EUPA Newsletter #2

30th of September 2010

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Based on the EU policies related to the recognition of qualifications, EUPA's main objective is to develop a model for the recognition and validation of the qualifications of the sector of personal assistants based on learning outcomes.
The sector of personal assistants has been selected as the target group for the following reasons:

  1. Personal assistants (PAs) do not have any academic qualifications which makes the validation of other skills and competences a necessity.
  2. Most of the economically inactive women, when entering the labour market, request  a position as a secretary of a personal assistant but in many cases they lack formal qualifications. This means that evaluating their non formal and informal learning will ease their access to the employment market.
  3. A personal assistant is of great importance in every European company and their role has been upgraded during the last decade.

EUPA consists of several steps through which the qualification framework is developed, based on research that identifies the importance of different learning outcomes. An assessment tool is also developed to assess the knowledge, skills and competences of PAs. Additionally training modules are designed and developed for different learning outcomes. Main deliverables are in Greek, English, Swedish, Slovak.

The objectives of EUPA are being achieved through an innovative methodology where assessment is performed before and after the training of different target sectors. EUPA aims to raise awareness on the issue of qualifications recognition for low activity countries(GR,CY,SK) while it develops assessment and methodological tools, materials etc to support the recognition of qualifications.
Objectives News Deliverables Steering Committee Meetings & Workshops



The project’s objectives are:

  • To develop a Qualifications Framework (QF) for Pas based on learning outcomes.
  • To identify learning outcomes that may be easier to be developed through non formal and informal learning and to use this information to design methodological tools.
  • To develop with the aid of an Assessment Tool, a European certification for Secretaries and PAs. The Assessment Tool will be two dimensional and will use different methodological tools for the assessment of different learning outcomes.
  • To develop a modular curriculum and training material that will enable PAs to certify and to assign credits to the modules of this curriculum.


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Analysis of the research results were published on the On the EUPA project web page http://www.mmclearningsolutions.com/Project.

The findings of the three research studies (Personal Assistants, Managers and Stakeholders) were presented by UK Partner to the CfA (UK).
CfA is the National Standard Body for Business and Administration, designing standards, endorsing qualifications, developing frameworks and providing consultancy. This meeting assisted partners in the development of a Qualifications Framework for PAs, based on learning outcomes, from research, that will be classified into knowledge, skills and competences.

And at the same time it was a strong dissemination activity for EuPA.



EUPA is Progressing...



The following deliverables are under process:

Qualification Framework (Del. 5).

This involves the design of a framework, including all the qualifications of a PA. The goal of the Qualifications Framework to produce EQF (European Qualifications Framework) and ECVET (European Credit System for VET) compatible qualifications.

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Commitee Meetings & Workshops

The Assessor’s Training Workshop will take place in Larisa, Greece, on the 17th of January 2011. One assessor from each partner country will attend the workshop, in order to learn to use the EUPA  Assement TOOL, and thus be able to assess PAs in their own country. The training of assesors will be delivered by the UK and Cyprus partners who were involved in the development of the assesment tool.

During the meeting of the partners in Larisa, there will be a Steering Commitee on 18th of January 2011.





Upon completion of the Qualifications Framework partners will evaluate the framework (Deliverable 6), and translate it into Greek and Slovak (Deliverable 7).

Additionally the Assesment tool (Del 8) will be developed and will be used for the assesors training that will take place in Larissa. The Assesment Tool will also be evaluated by the partners (Del. 9) and will be translated into Greek & Slovak (Del. 10) and will be used to assess PAs in Cyprus, Greece and Slovakia.


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Qualification Framework (Del. 5)  is under process.

This involves the design of a framework, including all the qualifications of a PA. The goal of the Qualifications Framework to produce EQF (European Qualifications Framework) and ECVET (European Credit System for VET) compatible qualifications.

Rules of combination should therefore be produced for designing these qualifications. Based on the analysis of the results of the research, learning outcomes are being written down and need to be classified into categories based on the jobs performed and will be assigned a weight.

The tables involve the Learning outcomes of each work area, the credits assigned to a task, the field in which Learning outcomes are implemented, the knowledge required and the type of assessment that is needed for validating Learning outcomes.

According to the booklet called Guidance for developing rules of combination for the Qualifications and credit framework, issued by the Qualification and Curriculum Authority: “Rules of combination specify the credits that need to be achieved, through the completion of particular units, for a qualification to be awarded. All accredited qualifications within the QCF must have a set of rules of combination. These rules must be presented using a standard format”.
Qualifications will be described by Levels (Entry Level to level 8) and Units.

After the composition of the Qualification Framework, this will be evaluated by partners (Del. 6) and translated into Slovak and Greek (Del. 7).



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 This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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