Project Number D/02/B/F/PP-112 635
Project Type Pilot Project, project with multiplying effect (2000-2006)
Marketing Text All European social agencies today are faced with new challenges: changing demographic profiles, changing roles of customers and functions of socia...
All European social agencies today are faced with new challenges: changing demographic profiles, changing roles of customers and functions of social organisations, growing entrepreneurship in the sector, increasing national and European competition, increasing demands of clients and state and a fast growing market for social service provision. In order to cope with these challenges, social agencies all over Europe, especially in member states like Germany, where social agencies are forced by the state to assure quality standards at a national level, have now begun to adopt organisational restructuring concepts. However, the different practices in the sector have hindered the development of standards for vocational competences and skills, and this limits the effective use of tools and instruments for operational management. On the contrary, different management paradigms are leading to a growing lack of transparency of curricula, qualifications and certification. This not only limits transnational transferiblity and mobility within Europe, but also the transfer of vocational practice to the Candidate States (Czech Republic, Romania etc.) which - in the transition period of institutional modernisation – are obviously interested in adapting EC vocational standards, but miss the strategic interfaces enabling the transfer of vocational models in the social sector.
Furthermore, most vocational and continuing training in management skills in the social sector lags behind in the development of e-learning tools. Trainers and managers in the sector lack the ICT skills to develop, adopt and utlilise powerful e-learning environments, needed to adopt ICT and web based training (wbt) and learning methods.
There is growing interest from researchers and practitioners in sharing strategies, theories and methods for developing vocational and continuing training standards and for the implementation of e-learning platforms at a European level. The MAFF-project, developed in collaboratively by all the partners over the past year, and therefore submitted in the English language, is seen as a long term platform at the European level for the development, testing and dissemination of curricula, methods and materials in the social sector.
The core objectives underlying the MAFF project are
1) to benchmark different models of vocational and continuing training curricula, implemented through organisational restructuring in European enterprises in the social sector, in order to develop a transnational frame of reference for vocational practice;
2) to assess human resource development strategies and indicate best-practice models in the vocational and continuing training of managers and trainers in the social sector, transferable to social agencies at the transnational level;
3) to develop a curriculum model applicable at the European level, covering skills and competences, and enabling managers of social agencies:
• to conceptualize organisational change in social agencies,
• to develop clear programme structures for the delivery of services,
• to apply evaluation criteria for the assessment of quality-centred performance, leading to full acknowledge- ment within formal accreditation procedures and,
• to manage continuous improvement of services, allowing social agencies to adapt to permanently changing needs and demands.
4) to develop accreditation criteria in collaboration with regional and national organisations responsible for accreditation procedures;
5) to produce core teaching materials in 6 European languages (English, French, Spanish, German and Finnish) based on common accreditation criteria, adapted for computer and web-based training methods, and meeting the needs of social agencies;
6) to test the transferability and accreditation of the curriculum in 6 European and 2 associated countries (Romania / Czech Republic), with 2 test phases, carried out by national associations (Germany, Spain), public administrations (Finland, Italy) and non-governmental organizations (Czech Republic, Germany, France), participating in MAFF. To improve the test bed to its maximum, the project has several local and transnational partnerships between universities and social agencies to maximize inter-sectoral transfers of knowledge and practice,
7) to disseminate the outcomes through the partners` networks, transnational and national expert workshops, internet websites, publications and through the European ECSESS, which represents one of the most important networks of experts in the field of vocational development in the social sector.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Sectors Human Health and Social Work Activities