Title AMICO - Assessment of Migrants' Competences in the Elderly Care
Project Number DE/12/LLP-LdV/TOI/147545
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Due to demographic change in Western European societies, there is an increasing demand for personnel in the Elderly Care. This demand is often covered by personnel from abroad. The TOI project “AMiCo – Assessment of Migrants’ Competences in the Elderly Care” addressed this fact. Within the 2 years of its duration, the project developed a web site with country specific and vocational specific information, featuring a self assessment tool (AMiCo tool) for assessment of vocational competences in the Elderly Care. The site and tool particularly address elderly care givers wishing to work abroad, but are also of great use to employers, vocational organizations and key actors of the labor market. The AMiCo tool provides the elderly care givers with comprehensive feedback regarding their level of vocational competences and gives them recommendations for the acquisition of supplementary competences which are necessary for the aspired activity.
The AMiCo project addressed four main objectives:
1. Testing of the implementation and usage of ECVET (the European system for accumulation and transfer of credit points in Vocational Education and Training) in the field of Elderly Care in the countries involved
2. Transfer to Germany of the results of the DOI project “IQEA-Improving Qualification for Elderly Assistants” (Project Nr. 510449-LLP-2010-IT-LMP): the description of competences of the elderly care professionals for Italy, Poland and Romania ("learning outcomes") has been transferred to Germany, thus including the German profiles. Furthermore, the description of competences needed for culturally sensitive care - which were not included in IQEA - has been added within the framework of AMiCo.
3. Comparability of the job profiles and vocational activities in the elderly care among the European countries involved in the project through the development of a multingual Self-Assessment-Tools (AMiCo-Tool) in Romanian, Polish, Italian, German and English for the assessment of formal, non formal and informal acquired competences in the elderly care and of a multilingual web page (German, Italian, English, Romanian, Polish and Bulgarian).
4. Promotion of the mobility of qualified personnel in the elderly care sector in Europe.
The AMiCo web page and tool not only offer information and orientation to Elderly Care professionals regarding the labor market of their receiving country. They also enable facilities of stationary Elderly Care, providers of ambulant care services and placement agencies in the field of Elderly Care, to hire personnel according to their professional competences and qualifications. Of course, the AMiCo products may also be used by organizations in the field of vocational education and advice, employers and key actors of the labor market (e.g. labor agency, job Centers).
Partners of the project are:
- beramí berufliche Integration e.V., Burgstr. 106, 60389 Frankfurt (DE)
- Balkanplan Ltd, 99 G.S. Rakovski Street, 1000 Sofia (BG)
- Asociatia Habilitas Centrul de Resurse si Formare Profesionala,Aleea Valea Rosie nr. 4, 61738 Bucuresti, (RO)
- DRK-Landesverband Hessen e.V., staatlich anerkannte Lehranstalt für Altenpflege (RotkreuzCampus), Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 28, 61476 Konberg in Taunus 8DE)
- ANS Anziani e Non Solo, Via Lenin 55, 41012 Carpi (MO), (IT)
- TRANSFER, Wielowiejska 28, 04-884 Warsaw (PL)
- CJD Maximiliansau, Rheinstrasse 1, 76744 Woerth (Rhein) (DE)
Due to demographic change of Western European societies, there is an increasing demand for professional personnel in the Elderly Care which ist frequently covered by professionals from abroad, often from Poland or Romania. The heterogeneity of vocational education systems in Europe makes the assessment of qualifications difficult, hindering the professionals’ mobility. Therefore, Eastern European professionals wishing to work abroad need information on possibilities of acknowledgement, further VET, requirements regarding the professional profiles in the receiving countries, and language trainings to prepare for the challenges they will face on the receiving labor market.
AMiCo developed a multilingual informational web page and an ICT based self assessment tool (AMiCo tool) to provide the above mentioned crucial orientation. AMiCo draws on the result of the previous European project “Improving Qualification for Elderly Assistants – IQEA Evolution” (Leonardo Development of Innovation, Project Nr. 510449-LLP-2010-IT-LMP). The AMiCo-Tool alos refers to the developed instrument in the context of the EU-Leonardo Project “Talenti di Cura/ Care Talents (LLP-LDV/TOI/2007/IT/011) that helps to assess professionally relevant experiences and competences that were acquired formally, informally or non-formally.
The first step in the AmiCo-project was the transfer to Germany of the ECVET competence descriptions and learning outcomes that were developed within the project IQEA for Italy, Poland and Romania for elderly carers who work in the private care or in facilities that provide Elderly Care. Similarly, the competences for the job profile of the geriatric care worker in Germany were described and compared to other profiles; finally ECVET-points were given.
