Title Improving Qualification for Elderly Assistants - IQEA Evolution
Project Number 510449-LLP-1-2010-1-ITLEONARDO
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text Project goal is implementing an ECVET system to favorite the moving of well trained workforce from one to the other of the 3 EU countries involved in the actions: Italy, Romania and Poland. Cause of aging of population and birth decreasing, Italy registers a high demand of workers in elderly care-giving, satisfied by migrant women mostly coming from Eastern Europe, often lacking of specific training. In Romania, the transition to a free market economy has left aftermaths: the elderly have been mostly excluded from initiatives in social and health care; there is no social care network for many old people suffering chronic illness; cause of migration, Romania registers a lack of health care personnel including nurses. About Poland: Italy is the second favorite destination for those migrant workers after Germany; 100.000 are esteemed in Italy, 75% women mostly working as care workers and also that country is facing shortage of nurses.
Aim of the project is developing and experimenting an ECVET system for professional profile of elderly caregiver, providing assistance at home or in nursing homes/shelters. The process will lead to sign a partnership agreement between Italian, Romanian and Polish institutions allowing students to obtain credits, achieving a qualification in the care field recognized all over the territories of experimentation regardless of the training institution issuing the diploma. This will make the training system more transparent, relied to real needs of the job market, promoting workers mobility and supporting new services for elderly people.
The foreseen steps are: A) Definition of the concerning professional profile (functions, knowledge and competences) by comparing analysis of professional profiles and available qualifications in all involved countries, taking in account local policies and organization of social services. Professional areas will be identified also related to European Qualification Framework (EQF) model and Europass system. B) Definition of training units and related credits by involving practitioner and social work experts of the participating countries. Those units will allow the trainees acquiring of basic skills on elderly care, basic health care practices and transversal competences related to job organization. C) Joint definition of common standards for training delivery (schedule, methods, classes and practices alternation, tools for validating acquired competences, use of ICT technologies). D) Joint definition of procedure to assess learning. The system will be afterwards experimented in the involved territories: Italy (Sardinia and Friuli Regions), Romania and Poland.
Testing the developed tools, also related to regional policies on caregivers qualification and validation of non-formal and informal learning, will involve at least 130 learners: 80 in Italy (40 in Sardinia Region, 40 in Friuli Venezia Giulia Region), 25 in Poland, 25 in Romania.
Description The aim of the project is testing new and effective instruments for the needs of elderly care-giving and integrating the local social policies. The experimenting will allow local institutions to adopt correct strategies to avoid that one of the weakest component of population (the elderly, especially those not self-sufficient) rest without an assistance, so lengthening the life of an old people band, consenting them to take longer part to social life of communities. It will be realized by using EQF systems and Europass models. The project is linked to results of: a past project LLP-LDV-TOI titled "Talenti di cura", realized by Italian partner “Consorzio Anziani e non solo”; an EQUAL project titled “Aspasia” also realized by Consorzio Anziani e non solo”; a Leonardo project titled “AILA” realized by German partner IAT. An innovating aspect of the proposal is the methodology for analyzing and describing proper skills in a professional area still lacking of certitudes and formalisms. Furthermore, there will be tested new instruments in professional training, suitable to assure the acquiring of right competences and abilities by participants. So the project paths will experiment effective models for sector skills recognition. Moreover, referring to the actual situation of involved territories, the identified trans-national partnership will allow to promote a higher quality and well planned mobility, related to effective needs. The project partners will consent to test the model efficacy, avoiding to omit or postpone appropriate verifications. Actually, Regions in Italy and Counties in Romania and Poland are the competent institutions governing the professional sector; this will consent the direct adopting of proposed models for professional training in home caregivers. The trans-national actions of the project will also promote the European diffusion of tested system. After all, the skills certifying model will be an effective instrument to fight sector illegal job.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
description of new occupation profiles
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Product information The strategy aims to influence institutional, educational and social systems of territories involved, to promote adoption of models and procedures tested by the project, transferring results so to improve local policies according to regional, national and European targets. Spreading later to other EU countries, will be undertaken the support of local institutions in Italy, Poland and Romania to give testing visibility, disseminate results, predict the sector impact and promote adopting of instruments and procedures. Will be realized the following actions: 1) analysis of the involved regions social realities, comparing policies in home (or not) elderly care assistance, so as in foreigners integration, related with the findings of a past Leonardo project realized by German partner IAT; 2) definition and consequent sharing of various professional profiles acting in elderly care; 3) definition and consequent sharing of training and skills recognition system developed according to ECVET methodology; 4) improvement of local job demand and offer matching systems; 5) best practices dissemination to further areas not involved in project testing. A well structured process will be enabled for the following purposes: 1) improvement of care assistance and consequently elderly quality of life; 2) improvement of local health and care public systems; 3) qualification of regional job demand and offer matching systems by public registers of home care assistants; 4) dissemination of project tools and procedures to other local systems. To achieve this, when the results of ECVET methodology will be available and shared, in the involved territories will be realized: n. 2 workshops, one for each of the two Italian partner regions; n. 1 workshop in Poland and n. 1 workshop in Romania; n. 1 transnational conference in Italy; n. 1 publication in four languages (English, Italian, Polish and Romanian); n. 1 project website; n. 1 collection of video interviews to the project stakeholders.