The European Centre of Technology (ECT) is regularly in contact with participants who are attending its courses in order to achieve the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate to further their careers in the Engineering, Management and Finance sectors.
The EEC-ECT, which works with the United Nations Environment Programme and major universities to promote best practice in Engineering, Management, Finance and Computing sectors, this month is delighted to speak with Jose Jiminez-Garcia, who is currently studying the global online Master in Renewable Energy Award, which is an 18-month programme to achieve the highest accolade at the EEC-ECT. Jose has been able to attend the courses through his work, enabling him to expand his knowledge in the area of renewable energy.
I compared a few training courses and the ECT’s courses seemed to provide more quality and offer more flexibility with the Master in Renewable Energy Award.
I actually managed to get a promotion off the back of my new skills I have gained studying these courses!
Q. Why did you choose to study with the European Energy Centre?
A: “I have been wanting to transition my career into the Renewable Energy sector for a while and I was looking for potential training courses to enable me to do so – I compared a few training courses and the ECT’s courses seemed to provide more quality and offer more flexibility with the Master in Renewable Energy Award.”
Q. You study alongside a full-time job – how does the Master Award programme fit into your regular schedule?
A: “It’s quite easy! I study for around 2 hours a day and the ECT provides enough enrolment time for each course to enable me to study the course materials thoroughly – it’s very flexible. That allows me to progress at a good pace.”
“It’s no problem for me to fit my studies into my schedule – I take weekends off and still have no problem mixing the courses with my social and work life balance.”
Q. Has your employer been supportive of the training and development?
A: “My company is very supportive of my training and development and value its importance for my career progression – they allow me time in my work schedule every day to help me study. They know the training relates to a number of our ongoing projects and will be of value for both my professional development and my company’s growth.”
Q. What are the skills that you gained with the European Energy Centre (and have you applied them to your work)?
A: “At the moment, we’re involved heavily in areas of building efficiency and biomass across the country and the training has put me into a great position for working on these projects – a couple of weeks ago, I actually managed to get a promotion off the back of my new skills I have gained studying these courses!”
Q. What has been your favourite part of the Master Award pathway so far?
A: “I was speaking to someone who studied Project Management at Prince2 level and we compared some of the course content – the ECT’s Project Management course content is much more factual and straightforward.
The ECT doesn’t overload you with a lot of irrelevant information and the courses are very focused – I’m really very impressed.”
Q. Would you recommend the Master Award pathway to others?
A: “I would recommend the Master Award pathway to everyone – I really enjoy it and the ECT should be very proud of what you’re doing.”
The Master in Renewable Energy Award is a flexible study programme that is suitable for all knowledge levels.
Current participants include representatives from the UK Green Investment Bank, Kier Construction Group, SMEs in the Energy sector, students and consultants aiming to consolidate their renewable energy knowledge
and achieve their career goals.
The Master in Renewable Energy Award (global online and classroom) is made up of 12 complementary modules, which can be studied flexibly at a time that suits you.
For more information please visit:
Master in Renewable Energy Award