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Report “Implementing certification pathways for domestic housekeepers”

The report Implementing certification pathways for domestic housekeepers has been developed in the framework of the Erasmus+ PRODOME project with the relevant partners and stakeholders in the 3 participating countries, France, Spain and Italy, the 3 biggest employers in terms of domestic work within the EU.

The main PRODOME project’s objective is to contribute to the professionalisation of domestic housekeepers in the European Union. To do so, the project elaborated a common European competence framework and training programme. As a complement, certification perspectives were addressed and synthesised in this report, which provides guidelines for the recognition of domestic housekeepers as a profession through certification and its professionalisation in Europe.

As a matter of fact, nowadays there is no Europe-wide certification system.  No diploma related to domestic housekeeper’s professional profile can be recognised or recorded by a European institution. However, the European Commission encourages its member states, through the creation of various educational and training tools, to harmonise their qualifications and diplomas, as well as equivalences, to promote workers’ mobility across the European Union, such as EQF, European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET), Europass, etc.

This is why the guidelines provided in this report are based on the different available recommendations in terms of adult education, especially the “New skills agenda for Europe”, adopted by the Commission on June 10, 2016, where 10 actions were launched to make the right training, skills and support available to people in the EU.

These guidelines are also based on the results of a desk research, as well as several consensus building activities involving key stakeholders such as policy makers, social partners, public employment services, VET providers, NQF representatives, national agencies for certification, academia, associations, etc.:

  • 5 policy visits involving 112 stakeholders
  • 5 consensus workshops involving 29 stakeholders,
  • Multiple meetings with national and European experts.

In addition, this report analyses and compares the existing certification and training in the participating countries in order to identify common tasks and EQF level and proposes some concrete steps for domestic housekeepers’ professionalisation: listing the needs, setting-up certification processes and setting-up diplomas at NQFs.

To read the full report, please check the project website.


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