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New qualification for care workers being developed

New qualification for care workers being developed
27th November 2007

The Skills for Care and Development body is developing a new qualification for social care which will be valid throughout Europe.

The UK body is collaborating with organisations in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Romania to establish the European Care Licence (ECL).

The ECL is to be launched across Europe in October next year.

Richard Banks, head of workforce development at Skills for Care, told Communitycare.co.uk: "If someone had the European Care Licence they would know certain things, which is different from competence."

The initiative has been pushed forward as a result of an increasing influx of care workers entering the UK from Europe.

There has also been a need for English-speaking carers in countries with a large number of UK ex-pats.

The Skills for Care and Development body is responsible for reviewing the workforce needs in adult care.

Members of the organisation are drawn from groups representing public, private and voluntary sector care employers, along with representatives of staff, trainers, service users and informal careers.

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