1. What is the Energy Academy 2020, to whom it is addressed, and what is the cost for participants?
The Energy Academy 2020 is an e-learning training programme aiming to support island authorities to develop/revise/improve a sustainable energy action plan (e.g. ISEAP) by improving local capacity (stakeholders, employees, professionals, citizens). The aim is to build capacity in European islands’ on energy planning, train all stakeholders involved and create the know-how that is required in order that they become able to support the island in this process. The programme is addressed to all European islands and expects to provide the required know-how on the development, revision, update and monitoring of a sustainable energy plan.
Attendance for applicants is free.
2. How to apply? Will there be a selection process?
Candidates should fill-in the on-line form to express their interest and each cluster leader approves/rejects the application. The decision is based on the relevance of the candidate with the task of energy planning and on how will he be able to contribute to the development/revision of the island’s ISEAP. This will be done at cluster level, by each cluster leader.
3. When will the training start and what will the duration be?
The training programme started on 1st June 2014 and it will run through September 2015. However each trainee will dedicate his time to read the training material and to answer evaluation questions at his/her own convenience.
4. Is there any limit on the total number of trainees from each island?
No, there is no limit. Islands that joined the SMILEGOV clusters may lack capacity on how to develop their sustainable energy action plan; the target is to have trained 2 persons from each island. The profile can be a stakeholder, municipal staff/employee, or any other person, volunteer or not, who will assist the island in preparing its ISEAP.
5. What does the course content itself consist of?
The training will focus on skills acquisition in areas such as:
The training objectives will be:
Training material will be available on-line to read; training will not be done on real-time, except from cases of live streaming of webinars etc. Consequently, the time that each person will be required to dedicate inthe training depends on (a) his background and previous experience in the planning process, (b) the time hewould like or has available to dedicate (c) when it comes to the modeling, familiarization with excelworkbooks (d) availability of internet connections etc.
6. Will the trainees effectively be undertaking elements of the ISEAP process, in practice, as part of their training? This can be an interesting and useful approach. But then how can the WP leader evaluate the result of part of an ISEAP? Maybe the cluster leaders should have a role in this, as well.
The aim of the training is to help advance the sustainable energy planning of the island, so yes, development of the ISEAP (or similar plan) itself is relevant. Staff members of the cluster leader may want to join as well as trainees, if they lack relevant knowledge, or join the team that will develop the energy plan.
7. Potential candidates may wish to be assured that it is not going to cost them anything but their time - in which case FREE certificated training is potentially a much easier 'sell'.
The e-learning training and the certification is free of charge. We remind you that the candidates will have to succeed in the evaluation in order to receive the certification.
8. Will there be a threshold or any requirements for trainees to receive the certificate?
The requirements for trainees to receive the certificate of training will be to succeed in the evaluation questions. A project-type work will also be foreseen.
9. How frequent will the evaluation questionnaires be? Will this test be based on all material or just on one section?
For the exam, different possibilities have been examined and concluded that the most flexible solution is to have an exam available on-line. This solution means that under the “collect points” tab, there will be questions on all modules that each trainee will be asked to answer. Trainees will be able to save their answers and log in again to resume as many times as they like until September 2015. At the time they think they are ready, they can submit their answers and they will get their score.
The test will be based on all modules.
10. Is it possible that a trainee selects just 1 or a number of sectors or will the final assessment be based on all material uploaded?
As mentioned above, the assessment will be based on all modules.
11. What does the project-type work foreseen consist of?
Trainees will be asked to undertake and “deliver” a work relevant with the content of the training. We foresee to propose 2-3 general tasks (e.g. development of part of the ISEAP or similar, project feasibility analysis, etc.) and let each trainee choose, alone or in group, the specific task that they will carry out and deliver.
12. Will the course continue in summer as well?
The training will be on-line but not on real-time. It started in June 2014 and will run until September 2015. Each trainee will be able to dedicate time according to his availability.
13. Will there be webinars?
Yes. There are already links on videos and there will also be announcements for live streaming, either on our platform or as links to other platforms, e.g. Covenant of Mayors.
14. Is there a support desk?
A support desk on issues related with the use and functionality of the platform is foreseen and is available through email@example.com. If necessary, there will be follow-up contact via telephone or skype, until the problem is solved. However, a support desk on the training material itself or step-by-step training is not foreseen.
15. What is the collect points tab?
As mentioned above, in the “collect points” tab there will be the evaluation questions.
16. What are the minimum technical pre-requisites for undertaking the course?
The desired minimum technical capacity of a trainee is:
- Being familiar with the purpose of the Covenant of Mayors and Pact of Islands schemes and understand what the terms energy planning and sustainable energy project mean
- Understanding what the purpose of SMILEGOV and the purpose of this training are
- Feeling confident that he can contribute to the development or revision of the sustainable energy plan of the island in co-operation with the respective cluster leader.
17. What about physical meetings? Will the training include opportunities for trainees to meet each other or is that entirely up to the cluster leaders or trainees themselves to organise?
Training is supposed to be e-learning. However, each cluster leader is free to organize locally auxiliary physical meetings if he considers it adequate and useful.
18. If physical meetings and training sessions are organized, what about travel expenses? Will cluster leaders need to explore possibilities for reimbursement of out of pocket expenses for trainees to pursue the courses, or will there be no costs to meet?
Training is supposed to be e-learning, and thus in principle, no costs are expected. However, each cluster leader is free to organize locally auxiliary physical meetings.
19. Are there any obligations for the trainees after taking the courses?
The aim of the training is to strengthen local capacity and improve the skills of stakeholders on the islands. As a result, trainees are expected to be involved and contribute to local energy planning and development of projects. However, the latter does not constitute an obligation; the possibilities for involvement of the trainees in other tasks of the project (e.g. in capacity building workshops) or in the development and implementation of the sustainable energy action plan, as well as the role that they will be attributed lies with the cluster leader.