Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text CATE created a professional profile for an EU care worker in order to enhance employment perspective of care workers willing to move, especially in Central and Northern Europe. A matrix provides information about the requirements of a care worker in each participating country. A toolbox of assessment methods gives a guideline of the state of knowledge und which competences for beginning of work in another country are necessary. In addition, unit descriptions (ECVET-like) describe skills, competences and knowledge of an EU care worker.
Europe is confronted with the ageing of the people. Whether they want to live at home or decide to stay at nursing homes, they need intense (health) care. To provide more care, Europe needs more qualified care workers. By the end of 2020 Europe expects a striking lack competent care workers.
Especially in Germany and Finland this need is already now very high. Bavaria has, so says the Federal Employment Agency, a lack of 10.000 workers in social and health care. In Finland, according the ministry of employment, they expect a lack from 20.000 to 59.000 care workers until 2025.
With its collectively developed products, the project stimulates the possibility for care workers in Europe to find a job in Central and Northern Europe. In the partner countries DK and NL (at the moment) there is a surplus of care workers. Youth unemployment in ES is a great challenge. The project provides transparency in the participating countries by formulating learning outcomes for care workers. It could be particularly useful in times of high unemployment and economic crisis.
With its products, the project also improves and increases employment mobility in Europe. The consortium developed units of common learning outcomes which cover parts of the qualification files of the vocational courses which the partner countries offer. For better comparability, the learning units rely on ECVET standards and EQF levels. Based on the learning outcomes the project group in cooperation with the work field created a European profile for workers in elderly care. This European profile simplifies and secures the overview of skills and competences needed in elderly care in the partner countries by using assessment methods to certify qualifications.
After setting up the EU Profile, the Matrix, the Assessment and the Unit descriptions, CATE and its materials were successfully presented to counsillors and care workers willing to work abroad. There, feedback was very promising. After the end of the project, conditions are promising to assess national care workers, see what they lack of knowledge (when willing to go abroad), look for and/or establish suitable training courses and present them to employers in EU countries.
In this way, CATE can stay alive, be used and/or adapted over project lifetime and improve mobility of care workers in the EU.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Sectors Human Health and Social Work Activities
program or curricula
Partners implemented successfully:
-The development of an European profile for care workers in the care of elderly together with the working field and experts. The profile is described in learning outcomes
-The European profile is validated on EQF-level under involvement of national bodies in the partner countries. Stakeholders can take part using the memorandum of understanding
-creation of a matrix in order to compare the European profile with the national qualifications of the partner countries.
-development of an assessment tool to measure formal, non-formal and informal learning of care workers (and to measure the overlaps between national care workers and the EU profile)
-piloting of assessment.