Title Prissm - Promotion of Integration in the planning and provision of social services within local authorities through municipal staff vocational training- A Lever for Local Development
Project Number 2012-1-GR1-LEO05-10420
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
This project aims to encourage integrated functioning in local authorities’ social services and actions, offering to different professionals involved new roles, which make use of their professional skills and competencies, while stimulating increased job satisfaction.
Its concrete objectives are:
1.Through a process of review and comparative analysis to transfer through import the CARMEN project in the partner states;
2.To produce new innovative training material for VET-professionals (adult education trainers) and trainees (workers in local authorities);
3.To upgrade professionals’ qualifications, involved in the planning of social actions and in the provision of social services;
4.To involve users of social services in the implementation of social actions;
5.To improve the quality of the municipal functional system of planning and provision of social services (elimination of communication failures, lifting of barriers, increase of professional power).
Social services are often delivered at the local level, as local institutions are thought of being in position of having more specific knowledge of local conditions and, therefore, can respond more directly to local needs. According to EU, for such a response, social services must be comprehensive and personalised, conceived and delivered in an integrated manner. This integration involves not only the supply, but the planning as well. For the implementation of integration it is crucial these services to be changed to learning organizations and employees to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge, in order integration functioning to be accomplished. These skills are mainly managerial and administrative with a strong emphasis on cooperation and coordination. This project involves the standardization of all key components of a training course on integration for local authorities, which could be adapted for use by local authorities or other public bodies in all member states. This standardization includes:
a)The trainers’ training course;
b)The trainees’ training course;
c)The production of training material for trainers as well as trainees;
d)The issue of an implementation guide;
This project also seeks to address the improvement in quality of the municipal, administrative and functional, system of planning and providing of social services which will have a positive impact not only to the system but to its users as well.
The Consortium has a strong local administration component, since it is consisted of a private consulting agency for Local Administration bodies, two municipal authorities in Greece and Lithuania, one legal entity constituting the first digital city in Greece (e- trikala) and a network of Mediterranean cities. In the Consortium are also taking part a French University with expertise on Local Government and a Health and Social Care trust that has been offering integrated services for many years.
Prissm’s intended impact is through training (followed by an implementation period) to promote the acquisition of key competencies in VET responding to the specific objective LEO-TraInno-9 equipping professionals with new competencies (and strengthening those already existing) to operate in a more effective manner in their work. Specifically within LEO-TraInno-9 this project has set the goal to emphasize on crucial aspects of competencies such as communication and collaboration, initiative and creativity, risk assessment and management as well as critical thinking. These competencies mainly refer to language and ICT competence, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, the ability to learn how to learn
These competencies are pursued through
b)pilot implementation period providing the opportunity to enhance the ability to turn ideas into action.
Project΄s Key activities
1.Conventional vocational training in integration for employees of the participating municipalities in the project.
2.Pilot implementation of this integrated system.
3.Distant-learning courses for local authorities’ employees throughout Europe.
4.Issue of an Implementation Guide on this system.
Open and distance learning
Utilization and distribution of results
Other Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Information and Communication
open and distance learning
material for open learning