Qualification assessments for refugee training and employment: Fasttrack with ECVET and Skillsbank
Erasmus+ VET KA2 Strategic Partnership (2016-2018) NO, AT, BE, ES, DE, FR, IT, PT, TR
NTI-MMM: Multilateral Monitoring and Management 2016-1-NO01-KA202-022083
The world is facing an unprecedented displacement crisis. Today, almost 60 million people are forcibly displaced as a result of violent conflicts and natural disasters. By end of February 2016, over 1.1 million people refugees, displaced persons and other migrants have made their way to Europe either escaping conflict and serious threats in their country or in search of better economic prospects.
Skillsbank (LdV 2011-1-1-NO1-LEO05-03275) is the basis for the RefuSkills technical developments. It is a multilingual web based toolkit targeting career guidance, recognition of prior learning and individual training support. It is based upon Learning Outcomes and uses principles from EQF (the European Qualification Framework) and ECVET (the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training).The interface is presently available in 9 languages. An Arabic version is demonstrated as a prototype.
The system aggregates Learning Outcomes in terms of knowledge, skills and competences into logical units constituting full qualifications. Skillsbank furthermore offers a Recognition of Prior Learning assessment module where each Learning Outcome can be self-assessed byindividuals. Subsequently assessors can validate and conclude with a consolidated assessment to be included in the individuals competence portfolio.
The RefuSkills project will use the Skillsbank options for a self-declaration by the migrant to be matched against a previously described qualification (fully or just partially, depending upon employment opportunities and training requirements). The Arabic option makes it possible to create bi-/tri-/quadri-/multilingual versions of qualification requirements. The migrant will use the most relevant language for the self-assessment input, whereas the hosting side can work in an available parallel language version.
After the self-assessment, several options are available: