Programme: Erasmus+ K2. Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action: Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training
Agreement nº 2015-1-UK01-KA202-013713
Duration: 36 Months
GSUB – Gesellschaft für soziale Unternehmensberatung mbH (Germany)
ABIF – wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für Analyse, Beratung und interdisziplinäre Forschung (Austria)
This project aims to develop, design and validate the newly-emerging occupational profile of the ‘Job Broker’ in Europe.
The project identifies the new contexts (both in terms of current European labour market conditions and in the administration and management of Public Employment Services) that are impacting upon, and therefore changing, the traditional roles of employment counsellor or job matching services – with corresponding challenges for how this occupational profile is to be developed, trained for and accredited across Europe.
The project therefore sets out a work programme and a series of deliverables (‘intellectual outputs’) that will meet this challenge.
It builds on a previous Leonardo ‘small scale partnership’ which undertook some initial research and exchange of information, to explore the extent to which this new role is emerging in the countries that took part in the project. Some of those partners are continuing into this full Erasmus+ proposal, given the relevance of the project – but we are also seeking new partners with specific stakeholding in the field of public employment services.
The project will look at the emerging role of the Job Broker – in particular in the context of the new ‘payment by results’ agenda which is becoming increasingly common in the world of learning and skills and particularly employability training. Following a base line study into the existence of the Job Broker role across a number of EU partners, this project will seek to indentify a set of key competencies which will then be tracked across to the EQF and NQF standards to identify if there is any scope for the development of a competency based framework. The project will also aim to develop a number of needs analysis ‘models’ and ‘tools’ which the successful Job Broker can incorporate into their work with employers and employees to ensure successful sustained employment outcomes.
Main intellectual outputs of the project
O1_Job Broker Transnational Research Study – Policies, Systems and Needs Analysis
O2_ Development of Occupational Profile and a set of Standards for the Job Broker
O3_ Design and Development of Curriculum Programme
O4_ Pilot/Testing of the curriculum programme with Job Brokers
O5_ Assessment and Validation leading to Accreditation
O6_ Job Broker Tool Kit and Self Directed Learning Guide
3. TARGET GROUP
The direct beneficiaries are VET professionals working in a variety of contexts (Public Employment Services, Job Counselling, VET organisations, Careers Counselling, Placement officers) as an intermediary, ‘brokering’ (identifying, matching – and, importantly, sustaining) jobs between those unemployed people on publicly-funded programmes, and the employers that are the source of jobs.