EFEC seminar in Tallinn

Welcome to Tallinn!

The project’s EFEC – ECVET for Elderly Care final meeting took place in Tallinn, Estonia on 3rd to 5th of December 2014. It was organised and hosted by Estonian Qualifications Authority.

The Estonian Qualifications Authority (trademark - Kutsekoda) as a private legal entity (foundation) was established in August 2001 in order to continue developing the occupational qualifications system launched by the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1997. Kutsekoda is developing a support structure for occupational qualifications system in order to increase the competitiveness of Estonian employees and promote the development, assessment, recognition and comparison of their occupational competence.

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia is an old Hanseatic city, which is nowadays home for over 430 000 inhabitants. Tallinn Old Town (the historic centre) was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 1997. Tallinn is well known for its Christmas Market on Town Hall Square which was held also in the time of project meeting.

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The final dissemination seminar

The seminar took place in EU Government Building on Dec 3rd. The aim of the seminar was to introduce and disseminate the project results as well as to get to know the background of Estonian social work. The presenters introduced to project partners and guests Estonian social policy (Ms. Siiri Aulik from the Ministry of Social Affairs), talked about future skills and competences on the elderly care sector (Ms. Ulla-Maija Laiho, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland) and Elderly Care in Estonia on Tallinn City example (Mr. Raivo Allev from Tallinn City Social Welfare and Health Care Department), also introduced the new project "European Later Life Active Network" for care workers in elderly care (Ms. Reet Urban and Ms. Merle Varik from Tartu Health Care College). Estonian Qualifications Authority’s member of board, Ms. Maaja-Katrin Kerem talked about occupational qualification system in Estonia and Ms. Kai Rannastu from Kuressaare Regional Training Centre described the employees/learners way to occupational qualification certificate. EFEC project coordinators from Omnia, Finland gave an overview of EFEC project: outcomes, results and recommendations (Ms. Sirje Hassinen) and talked about the implementation of the project results (Ms. Sirkka Wiman). All the presentations are uploaded to EFEC web-page.

In addition to EFEC project partners, the final dissemination seminar had guests/listeners from several countries and organisations: Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Superliitto, CIMO (Kansainvälisen liikkuvuuden ja yhteistyön keskus), Espoo City, Turku City and Turku Ammatti-instituutti from Finland, Ryusei Fukushikai Social Welfare Foundation from Japan, Estonian Social Work Association, The Association of Directors of Estonian Care Homes, Tartu Health Care College, Tallinn Health Care College, Kuressaare Regional Training Centre, Tallinn City Social Welfare and Health Care Department, Ministry of Social Affairs, Foundation Innove and representatives from different care homes from Estonia.

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Work and entertainment

After the final dissemination seminar the project partners visited Iru Care Home. Iru Hooldekodu is the only care home in Tallinn, managed by City of Tallinn and has 350 beds for Tallinn’s elderly people. Iru Care Home consists of care department (which is divided to 8 care units), department of social work, catering, management and administration. Iru Care Home’s director Ms. Terje Kraanvelt and her colleagues were actively involved with EFEC project – all the project activities were carried out and all outcomes were tested in Iru Care Home.

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The second and third day’s meetings were held in the office of Kutsekoda. Since most of the project outcomes and results were already completed, the aim of the last meeting was to make conclusions and formalise last outcomes. The partners worked on the glossary, formulated the general, introductory text to the unit and created the form of a certificate, meant for the applicants who have successfully completed the unit/assessment.

After the long hard days of working the partners relaxed and took time for mingling. On the first night they had a feast in medieval restaurant Olde Hansa, where food is prepared according to medieval recipes and consumed in medieval ways. On the second day there was a walking tour in Tallinn Old Town, where the qualified guide introduced the history and legends of medieval city centre.

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In the end of the last dinner, the promises to meet again and keep in touch were left hanging in the air…

Implementation and conclusions After the two years of work and commitment all partners agreed that the project outcomes are significant and worth implementing in various ways in different types of organisations - to improve the curricula, for internal evaluation, for assessment in the end of probationary period/recruitment, to create job descriptions etc. In Estonia, the learning outcomes described in the Unit will find their place in competence requirements in the new occupational standards for care workers. As a conclusion, all partners recognised the job well done. The Unit and assessment sheets can be used in so many different levels and ways, and should benefit us all – as we all are aging, at the end of a day we are the potential clients, getting the care by elderly care workers, whose competences could and should meet the requirement, described in the Unit based on the EFEC – ECVET for Elderly Care project.

  Programme of Seminar in Tallinn 

Seminar presentations

  Social politics in Estonia – Siiri Aulik, Ministry of Social Affairs 

  Future skills and competence on the elderly care sector – Ulla-Maija Laiho, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland 

  Overview of EFEC project: outcomes, results and recommendations – Sirje Hassinen, Omnia 

  Occupational Qualification System in Estonia – Katrin Kerem, Estonian Qualification Authority 

  The employee/learners way to occupational qualification certificate – Kai Rannastu, Kuressaare Regional Training Centre 

  Elderly Care in Estonia, Talinn City example – Raivo Allev, Talinn City Social Welfare and Health Care Department 

  Implementation of the project results – Sirkka Wiman, Omnia 

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