Guide Valbuk - the competence approach amoong low qualifed publics- the example of the cleaning sector

Bénédicte Halba (ed)

  • Publication : 2014
  • iriv

The project aims at implementing and using ECVET principles in order to facilitate access to lifelong learning and qualifications of migrant workers, paying hard difficulties in let their competences and skills be recognized for lifelong learning purposes and for moving in the job market. The project will address a specific and emblematic sector – defined by the occupations included in the area of cleaning services (“Hauswirschaft” as well as industrial services, or “Gebaude Reinigung”) – in which more open and flexible procedures allowing the recognition of prior learning are already foreseen, but currently not yet implemented, and in which many not qualified migrants (especially women) actually work.

The operational aims of the project are: to adopt a VQTS Matrix  in order to compare existing qualifications in the cleaning services sector, define a shared competence Matrix declined in units of learning outcomes (areas of competences) and steps of development (levels) of the competences on the basis of complexity of knowledge and skills, autonomy and responsibility, related to activities included in the Matrix; to define Guidelines, and related procedures, for the completion of a flexible and modular qualification pathway based on the Matrix, including criteria and standards for the assessment, transfer, validation and accumulation of learning outcomes achieved in formal, informal and non-formal contexts, according to Professional regulations and Guidelines for Validating learning existing in Switzerland and in the partner countries (including means for gaining complementary learning needed for achieving a whole qualification); to develop operational partnerships involving stakeholders and key actors of the above mentioned sector, in order to test and consolidate units and assessment procedures (Guidelines) in the framework of adults qualification pathways (based on validation of prior learning outcomes interlaced with formal training modules and workplace learning opportunities); to implement tools to disseminate the results of the project: a and a French weblog:

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