Title ELMI - ENHANCING LABOUR MARKET INTEGRATION OF ELDERLY FAMILY CARERS THROUGH SKILLS IMPROVING
Project Number 2013-1-RO1-LEO05-28764
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The ELMI project proposes a transfer of an e-learning training course for informal caregivers from Italy to Romania, and the analysis of its potential transfer to Poland and Czech Republic, helping them in their care role and offering them new skills to re-enter the labour market. Moreover, the training acquired in Romania will be recognized in Italy in the framework of ECVET agreement and this could also support a qualified mobility of workers in a sector where the presence of Romanian migrant workers is very relevantThe project aims also to develop a strategy to support transition from informal to formal care for former carers. The coordinator is Asociatia Habilitas - Centru de Resurse si Formare Profesionala - Romania. The consortium is formed by 7 partners from 5 countries: Romania, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and Austria.
Summary Eurocarers define a carer as “a person that looks after family, partners, friends or neighbours in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. The care they provide is unpaid.” In the EU27, 3% of people state that they care for an elderly or disabled relative several times a week, 4% do it once or twice a week and 8% do so less than once a week. Altogether, a quarter of people report being involved in caring for an elderly or disabled relative, amounting to 125 million carers in Europe. Caring, even if for a relative, requires a lot of skills and most of informal carers do not have the chance to attend classes (because of impossibility to leave the care recipient alone, and because in Romania the access to education in rural areas is limited). When the care person dies, the former carer may face the challenges of having been out of the workplace for a while, not being up to date with technology, a lack of confidence, or feel he/she no longer have the skills you once had. However, he/she may have acquired new skills as a carer that may be attractive to potential employers. The ELMI project aims at offering family carers the opportunity to strengthen their skills with an e-learning based course that will be transferred from Italy to Romania and which would give them not only useful information for their informal caring role, but also a solid background to start from when looking for a job in the care field. Moreover, the training acquired in Romania will be recognized in Italy in the framework of ECVET agreement and this could also support a qualified mobility of workers in a sector where the presence of Romanian migrant workers is very relevant (in Italy there are currently over 150.000 Romanian women working as home-caregivers). The project aims also to develop a strategy to support transition from informal to formal care for former carers. The consortium is formed by partners well-known at national level, with a wide experience in working with and training elderly carers, and members of European networks in the elderly care field (Alzheimer Europe, Eurocarers, Age Platform). The main products of the ELMI project will be the e-learning tool adapted to Romania's needs, the on-line platform of resources for family carers, the ECVET agreement between Italy and Romania and the strategy for re-insertion on labour market of family carers. The transferability of the products in Czech Republic and Poland will also be envisaged, as Eastern European countries are lacking training programs for carers. The ELMI project's impact is foreseen regarding the improvement of the family carers' access on the labour market in care professions, the facilitation of carers' access to training programmes using distance learning, the facilitation of migration and transparency of qualifications at European level through the implementation of the ECVET system in the care field, the social policies in supporting labour market re-insertion of care workers.
Concrete aims of this project are:
(1) Transfer to Romania of an e-learning based course for informal carers developed in Italy: the aim is to provide current informal carers with skills that can support their caring role, prevent stress and burn out and increase the quality of care for the recipient, in a way that can be sustainable from an economic (e-learning courses are cheaper) and practical (caregivers don’t have to leave the care recipient or to travel to attend the class) point of view. The e-learning course will enhance their skills in order to facilitate their re-insertion on the labour market as formal care workers.
(2) Develop a strategy to support transition from informal to formal care for former carers: the project will analyze how the skills acquired through the e-learning for informal carers can be used to enter the job market as professional carer. The project will also research how the training can be integrated with local and national policies for employment of former carers.
(3) Draft an ECVET Memorandum of Understanding to support mobility of trained carers: building on the MoUs developed in the framework of the LDV-IQEA project for home caregivers and health care assistants, the project will describe the skills acquired through the e-learning course in form of learning outcomes and will draft a MoU for the mutual acknowledgment of skills acquired in mobility between Italy and Romania. The certification of skills acquired by a third party and their integration within an ECVET based model would give them professional opportunities and the chance to apply the acquired skills in the framework of mobility.
(4) Analyse the transferability of the tool and of the overall strategy to Poland and Czech Republic: the project will analyze to which extent, with which investment and with which potential impact the training tool and the overall strategy for labour insertion of former carers could be transferred to other Eastern European countries such as Poland and Czech Republic.
Open and distance learning
Recognition, transparency, certification
Sectors Human Health and Social Work Activities
open and distance learning
program or curricula
Product information The result is an e-learning course specifically targeting family carers (i.e. persons taking care for free of a vulnerable member of their household or of a friend) of older persons. The course aims to support the acquisition of skills and competences useful to provide better care but also to reduce the risk of stress and burn out and - more generally speaking - allowing carers to better cope with the challenges of their role. The course is available on the web (http://corso.caregiverfamiliare.it) and it is made of 18 didactic units, for an overall of 60 hours. the ELMI project is going to transfer the course contents to Romania: texts will be translated to Romanian and - wherever necessary - also adapted to the Romanian context. 2 modules will also be available for Poland and Czech Republic. ANS will provide all the necessary support, including the technological one. It will be integrated in a strategy aimed to support labour re-insertion of former carers (and this is not the case for the original tool). The acquired competencies will also be described (both for Italy and Romania) in learning outcomes and their connection with current professional profiles for home care workers will be seeked, in order to create the basis for an ECVET agreement that might support transnational mobility of these workers.