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The Care Sector: A European Strategy for Vocational Training

By CM de Condinguy – September 21, 2022.

On September 7, 2022, the European Commission presented the European Care Strategy, the aim of which is to ensure the existence of affordable, accessible and high-quality care services throughout the European Union and thus improve the situation of care recipients, whether they are caregivers, whether they are professionals or non-professionals.

The European Commission proposes:

  • revise the early childhood education and care targets to increase women’s labor market participation, also known as the “Barcelona targets”, set in 2002;
  • Support non-professional carers, who are often women and relatives of care recipients, through training, counseling and psychological or financial support,
  • propose lifelong education and professional training for health care providers,
  • to stimulate collective bargaining and social dialogue in order to improve wages and working conditions,
  • Ratify and implement International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 189 on domestic workers.

In this strategy, the commitments of the European Commission are:

“The Commission:

  • launch by the end of 2022 a study that identifies the current admission conditions and rights of long-term care providers from third countries in the Member States. The Commission will also examine the added value and feasibility of creating programs at EU level to attract professional carers, taking into account the ethical dimension of such programs as outlined in the “Attracting Skills and Talents to the EU” initiative.
  • support opportunities for VSRD staff within Erasmus+ programs to continuously develop their professional skills through designing VSRD programmes, innovative teaching methods and new learning materials for children;
  • support the creation of a skills partnership in the long-term care skills pact.
  • take concrete steps on digital skills in the health and care sectors under the Digital Europe program and call for proposals for Masters and short courses, as well as under the EU Work Program for Health by providing training and professional development opportunities for healthcare professionals;
  • In close collaboration with CEDEFOP, advance business intelligence on current and future skills needs and trends in the long-term care sector. This work should build on Skills OVATE, CEDEFOP’s innovative vacancy analysis tool published online, and the labor market monitoring toolkit. »

source : European Commission, 7 September 2022

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