Aims and objectives

M-CARE aims:

  • To contribute to the development of quality lifelong learning and to promote high performance, innovation and a European dimension in systems and practices in the field: M-CARE will enable the creation of new white jobs (personal assistance) for low-skilled people, while also providing a curriculum and training material for local VET centres, to be incorporated in current care training practices. The innovative training tools (ICT driven, online, and also mobile) will ensure an improved qualitative PCGs service offering to beneficiaries. All M-CARE outcomes will be offered freely to e.g. the VET centres, who can then easily embed it in their training practices.
  • To contribute to increased participation in lifelong learning by people of all ages, including those with special needs and disadvantaged groups, regardless of their socio-economic background: Raising competence levels of groups at risk is core. Target learners are: older persons that would like to be employed again, low skilled people that seek a job without need for (higher) degree, but also family members/friends who would like to provide assistance to their disabled relatives/friends. Additionally, PCGs training can potentially strengthen the service provision of care providers, whose education normally does not address the skills needed for disability support.
  • To support participants in training and further training activities in the acquisition and the use of knowledge, skills and qualifications to facilitate personal development, employability and participation in the European labour market: M-CARE will provide the tools (curriculum, training material, ICT applications) for VET centres to train low skilled people in becoming PCGs (“white job”), supporting the integration of learning with working, directly supporting the daily well-being of people with disabilities and older people. Additionally, also family/friends of people with disabilities will be offered the opportunity to gain news skills as PCGs to supports their family members/friends.
  • To facilitate the development of innovative practices in the field of vocational education and training other than at tertiary level, and their transfer, including from one participating country to others: M-CARE will provide a blended innovative training approach, embracing a) face-to-face, b) virtual (using online learning environment) and c) on the job training (using mobile training support). Each of these modes will be supported with textual, audio and video support, thus allowing the trainee to improve their PCGs skills at any desired moment, and especially, when being on the job itself. This will be optimised on EU level through involvement key stakeholders from different countries.
  • To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning: M-CARE will use the maximum advantages that current ICT offers: online fully accessible training environment, portal that fully embeds social media to propagate the training modules, and all this combined with a mobile learning approach (for Android mobiles and tabs) which will allow the user to learn in a flexible manner, also when being on the job. In addition, such training approach is transferable to “green” and other “white” jobs.

M-CARE’s work and consortium composition supports the cooperation between the world of education and training (VET providers); sector-specific expertise (service providers and ministry); and bodies involved in education and training systems (universities). This will ensure that M-CARE will contribute to close links between working life and VET training, addressing the labour market needs for skilled PCGs, contributing as such to inclusive growth, benefiting PwDs (also represented).

M-CARE provides the training framework and content for low skilled people, including those with learning difficulties, to potentially become personal assistants, and become employed. The direct effect is twofold: low skilled people will gain skills needed to undertake the PCG job, while the beneficiaries (PwD) will benefit from improved PCG service provision. This will however require a strict assessment to ensure that the candidates are competent and can meet the requirements of a PCG job.

The “M-CARE” VET training will allow low-skilled people to acquire high quality PCGs skills in a relative short period of time, thus ensuring increased readability for employment. This is in line with the new EC disability strategy (adopted on 15/11/10) to break down barriers that prevent PwD from participating in society on an equal basis. One of the actions focused on ensuring that EU programmes/funds in policy areas relevant to PwD are used to develop PCG schemes.