PRODOME, the project contributing to the recognition and professionalisation of domestic workers in Europe
In many countries, domestic work suffers from insufficient regulation and recognition. In 2010, the ILO published the report “Decent work for domestic workers” to set standards “in response to the long-standing perception of domestic work as a form of “women’s work” that does not require any real skills, qualifications or training”. Indeed, the ILO asserted “the value of domestic work to both the families and the workers, (…) and the economy as a whole”. At EU level, the EU Parliament resolution 28th April 2016 encouraged member states to protect the rights of these workers.
To do so, the sector shall be professionalised through training and certification, in line with the growth and jobs agenda and the Strategic Framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), as defined by the Copenhagen process and the Riga Conclusions. With this aim, PRODOME addresses the professional profile of domestic housekeeper (ESCO 5152) to provide a common European curriculum and to promote certification standards.
This multifaceted goal requires a complementary consortium, composed by 6 full partners and 2 associated partners from 4 different member states among which France, Italy and Spain, “within Europe, the biggest employers of domestic workers” (“Domestic workers across the world”, ILO, 2013), which proves the geographical relevance of the consortium:
- IPERIA L’Institut (French national institute for the professionalisation of family employment), France
- FEPEM (French Federation of Household Employers), France
- MARGOTTA (Vocation Education and Training provider), Italy
- ASSINDATCOLF (National Association of Domestic Employers), Italy
- FOREM (Vocation Education and Training provider), Spain
- CCOO (Federation of unions which defends the interests of employees), Spain
- EFFE (European Federation for Family Employment – associated partner), Belgium
- Grupo SSI (cooperative for care services – associated partner), Spain (joined in June 2017).
- Regione Emilia-Romagna, Italy (joined in September 2018)
- ANCL (single trade union gathering Italian consultants), Italy (joined in November 2018)
- FUNDAE (Fundación Estatal para la Formación en el Empleo), Spain (joined in December 2018)
To reach this main project goal, 3 main objectives were fixed:
- To achieve a better understanding of the situation of domestic workers in Europe
- To develop a training programme adapted to the needs of the sector.
- To promote certification at EU level for domestic workers
For more information, please check the project website: https://www.prodome.eu/en/
Project duration: 01/10/2016 - 31/10/2019