Title Improving Mobility and Career Paths for Personal Care and Social Workers (I-Care)
Project Number 191134-LLP-1-2010-1-IT-LEONARDO-ECVET
Project Type Other EU-Projects
Individual Participation Not possible
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text A high number of personal care and social workers are currently mobile across Europe, but the recognition of competences gained in other contexts and learning settings is hardly achievable, as they do not hold specific or equivalent qualifications. In Italy there are more than 693.000 personal care workers, of which 619.000 are foreigners with heterogeneous qualifications. Lombardy Region hosts more than 100.000 foreigners working in the sector, of which 66% from Eastern Europe. The lack of common methodologies and frameworks for evaluation, transfer, validation and recognition of learning outcomes still delays a full labour market integration and the development of human capital. An experimental application of the ECVET system for the establishment of a recognition model in the field of personal care must be undertaken. The radical reform of the whole VET and labour regional system implemented in Lombardy in 2005, makes it a qualified context for such an application.
Project activities will focus on seven vocational qualifications included in the Regional Framework for Professional Profiles (QRSP) of the Lombardy Region and, in particular, in the qualification subsystem of Social Services and Personal Care.
The Regional Framework for Professional Profiles (QRSP) was last reviewed on the 30th of July 2008.
Vocational qualifications directly concerned by the project are listed below. Each profile is defined according to International Classification ISCO-88 and National Classification ISTAT 2001:
1. Family assistant/caregiver (personal care home workers;domestic workers and similar)
2. Dental assistant (dental assistants; dental hygienist)
3. Colf (domestic help and related, household cleaning; domestic workers and similar)
4. Assistant Associate Assistance – ASA
5. Care operator – OSS
6. Hygiene operator (cleaners in offices, hotels, and other buildings; workers not skilled in cleaning services in enterprises, public bodies and related)
7. Baby Sitter (employee of care services; supervision of children and similar).
Main candidates to the qualifications concerned are the high number of personal care and social workers that are currently mobile across Europe (in Italy 619.000 foreigners with heterogeneous qualification levels; in Lombardy 100.000) who possess competences coherent, at least partially, with the list of qualifications, which cannot be fully validated and recognised for a lack of transparency in the national systems. The development and application of methodologies for Validation of Prior Learning, according to EQF standards, and the application of ECVET to the Personal Care and Social Work Qualification Subsystem will allow the recognition of competences gained in other contexts (countries, institutions or systems) and learning settings (formal, non-formal, or informal ways of learning).
The I CARE project has a set of objectives which mainly focuses on the adaptation of the already existing system of vocational qualifications in coherence with the ECVET framework, and on the testing and development of relevant tools for a steady application of ECVET principles and specifications in all participating countries (Italy, Germany, Romania, Poland).
The main objectives of the project can be summarised as follows:
1. Adaptation of vocational qualifications (in the care sector)and their description in terms of units of learning outcomes in order to make them comply with the ECVET technical specifications
2. Development and application of a suitable methodology for assigning and applying ECVET points to the selected vocational qualifications in the Lombardy Vocational Qualification Sub-System relating to personal care and social work qualifications
3. Adoption and development of a suitable common methodology for evaluating learning outcomes (including Validation of Prior Learning acquired in non formal and informal contexts)
4. Adoption, development and testing of a learning outcome transfer process among partner countries including evaluation, validation, accumulation and recognition of learning outcomes for the purpose of awarding qualifications, whatever the learning context (formal, non-formal and informal),
5. Establishment of a stable consortium among partner institutions and definition of a joint work programme for the application of the learning outcomes transfer model.
The achievement of the above-mentioned objectives will be propaedeutic for reaching the following aims:
- To facilitate recognition of competences gained in other contexts (countries, institutions or systems) and learning settings (formal, non-formal, or informal ways of learning) for personal care and social workers travelling across Europe
- To facilitate lifelong learning paths development in the personal care sector by adopting and developing tools and methodologies for the evaluation, transfer, validation and recognition of learning outcomes, as well as transition mechanisms from one qualification to another
- To facilitate labour market integration for foreign people willing to work (with a recognised qualification) in the personal care and social work sector
The Consortium is designed to ensure broad representation and to ensure, quality, dissemination and self sustainability of outputs. In particular, the consortium is characterised by the presence of the main and potential stakeholders (public and private) of project results, the representation of potential intermediary and final users of products at the transnational level. The main impact envisaged concerns transparency of qualification system in personal care and social work services, as well as improvement of co-operation among partner countries.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
transparency and certification
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Expected products to be delivered:
- Identification of Qualifications Relating to Personal Care and Social Work in Partner Countries (repository of qualifications and their structure in terms of learning outcomes and EQF equivalences)
- Analysis of Existing Methodological Approaches for the Application of ECVET at the National/Regional/Sectoral Level (analysis framework and report)
- Assessment of Transparency of the Qualifications Concerned and Identification of the Most Suitable Methodological Approach (operational guidelines)
- The Vocational Qualifications Description in Relation to the ECVET Framework (repository of qualifications and their structure according to ECVET technical specifications)
- Assignment of ECVET Points to Relevant Qualifications (operational guidelines)
- Learning Outcomes Evaluation (operational guidelines)
- Learning Outcome Transfer Process/Model (operational guidelines)
- Memoranda of Understanding (framework document of cooperation and networking between the partners)
- Learning Outcome Transfer Process Test (prototype)