WP1. Inception and kick-off

The project will commence with a preparatory period, in the form of an inception phase. Preparation will take place during the 2 first months of the project in order to ensure that it will start on a concrete base and that all the partners have a solid understanding of the activities that will take place, timeline and deadlines.

WP2. Project management

The main tasks of Work package 2 are:
  • Budget control, financial and administrative compliance
  • The interim and final reports
  • Time management, and the monitoring of activities and results
  • Day-to-day communication between meetings, via email, phone and regular Skype conference calls
  • Governing the Transnational Partnership meetings

WP3. Qualification Profile and Learning Curriculum

A new Joint Qualification Profile will be detailed, comprising an ISO: 17024-compliant set of Learning Outcomes at EQF Level 6, each in turn further detailed and specified by a comprehensive specification of attributes, in terms of the Knowledge, Skills and Competences (KSCs).
The requirements of the KSCs in the Learning Outcomes will be addressed by a specifically designed Learning Curriculum.

The Curriculum will also incorporate a comprehensive Training Needs Analysis to provide an initial appraisal of attainment levels against the Qualification Profile. Placing the qualification in its transnational context, the KSCs and Learning Outcomes in the Qualification Profile and the learning content in the Curriculum will fully incorporate EURES and ESCO as key European job mobility tools and resources with which all European Job Brokers should be knowledgeable and competent.

WP4. Certification Scheme

The European Professional Certificate for Job Brokers will be developed at EQF Level 6 according to the certification standard requirements for personnel certification programmes. This will involve a comprehensive specification of assessment standards, supported by evidence requirements, including substantial elements that are generated through work-based learning, to be met by candidates, together with the procedures for quality assurance in terms of recognition, accreditation and certification. It will also assess the ISO certification scheme as specified for an ECTS-based professional Diploma option.

The partners will also produce a Trainer Guide for those leading the learning programmes to ensure that those who are guiding candidates towards the certification are provided with appropriate resources, methods and guidance.

WP5. User Validation and Final Accreditation of Qualification

The Qualification Profile and Certification Scheme will be piloted with a minimum of 80 learners comprising a transnational group represented by each partner country from the target group of Job Brokers, drawn from commercial, public and social inclusion-based employment services.

This extensive user validation programme will see a group of Job Broker learners recruited in each country to undertake the Curriculum programme and submit for assessment against the Qualification Profile. Following the evaluation and validation of the programme, the final versions of the Certification Scheme will be registered for the European Professional Certificate for Job Brokers.

WP6. Association of European Job Brokerage Certification Authorities

This work package will concern the creation of an Association of European Job Brokerage Certification Authorities. In the first instance this will be implemented through a Memorandum of Understanding to provide the governance of the Association. It will be supported through the creation of a business plan, which will set out each partner’s business case and development plan.

This will be complemented with an Operational Framework, including the specific actions and financial steps required to launch and operate the Association and through with the processes of operating a ‘licence to practice’ in each country whereby the qualification will be registered in each country and the collective quality assurance arrangements will be specified.

WP7. Quality Assurance – internal review and evaluation

The Quality Assurance is founded upon three pillars:

  1. The production of the project Quality Plan which will detail the project approaches and mechanisms that will provide an on-going process of Quality Assurance in order to support the timely and effective production of the project deliverables.
  2. A specific Risk Analysis which identifies specific areas of risk in the project, together with an assessment of the degree of impact on the project, were they to come to pass.
  3. Periodic and on-going internal evaluation, in the form of a facilitated partnership peer review, undertaken through specific and periodic internal evaluation exercises on project process and results, in order to complement budgetary and timeline monitoring with a qualitative assessment to feed into the project management cycle of plan, implement and review.

WP8. Impact and Feasibility Assessment

The partners will commission an external evaluation of the project to provide an independent and objective focus on the project’s impact, together with a critical review of the issues that will be faced by the project’s exploitation plans and in particular the cooperation structure plans for the Association of European Job Brokerage Certification Authorities.

The Impact and Feasibility Assessment will comprise an independent, objective assessment. In addition to providing a commentary on the short and medium term impacts it will also consider the prospects for the longer-term. It will provide an independent, external opportunity to reflect on the project impact as a whole and look back over its key deliverables and lessons.

WP9. Promotion, Dissemination and Exploitation of Results

Partners will use a range of resources to promote and disseminate the project. Dissemination will be built into the project work phases throughout.

The objectives of the dissemination and exploitation strategy are to

  1. highlight awareness of the project, its objectives and results
  2. engage target groups directly in the project activities and results and
  3. strengthen and extend the platform for enduring, sustainable application of the certification and qualification opportunities by engaging relevant stakeholders at all levels.