The current demographic situation in Europe is a challenge for the care sector. Elderly people make up a growing segment of the population and the demand for quality in elderly care is rising. The call for training is clear. Personalization in elderly care makes care and language skills more and more important to both the employee and the elderly person. The European Commission's new Rethinking Education strategy urges educational systems to respond to the real needs of today's society and looks to a strengthening of links between education and employers.
The care workforce across Europe is characterized by migrant workers with low educational attainment and limited majority language skills. Effective approaches to VET and work-related language training are needed. Research confirms that the workplace can be a rich environment for learning. Language training in combination with a supportive environment leads to better language development. Reflective discussion in daily work is a method to develop new knowledge and better ways of working.
The project aims to contribute to the development of vocational training for staff in the care sector by transfer and further development of the innovative results from the project ArbetSam and SpråkSam to different European countries. This means to transfer a new conceptual framework in training with a new methodology in which not only the target group for vocational training is involved, but also the managers and key personnel in the organization. This changes the focus from academic training to workplace training.
The consortium consists of partners chosen to make an efficient team. Within the consortium there is long experience and knowledge of running big and complex projects as well as specialist competence for vocational educational training and workplace and language learning. The core partners represent different organization forms and different competences that are crucial for the project result. The partners are chosen according to their knowledge and experience from different areas such as management, research, administration within elderly care, health care, VET, adult education, second language learning, workplace learning and intercultural issues.
The core of the innovative results are the focus on the workplace learning, the cooperation between vocational educational system and working life and the scaffolding and support for learners of a second language. The results (e.g. CEFR adapted to the elderly care context) will be exported, imported, developed, exploited and disseminated at a European level. The result of TDAR will be further developed methods and models for VET, where language skills, intercultural competence and adult education are integrated both in care and other sectors.
TDAR will contribute to the development of the VET system and make it more individualized and more influenced by the world of work. The project is situated within the regular systems for VET which ensures the sustainability of the results.