ESES - Designing the Competence Profile of the European Supported Employment Specialist


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ESES (Designing the Competence Profile of the European Supported Employment Specialist) is a Leonardo da Vinci Multilateral Project funded by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme of the EACEA. The main objective of the project is to define the competences and the professional profile of the European Supported Employment Specialist according to the guidelines set by the European Credit System of Vocational Education and Training (ECVET).

Supported Employment is one of the chief constituents of the non-exclusionary policy pursued by the European Union and its effectiveness is grounded on a broad-based approach characterized by customer-oriented procedures, clear codes of practice, targeted vocational programs and a dynamic system of both serviceable labour market pathways and functional lifelong learning policies. Today most Supported Employment providers still cannot count on a certified training and on common organizational modes and approaches focused toward pragmatic ways of tackling ever-changing professional contexts.

ESES aims at designing the competence requirements for Supported Employment Specialists (SESs) working with disabled jobseekers, and therefore at setting a benchmark with regard to several aspects of the profession: certified training and upgrading, definition of tasks, and validation of skills and knowledge throughout EU countries.

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Project Promoter

Soc. Coop. Aforisma (Pisa, Italy)

Project Partners

Association pour le Développement de la Pédagogie de l’Individualisation (Paris, France)

Business and Development Center (Rzeszow, Poland)

DIA-SPORT Association (BG)

Centros de Promoción Integral (Granada, Spain)

Queraum. Kultur- und Sozialforschung (Vienna, Austria)

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The main target groups for the ESES project include:

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The project wants:

  1. to support the development of the European qualification of the European Supported Employment Specialist (SES)
  2.  to promote the use, test and implement ECVET by applying it to assessment, design of curricula, transfer, validation and accumulation of learning outcomes achieved in formal, informal and non formal contexts related to the ESES qualification.

As a byproduct, the project will bring advantage not only to the world of VET, but, by focusing on a fundamental occupation, to person with disabilities inserted or willing to be inserted in VET.

To reach this goal, the project will produce:

The project produces benchmarks for the profile of the SES, for training SESs and for accrediting their competence and organizations employing SESs. Thanks to the project, the ECVET system and the occupation of SES will become better known, more effective and widespread. The effects of the project are differentiated depending by target groups.

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