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Energy Scout Trainings as Webinars – Successful Test Run in Bulgaria

by Max Junghanns, Young Energy Europe

Not just since the coronavirus have advanced training courses been offered online, but in the current situation digital solutions are in heavy demand – also at Young Energy Europe. Project manager Dr. Krassimira Dimitrova reacted quickly and adapted the Bulgarian in-class trainings to the new conditions throughout early March.

On 6 March Bulgarian Energy Scouts were still discussing their projects in groups. (©AHK Bulgaria)

On 6 March all Energy Scouts from the Burgas area were still able to meet live and in groups to go through the training topic of project management. On this occasion the YEE team introduced Energy Scouts and tutors to the online conference system WebEx.

On 11 March – shortly before the general curfew in Bulgaria – the training on mobility followed. Seven Scouts took part on site with sufficient distance from each other and nine Scouts joined the training online from Burgas, Varna and Shumen.

Since 13 March the training courses for Energy Scouts are online only. (©AHK Bulgaria)

On 12 March the topic of presentation techniques, which are more difficult to teach digitally, was discussed. Seven Scouts were on site in Burgas. The last seminar with the focus on resource efficiency took place on 13 March in Burgas, the lecturer was the only person in the room. All Energy Scouts connected online – from their companies or from the home office.

The online training courses are well accepted – one week after introduction 16 Energy Scouts joined the training online, seven came by person. Two days later meetings were not possible anymore due to Corona. (©AHK Bulgaria)

Advantages and disadvantages of online trainings

Crucial for the successful implementation was the joint test of software and hardware with tutors and Energy Scouts. After downloading the software, all Energy Scouts could join the test. On the hardware side, desktops, laptops or tablets have proven to be effective – following presentations over a longer period of time on smartphones is difficult and potentially costly due to the high data volume. With online training courses, even in times without coronavirus, participants can economize on travel costs and shorter breaks are possible. In small groups of up to ten people, an exchange or even discussions are very well possible, says Krassimira Dimitrova.

The main disadvantage is the missing personal exchange and informal networking between lecturers and Scouts during the breaks which makes social contact more difficult. Currently this social distancing is a necessary and widely accepted consequence.

In the future, Young Energy Europe will focus on digital solutions wherever possible and reasonable in order to continue the success story of the Energy Scouts.

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