The I CARE project targets are those interested in the development of flexible training solutions, in facilitating mobility and access to work, in addressing the need for qualified professionals in the care and social sector and increased transparency of workers’ competences and qualifications (VET providers, labour market services and organisations in the field, social partners and authorities).
The project aims at the recognition of prior learning (formal, non-formal, informal) by agreeing on common learning outcomes and common assessment methods (changing the pathway and qualification within the same qualification system, formalising achieved learning outcomes, progressing or upgrading a qualification)
The ICARE partners have developed a common matrix of competences. The matrix describes learning outcomes distinguishing knowledge, skills and competences; but avoids uncoupling work tasks and global competences with cross-dispositions (attitudes). The essential cross-disposition (attitude) should be included in the learning outcome’s description itself. The ICARE matrix also elaborates different levels of learning outcome whenever they help to describe a professional profile.
The importance of ‘attitudes’ in care professions lead to the question how these attitudes can be assessed. The project decided that attitudes should not be assessed as such but again should be connected to daily actions and real situations. For instance, a care worker should understand the patients’ situation and should be able to perform the necessary actions respecting the specific physical and psychological conditions of the patient. In other words, while for the matrix, the different competences that belong to a specific work task have been analysed and distinguished, the assessment tasks synthesises them again to complete work tasks in ‘almost real’ situations. Consequently, the assessment takes place through a practical test related to these almost real situations. A short written test is also foreseen.
A suitable methodology for assigning and applying ECVET points to the selected vocational qualifications will be developed and applied.