a community of practice. The education development focuses on five themes: hydrogen, energy saving & sustainability, geothermal energy, biogas/green gas and power to gas. They are integrated in the inter-organizational collaborations between stakeholders by addressing the need of education. The colleges are expected to focus on the need for facilitating technical and vocational education in energy transition systems, becoming greener and CO2 neutral/less emission. The students learn to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in a professional environment. As the division of labour changes between different energy sectors, and the work also changes within each sector due to innovation, colleges are learning to adapt to train students for these changing business professional environments, to prevent skills gaps, and facilitate the energy transition with necessary labour market and education and training changes and transitions.
The project’s activities are implemented to realize an expected outcome agenda, including two main stakeholder groups: small and medium enterprises and learners. The educational agenda tackles the knowledge and skills gaps in energy transition for students, teachers and practical mentors. The organizational orientation agenda focuses on the energy transition gaps in companies, and the ultimate goal of achieving an active business community. The project was initiated in September 2018, and is expected to reach a finalized form in approximately four years.
Alexandra Codreanu, Anja Hulshof and Harm van Lieshout, October 2020
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