The project SolTec (Nov. 2009 - Oct. 2011) was initiated in 2009 by the German and Spanish project partners under the European Lifelong Learning Programme Leonardo Da Vinci (Development of Innovation).
Since the EU agreed to raise the European Union's share of renewable energies to 20% by 2020, new challenges have emerged especially in the solar energy sector.
However, the development of skills and competences of workers are far behind the requirements of this growing sector. Furthermore, this process is still national in scope and unaligned with the European market. This creates barriers to achieve the EU's targets.
Common VET-qualifications e.g. for electricians developed at a local or national level, are not sufficient in order to meet the needs for a systematic approach in VET for the growing solar-sector.