Completion of L³EAP´s Work Package 2: Baseline Study - Needs for life long learning in the energy sector

Recommendations for the Conceptualization of SIDS-specific Lifelong Learning Offers on Energy Access, Efficiency, and Security

Recent findings and recommendations from a set of surveys undertaken in the frame of the L³EAP project indicate a distinctive set of hot topics for LifeLong learning and Capacity-building in selected small island developing states. The results of the surveys clearly indicate that there is a demand for training in energy access, security and efficiency (EASE) in the African and Pacific SIDS.

The data gathering for this needs analysis confirmed, amongst other things, that there is a shortage of qualified local personnel (especially in the Pacific SIDS) who could successfully bid for energy tenders and/or provide expert consultancies. As a result, due to limited local capacities, most of the relevant personnel or organizations operating in these areas are still being recruited from developed countries. A single course may represent a valuable starting point to serve these specific demands as well as the general purpose of offering training in EASE. It is suggested that a more comprehensive capacity-building programme may be needed to meet the entire spectrum of training needs of the SIDS.

A programme of study in EASE may be highly sought-after in the Pacific and African SIDS yet this exercise has revealed that, overall, much progress still needs to be made to produce appropriate courses. The range of subjects to be considered in the EASE course development by the L3EAP project partners should be expanded to include, for example, topics such as energy efficiency, audits, bench-marking; energy financing and consultancy; energy economics and blue-green economy as well as simulation software training.
Concerning the recommended scope and mode of delivery, it is paramount to design the courses in a manner that addresses not only the needs of the learners, but also takes into consideration their individual constraints. The delivery format and mode of the courses may thus need to include online (e-learning) modes as well as some face-to-face components.