A new project to investigate the skills and competences needed for Ambient Assisted Living jobs

A recently started project (CompAAL) investigates the skills and competences neededfor Ambient Assisted Living related jobs.  The ageing society will need a lot more specialised jobs than exist today. New skills profiles have to be set-up for professionals from various backgrounds, for example architects building AAL compatible homes, staff of ambulatory home care, and most of all IT specialists in order to enable them to design AAL systems and interfaces, to manage interoperability, as well as to create, manage and moderate social networks.
The project is funded by the Lifelong Learning programme of the European Commission. During 24 months CompAAL will generate:
  • A set of defined professions in the field of ambient-assisted living;
  • National qualification profiles in the field of professions in ambient-assisted living described by learning outcomes that will lead to
  • Comprehensive European qualification profiles;
  • Guidelines for training institutions complying with the principles of the ECVET

What skills do you need for a Green ICT Job?

The new Green IT node project investigates the needed skills and competences for green ICT jobs. The project started in November 2011 and address the shortage of skilled professionals in the Green IT field. During the 24 months of the project, Green IT node  will analyse the market needs, the existing trainings available for the different components and competences, and define a professional standard in the participating European countries. 

Green IT node will develop European specialist profiles that are in compliance with the principles of the European metaframeworks EQF/e-CF and ECVET as well as guidelines for developing/setting-up further vocational training measures for Green ICT jobs. The expected impact will allow for comparable skills sets for these professions of the future which supports the European labour market and tus, the employability of professionals while at the same time contributing to one of the major challenges of Europe 2020.
Green IT node is funded by Lifelong Learning programme of the European Commission.

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Relating national qualifications levels to the appropriate levels of the European Qualification Framework (EQF)

European countries participating in « Education and Training 2020 » have been invited to relate their national qualifications levels to the appropriate levels of the EQF and to indicate in all new qualification certificates, diplomas and Europass documents the relevant EQF level.

The results can be found in the « Compare Qualifications Frameworks » page, where it is possible to compare how national qualifications levels of countries that have already finalised their referencing process are been linked to the EQF.

The EQF portal also provides information on:

– « EQF implementation« 
– « Key Terms » that are agreed by all countries participating in the EQF
– « Documentation » such us legal text of the recommendation on the establishment of the EQF, other key policy documents and EQF notes.
– « Useful links« 
– « EQF Newsletter« 

More information

Referencing National Qualifications Levels to the EQF

How can National qualification systems be adapted to a common European denominator? The third note of the European Qualification Framework Series informs on the recent discussions and decisions concerning the implementation of the European Qualification Framework (EQF)

International experience on the development of European and National Qualification Frameworks

On 21 October 2010 in Budapest, Tempus Public Foundation with support of Ministry of National Resources and the European Commission has organized an international conference to share the development experience on how the various National Qualifications Frameworks were elaborated so far to correspond to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) with the aim to make the national qualification systems interchangeable and to offer more transparency for learners both on national and international levels.

Presentation topics:

  • Mr. Mike COLES (International Expert; UK): The EQF in EU Education Policy and the added value of National Qualifications Frameworks
  • Mr. Eduard STAUDECKER (Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture; AT): National Qualifications Framework in Austria – Design, Processes & Stakeholder involvement
  • Prof. Mile DZELALIJA (Leader of CROQF Expert Team; HR): Development and implementation of the CROatian Qualifications Framework
  • Dr. Anna MURPHY (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland; IE): The development and implementation of the Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications
  • Prof. Riitta PYYKKÖ (Chair of the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council; FI): Development of the Finnish National Qualifications Framework
  • Mr. József TEMESI (Project Leader; HU): Designing and implementing a national qualifications framework: the Hungarian case

Naturally, next to the presentations, all the participants had opportunity to raise questions and share comments – moderated by Ms. Judit VISI, Ms. Éva TÓT and Mr. András DERÉNYI.

Further information and useful links:

New EU plans for employment and lifelong learning

On 27 October 2010, the European Commission released a Communication entitled « Towards a Single Market Act ». Its overall objective is to propose 50 measures to improve our work, business and exchanges with one another. Three proposals are more specifically related to access to employment and lifelong learning (see pp.24-25 of the document):

Proposal No 33: In 2012 the Commission will propose a legislative initiative to reform the systems for the recognition of professional qualifications, on an evaluation of the acquis in 2011, in order to facilitate the mobility workers and adapt training to current labour market requirements. As this proposal, the possibility of a professional card will be evaluated.

Proposal No 34: The Commission will develop, in cooperation with the Member States, a ‘Youth on the Move card’ helping all young people to move to another Member State to study. It will expand its ‘Youth on the Move’ Internet site by providing information on distance learning and opportunities to study and train in Europe.

Proposal No 35: The Commission will implement the European qualifications framework in partnership with the Member States. It will propose a Council Recommendation to promote and validate training outside
the classroom (non-formal and informal learning). It will also propose the creation of a ‘European Skills Passport’ enabling individuals to record the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their lives. It will establish a bridge between the European Qualifications Framework and the nomenclature of occupations in Europe.