A new project to support the newly-emerging occupational profile of the ‘Job Broker’ in Europe has started with the 2 days kick off meeting in Rome, a meeting in which all partners went through and debated foreseen activities to be developed by the partnership during the next 3 years.
The project addresses one of the key objectives of the EU strategic framework for European cooperation in education & training (ET 2020) bringing together 8 EU countries (Spain, UK, Austria, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Italy and Island) to develop and validate jointly a ‘new’ curriculum programme which contributes towards improving the quality, efficiency & relevance (attractiveness) of VET to the needs of the labour market.
The project contributes towards the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy for jobs for 75% of the population aged 20-64 to be in work & its flagship initiatives “inclusive growth” by validating a Curriculum Programme that would help VET providers in the EU to increase their success rate in securing sustainable jobs for their learners (the job-seekers).
In addition, through the standardisation of competencies within the role of the Job Broker, the project will foster the mobility of these skilled professionals.
The Leonardo ‘small scale’ Partnership in which the project is based, highlighted not only that the Job Broker role exists in different forms in many EU countries but also that the emerging world of ‘payment by results’,(increasingly common in public programmes), is changing the focus of this role dramatically.
This factor, along with others, means it is no longer enough to just train people up or ‘match’ candidates to jobs: VET providers are having to deploy resources in different ways, to work more closely with employers to ‘broker’ & sustain the job outcome.
To fulfil the expectations of Employers, Job Brokers are increasingly required to better understand specific sectors & roles.
Therefore the specific project activities are:
- In-depth, comprehensive transnational research study and comparative analysis of job brokering factors, policies, practices,
- Development of a JB Occupational Profile aligned to NQFs and the EQF,
- Design & development of a Curriculum Programme and a ‘Train the Trainers’ strategy for effective job brokering
- Produce a guidance tool for the successful Job Broker,
- Validation of the training programme leading to accreditation,
- Network Legacy Plan to work towards creating a Network of competent Job Brokers able to foster mobility across partner countries.
A lot of work to be done before next transnational meeting in Island, July 2016.