As a rule, the assessment process takes place on the basis of documents submitted by an applicant. However, in some cases, e.g. in case of refugees, the professional qualification cannot be proven though documentation since applicants have no access to all or some of the documents. In these cases a responsible assessment authority can conduct a qualification analysis, e.g. by the means of work samples, specialist discussions or practical and theoretical examinations, in order to determine the applicant’s skills and competences. Every qualification analysis needs to be organized individually, though, which makes the organizational expense involved too great for the responsible assessment authorities. To limit these costs, the Federal Ministry of Education launched a new Project “Prototyping Transfer – Professional Recognition through a Qualification Analysis” with the aim of supporting the assessment authorities in performing the qualification analyses.
Under this project the assessment authorities will be supported through training sessions, individual counselling and development of test processes to identify the applicant’s skills and competences. This support will also assure the quality of the qualification analyses.
Besides, the project offers financial assistance to the applicants in certain cases of hardship, since the applicants have to bear the costs of qualification analyses themselves.
Six partners are commissioned with the implementation of the project “Prototyping Transfer – Professional Recognition through a Qualification Analysis”:
- Hamburg Chamber of Crafts
- Mannheim Chamber of Crafts
- Chamber of Trade and Industry FOSA (Foreign Skills Approval)
- Cologne Chamber of Trade and Industry
- Munich and Upper Bavaria Chamber of Trade and Industry
- Western German Association of Chambers of Crafts
The new project is based on the predecessor project “Prototyping”, which was supervised by the Western German Association of Chambers of Crafts and backed academically by the Research Institute for Vocational Education at Cologne University.