IEA Training and Capacity Building
An ever-growing function of the IEA is to share knowledge and best practice in the field of energy globally. The IEA has carried out training activities since its creation more than 40 years ago, starting with the Emergency Response Exercises (ERE) for its member countries to prepare them for oil supply disruptions. Over the decades, the scope for training has broadened to include energy statistics, modelling, technology, energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and subjects of similar interest. With the globalisation of energy markets and the global consequences of climate change, the IEA works with an increasing number of countries.
The IEA offers interactive training across a range of topics. It features a variety of formats from group training (workshops and short courses) to individual work placements (secondments). Training is offered both at the IEA headquarters, in Paris, and in participing countries. In either case, the aim is to establish ongoing working relationships with participating countries for continual capacity building, as well as two-way information exchange.
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IEA training is targeted at central government officials and key national stakeholders, such as executive agencies and private-sector organisations. Some courses are intended for specific experts (e.g. energy statistics), while others are targeted at a diverse audience of managers and policy makers. By learning about IEA approaches and methodologies, which enjoy an international reputation for quality and rigour, participating countries will be better equipped to pursue their national energy aspirations and to align themselves to the global context and trends.
Generally training is delivered in English (although interpretation in another language is possible in special cases).