Disadvantaged youth as well as young people with a migrant background are struggling to integrate into training and education measures and the labour market in general. Nevertheless, even without formal qualifications or labour market experience these young people are in possession of social and personal competencies which are essential for doing a good job. Therefore, assessing these individual competences, in order to support the young people with individual training to acquire a workplace, has gained major attention.
Some European countries have already demonstrated progressiveness in the field of competence assessment and developed a widely accepted system of competence assessments methods. In contrast other countries still need to raise awareness and define methods and procedures. Therefore the project aims to transfer good practices of competence assessment for disadvantaged young people within and between the project partner countries Denmark, Germany, Greece and Sweden.
As a first step, a strategy paper informed politicians and practitioners in Greece and Germany about competence assessment in Europe. The paper reports on the benefits of structured forms of competence assessment, on the definition and differentiation of competences and on good practices in Denmark, Sweden, and Germany.
As a second step, a toolbox was developed. This toolbox contains detailed presentations of methods and corresponding tools; it discusses purposes and quality standards of competence assessment and reviews the pros and cons of different approaches. It has been used to facilitate the dissemination of competence assessment in Greece.
Another result of the project is a set of quality standards for competence assessment. The quality standards have been developed in cooperation with the DPU and practitioners from educational institutions in Germany.
Overall, this innovative transfer project has been contributed to the Europeanization and systemization of vocational training using modern methods and instruments of competence assessments across national boundaries and networks.