Title CompAAL - Developing qualification profiles for jobs in Ambient-Assisted Living
Project Number 518218-LLP-1-2011-1-DE-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text Rationale of this project was the demographic change and the resulting increasing demand for geriatric care and the increasing individualisation of society. Concepts of ambient-assisted living (AAL) include products and services aiming at connecting technology and social needs with the goal to increase quality and length of independant living for elderly. Ambient assisted living is not only an issue of technological research and development, but also a rapidly growing economic sector creating new jobs. The complexity of all the useful innovations in the field of AAL need professionals who know how to incorporate, install, service, and use these devices. A set of new qualifications and skills profiles for these new challenges is relevant to employees from various backgrounds. The consortium defined 5 professional profiles in the field of AAL by learning outcomes. Those profiles are accompanied by training guidelines for training institutions following the principles of ECVET.
CompAAL has developed AAL job profiles based on the sectoral market needs identified at European level. On the basis of these profiles, training guidelines were elaborated, supporting VET institutions throughout Europe to set-up appropriate VET measures that meet the requirements in the AAL sector. Thus CompAAL provided tools to improve the quality of VET, facilitate high performance by high-qualified staff, and bring in innovation and a European dimension into VET systems and practices in the AAL sector.
Professionals working in the field are ICT specialists, as well as geriatric staff, architects and facility managers, who need an innovative trans-disciplinary further vocational training, which combines latest technological know-how with knowledge about elderly and health care. CompAAL supported VET institutions in setting-up such innovative trainings based on the requirements of the AAL sector and thus improve VET quality.
CompAAL was a project of a consortium of 11 European partner organisations from 9 different countries. The project partners were from Austria, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Spain and United Kingdom.
CompAAL identified the main needs and requirements in jobs in the field of AAL in the participating countries and the knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes), which are insufficiently trained in the framework of related qualification programmes. For this purpose, each project partner carried out a desk research analysing all available studies and extracting the learning outcomes, i.e. knowledge, skills and competences needed for AAL related jobs.
Additionally, CompAAL carried out field research to specify and collect competence in the framework of a field study, professionals in the field of AAL respectively their employers were interviewed in all participating countries using a standardised questionnaires in order to specify the knowledge, skills and competence needs in this area. A small field research was carried out at European level, by investigating the projects currently funded under the AAL-Europe Joint Programme, in order to get an overview of AAL jobs and competence needs in the R&D area and needs in AAL related jobs.
The results of the desk and field research in all countries involved in CompAAL were compared and common ground determined. Based on the similarities, the 4-5 most relevant AAL job profiles for all participating countries were identified and European specialist profiles were draftet, includig all relevant knowledge, skills and competences.
Also, on the basis of the competence needs identified by the desk and field research, the project partners made an attempt to set-up AAL qualification profiles for their respective country.
VET and appropriate learning units need learning outcomes in order to be able to train AAL specialists. The project partners therefore identified learning outcomes based on the European AAL specialist profiles.
Usability and quality of the European specialist profiles and training guidelines were an important objective target for the CompAAL consortium. In order to guarantee usability and quality it was passed on to experts in charge of VET policy, VET providers, employers and employees in the field of AAL.
Feedback obtained by the experts and stakeholders was crucial and analysed by the project partners, because critics and suggestions will be used for the revision of the project results to better meet the needs of all relevant stakeholders.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
Utilization and distribution of results
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
transparency and certification
description of new occupation profiles
The Main innovative elements and outcomes foreseen by the development of CompAAL project were:
1. Definition of a set of 5 European qualification profiles for jobs in the field of ambient-assisted living: AAL Consultant
AAL Maintenance Specialist, AAL Solutions and System Developer, AAL System Architect, AAL Community Manager, mapping knowledge, competences and skills aligned to the eCF/EQF.
2. XML-based versions of the job profiles.
3. Guidelines for training institutions complying to the principles of the ECVET so that they can set up training offers in the field of ambient-assisted living professions accordingly.