With the co-operation of all the partners of the project a catalogue of questions and exercises was developed in English and subsequently translated into German, Rumanian, Polish and Italian. This catalogue of questions and exercises refers to the descriptions of competences and learning outcomes and is the core of the assessment-tool. This catalogue of questions and exercises has been tested with experts and end users in each of the participating countries. The catalogue has been revised according to the results of the testings and its final version has been uploaded by the end of June 2014 and linked to the AMiCo-Homepage.
The AMiCo-tool assures the identification and recording of experiences and competences that were acquired formally, informally or non-formally and that are relevant for the work in the Elderly care sector.
In addition, the tool helps to have an extensive assessment and classification of competences, knowledges and skills for the work in Elderly care according to the mentioned ECVET-descriptions of competences. The AMiCo tool provides the users with comprehensive feedback regarding their level of vocational competences and gives them recommendations regarding supplementary competences that should be acquired before migration. This way, correspondences/discrepancies can be identified and the possibilities and fields of employment in the country of destination are more transparent.
The AMiCo online assessment tool is linked to the AMiCo internet platform which provides persons with work experiences in the Elderly care who aim at working in the field of Elderly care abroad (people who are willing to migrate to other EU-countries or migrants that already live abroad) with relevant information about the job market of the specific country, teh qualifications existing in the countries, with information with respect to work permit, possibilities of counseling and qualification, possibilities to finance advanced training.
The work packages were distributed among the partners according to their competences and experiences as well as their role/function in the consortium. To guarantee the effectiveness of work, transnational meetings took place before and after the respective Project steps. This allowed for the final discussion of previous results as well as of suitable approaches and working methods for the following tasks. In the different phases of the project, the various target groups have been involved – above all according to the objectives in the testing phase and the dissemination of the project results.
The sustainability of the transfer has been guaranteed through different strategies aimed at ensuring results and through dissemination activities: Information and involvement of relevant stakeholders at local, regional, national and European level with the aim to spread the results of the project: political decision-maker; stakeholder in the field of initial and continuing vocational education and training, employers associations in the field of Elderly Care. These actors have been continuously informed by the partner organizations and have been involved in dissemination activities.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
transparency and certification
The central products of the project are the AMiCo web site and the AMiCo self-assement tool, a moodle based online assessment tool. The products primarily address Elderly Care professionals wishing to migrate and work abroad. In addition, the products are of value to organizations in the field of vocational education and advice, employers and key actors of the labor market (e.g. labor agency, job centers).
Users of the AMiCo web site are provided with relevant information on the receiving countries regarding: professional profiles and activities in the Elderly Care, recognition of foreign certificates, health system, legal information with respect to working admission, further vocational training and information on language acquisition. The web site is multilingual (English, Polish, Romanian, German, Italian and Bulgarian).
As the central feature of the site, the AMiCo tool helps users to autonomously assess their vocational competences by providing questionnaires and exercises with regard to: nutrition, first aid, hygiene, mobilization, ethic, environment, communication as well as intercultural sensitivity in the Elderly Care. These topics have already been worked on in a previous project (“Improving Qualification for Elderly Assistants – IQEA Evolution“, Leonardo Development of Innovation, 2010-2013, Submission Nr. 510449-LLP-1-2010-1-IT-Leonardo-LMP), and have been formulated in a framework of learning units and ECVET credit points.
The users of the AMiCo tool receive detailed feedback on their level of competences in the respective fields. At the same time, correspondences/discrepancies between the competences of the users and the competences required by the receiving labor market will be identified, and the individual user is provided with recommendations regarding supplementary competences. After completing the tests and exercises of the self-assessment, the user of the AMiCo tool receives two documents: one which “certificates” that he/she have completed the self-assessment and includes the list of competences she/he has been positively assessed; the second document lists the country of destination choosed by the user, the qualifications existing in this country, the skills that have been assessed and the maximum of ECVET-points reachable with the self-assessment. Both documents are not official recognized but they are intended as an orientation for the users.
The AMiCo self-assessment tool and the AMiCo Homepage are available online and they have received so far a very positive feedback from stakeholders. In Germany for example the ZAV - the Central Placement Office of the Federal Employment Agency has included both Instrument as Standard Instruments of its advising- and Placement activities.
Projecthomepage http://amico-online.org AND http://www.berami.de/index.php?p=132 AND http://amico-tool.org