“Competence to Go” strengthens cross-border mobility
A school project aims at supporting mobility across the Danish-German border by developing a handbook for a so-called “merit model” to ensure a simple and appropriate recognition process for vocational training.
" The ‘Competence to Go’ project has covered bureaucratic barriers, and currently we are developing a ‘first aid kit’ for Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications in order to minimise bureaucracy and support mobility. "
Lead partners of the project are the Social and Health School Fredericia Vejle Horsens, the Business Academy Schleswig-Holstein (WAK) and the Academy for Health and Social professions. “Competence to Go” supports the mutual recognition of diplomas for regulated professions, and the reduction of existing barriers. The development of a handbook is meant to increase exchanges and mobility across the German-Danish border.
Tackling a disequilibrium
Currently, the unemployment rate among Danish workers in elderly care is high, whereas there are many open positions in Germany. Despite this, German-speaking professionals with a Danish diploma often get rejected in Germany because of the lack of recognition.
The project’s strategy to tackle this problem is to analyse the job market, enhance cooperation between schools and cross-border commuter flows, and develop a “security package” capable of reducing existing bureaucratic hurdles. The vision is to develop and implement a clear handbook for crediting achievements and trainings. Other professions are also included in order to test the applicability of this merit model.
Registered elderly care nurses and elderly care assistants are regulated professions in Schleswig-Holstein, meaning that in order to exercise the profession, the worker needs a licence. So far, out of the 2 years and 10 months that the Danish vocational training requires to become a registered elderly care nurse, only 1 year is being credited in Germany; the German apprenticeship takes 3 years.
The “Competence to Go” project contributes directly to the European Union’s goal of supporting cross-border mobility of qualified workers. It takes another step towards making the free movement of workers, one of the fundamental principles enshrined in the EU treaties, a reality.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Competence to Go” is EUR 630 125, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 409 582 through the “Syddanmark – Schleswig – K.E.R.N.” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period.