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PreQual Steps - European dimensions within the intercultural qualification for migrant women entering the health and care sector

Women, Migrants

Pre-Qualification for Migrant Women in the Health and Care Sector (PreQual) has been a collaborative project of 5 European countries within the Leonardo da Vinci Vocational Trainings Programme.


“PreQual Steps”

European dimensions within the intercultural qualification for migrant women entering the health and care sector

 

Pre-Qualification for Migrant Women in the Health and Care Sector (PreQual) has been a collaborative project of 5 European countries within the Leonardo da Vinci Vocational Trainings Programme.

 

Project Description

The primary goal of the prequalification measure PreQual was to fill a gap in the international education system for nursing and social care occupations, by specially implementing an innovative course concept for the companionship and qualification of the target group.

 

The concept of the project drew upon the following experiences:

  • Work and results within the framework of PreQual (international EU project, LdV program)
  • Experiences from the implementation of the course in the years 2006, 2007, 2007/08 and 2008/09 and that from the international innovation transfer project PreQual steps within whose framework PreQual courses were implemented in the following countries: CZ, ES, GR and HU.
  • Cooperation with educational institutions: courses were partly held on the premises of a nursing school or a retirement home
  • Institutions offering care and other facilities of the healthcare system
  • External experts from various areas (registered nurses with additional qualifications/university degree, lecturers at nursing schools, caregivers, doctors, experts from the social sector ...)
  • Regular contact and sharing with experts in conjunction with the well developed network in this sector

 

Objectives

  • increase of the certified nursing staff that is needed throughout Europe
  • facilitation of access to the qualifies labor market for migrant women
  • matching the labor market’s needs with the needs of migrant women providing a future orientated and innovative solution   

 

Target Groups

  • migrant women
  • families with a migrant background  
  • elderly people 

 

Activities

PreQual project, already being completed in Austria, Germany and Italy, was also implemented, within the PreQual-steps course “Prequalification for migrant women in the health and care sector” in Hungary, Czech Republic, Spain and Greece during the academic year 2008-09.

PreQual-Steps and its qualification measure PreQual are based on a completely new concept of education, which represents an interface between regular educational programmes within the field of health and care, educational institutions and migrant women. The concept of the project is based on the pedagogy of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal following the principles of participation and intercultural education.

 

Duration

November 2007 - October 2009

 

Funding

Education and Culture Lifelong Learning Programme Leonardo da Vinci 

 

Partners

  • Antigone - Information & Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence (Greece)
  • DemNet - Foundation for Development of Democratic Rights (Hungary)
  • IEPALA - Instituto de Estudios Politicos Para América Latina y Africa (Spain)
  • maiz - autonomous centre by and for migrant women (Austria)
  • Sofia (Czech Republic)

 

PreQual-steps project website: http://prequalsteps.maiz.at