Sectoral Qualifications Framework for the Energy Sector. A draft regulation has been published

The Sectoral Qualification Framework for Energy will be incorporated into the Integrated Qualification System, which should have a positive impact on the labor market. The public consultation on the draft regulation has been launched.

On 2 August 2022, the Central Government Legislation Center (RCL) published a draft regulation from the Minister of Education and Science on the Sectoral Qualification Framework for Energy (number from the list: 66(1)). The concept has been submitted for arrangements, public consultations and opinions.

Polish Qualifications Framework and Energy Definition

The Polish Qualifications Framework was established in 2015 under the Integrated Qualifications System Act(2) (ZSK).

By letter dated 11 July 2021 (DELG-WRH.571.1.2021), the Minister of Climate and Environment requested the Minister of Education and Science to include the Sectoral Qualification Framework in the energy sector, hereinafter referred to as “SRKE”. to the integrated qualification system. – explained in the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) of the draft regulation. The SRKE project was prepared around the turn of 2019 and 2020 in collaboration with the Education Research Institute in Warsaw. Work on it was carried out by the EPRD consortium Biuro Polityka Gospodarczej i Rozwoju Regionalnego Sp. z oo and the Klaster Czyste Air Foundation.

During the work, a definition of the energy sector was developed as follows: “energy is an industry that includes all activities related to the processes of production, processing, transmission, distribution, storage and supply of electricity and heat”. According to this definition, the sector includes the production of electricity and heat (both conventional methods and the use of renewable energy sources), starting from the generation device, through the phases related to its processing, transmission, transport and storage. – The consultation has shown that the SRKE does not refer to the coal mining process, but should include tasks related to its storage and preparation for the energy production process. – added in the motivation for the design.

Determinants of knowledge, skills and social competences

The so-called sectoral determinants determine the most important aspects of the functioning of a sector.

The following determinants of knowledge and skills have been formulated for the energy sector:

Determinant I. Design and Planning

Determiner II. Construction and maintenance of infrastructure

Determiner III. Generation, storage and supply of energy

Determiner IV. Needs of receivers, the energy market

Determinant V. Energy products and work factors (including competencies related to the study of energy efficiency from renewable energy sources)

Determinant VI. Environment (including competencies related to: assessment of the environmental impact of energy production, storage and delivery processes, use of technologies that reduce the environmental impact of energy production, storage and delivery processes, natural resource management, waste management from energy production , storage and delivery processes and dismantled equipment and energy installations, the use of energy recovery technologies and technologies for the generation of energy from renewable energy sources)

Determiner VII. Safety

The following sectoral determinants were distinguished for social competences:

Determiner VIII. Communication

Determiner IX. Ethics

Determinant X. Decision-making (including competencies related to the willingness to make decisions in high-risk situations related to a direct threat to human life and health or environmental pollution)

The determinant of XI. Responsibility for quality and safety

The determinant of XII. Responsibility for the environment (including competences related to the willingness to care for the safety of energy recipients and users and for the environment, promoting pro-ecological attitudes, including optimization of energy consumption, willingness to perform professional tasks with respect for natural resources and with concern for environmental protection)

Impact on the labor market

Among the expected positive effects of the Regulation, the RIA indicated the following:

  • facilitating access to the labor market in the energy sector,
  • improving the optimal design of professional development of personnel in the energy sector,
  • enabling the optimal selection of educational offers,
  • streamlining the recruitment process for employers from the energy sector,
  • ensure that descriptions of market qualifications are properly developed for inclusion in the IQS.

Evaluation of the effects of the project

The regulation will enter into force 14 days after its promulgation.

Five years after its entry into force, the intention is to conduct a study that will take into account the effects of the inclusion of the sectoral qualifications framework in the energy sector in the IQS.

Dominika Adamska: editorial secretary, geographer


1 / The draft scheme is available on the RCL website: #12899109
2 / The law of December 22, 2015 on the integrated qualification system

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