Energy College

Energy College is the intermediate vocational cluster (MBO) within Energy Academy Europe. The schools are located in different parts of the North of the Netherlands and they are strongly connected to the region they operate in.

Energy College aims to provide the energy sector with a permanent supply of skilled workers, increasing the innovative potential of the Energy Valley region and strengthening its energy related knowledge infrastructure. This is done in close cooperation with regional governments and businesses to maximise the match between educational programmes and labour market.


Currently, there are seven schools for vocational education in Energy College

ROC Friese Poort

AOC Friesland

Alfa College

Drenthe College

Noorderpoort College

Friesland College

AOC Groningen

Base module: Energy

Energy College has developed a base course on energy for first year students of engineering. This special energy module is offered at all the participating schools. The energy module is a general introduction to the energy transition that gives students a starting point for further specialization. In the future, Energy College will develop a number of specialized modules focussing on different aspects of energy.

Energy Hotspots

Hotspots are learning and working environments at the participating schools that offer students the opportunity to specialize. Each hotspot (school) focuses on a specific theme such as off shore wind energy, smart grids or the built environment. Hotspots bring together industry and educational institutes at one location where students do their theoretical studies, gain practical experience, do internships and graduate.

For whom?

Energy College has been established for students at ROCs and AOCs to educate them for a future in energy engineering and prepare them for higher vocational studies. But also today’s professionals will soon be able to turn to the Energy College for refresher courses to keep up with changes in the energy sector. Regional businesses can benefit from the continuous supply of skilled personnel, and above all: they can shape the education and training of future professionals by taking part in the Energy College.