AAL is a rapidly growing economic sector creating new jobs. The complexity of all the useful innovations in the field of AAL need professionals who know how to incorporate, install, service, and use those devices. New skills profiles have to be set-up for professionals from various backgrounds, for example architects building AAL compatible homes, staff of ambulatory home care, and most of all IT specialists in order to enable them to design AAL systems and interfaces, to manage interoperability, as well as to create, manage and moderate social networks.
CompAAL, an EU co-funded project, identified new Role Profiles for Ambient-Assisted Living (AAL) Functions at European level and developed Training Guidelines to support VET Institutions in designing training courses that are in accordance with these. The aim of the project is to foster employability and prevent skilled staff shortages in the AAL field.
Within the framework of the Cologne Education Fair 2014, engAGEnt partners had a strong representation: A stand with informative material of the outcome of the engAGEnt project including permanent staff at the stand that gave advice to interested visitors. On Sunday, a sessions on "New professional perspectives in AAL" was given by Ed Mahood (DEKRA) and Dirk Sommermeyer (iAQ) in front of an interested audience.
In order to face the upcoming challenges in relation to the demographic change, technologies and concepts of Ambient Assistant Living (AAL) have been developed. To improve the quality of life of older people, technological assistance systems are used.
The European project engAGEnt, co-funded by the EU commission, developed a harmonised European curriculum based on the principles of ECVET which will qualify professionals for the profession of an AAL Consultant.
In March and April 2014, pilot trainings were conducted in Regensburg, Germany. As an introduction to the topic of AAL and "social interaction", an online seminar was conducted on March, 31st. On April 11th and 12th two classroom seminars were held on the topics of "health monitoring" and "safety technology in the home environment". In addition to methods for the analysis of individual needs and circumstances, the participants received practical insights into the possibilities of technical assistance systems by means of examples and concrete situations. Using case studies, the participants developed technical solution scenarios and discussed ethical and privacy related aspects. A total of 18 people participated in this course. The feedback from the participants on the structure and content of the course were positive.
The completion of the project will take place in September at the 15th “Kölner Weiterbildungsmesse”. The project team will present the ECVET based, European curriculum of an AAL Consultant.
After 2 years of tackling the identification of skills and competences related to Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), CompAAL presented its results at the Silver Economy EXPO which took place for the first time in Paris, France on 5 - 6 December 2013!
A booklet of 5 Role Profiles and a Training Guide for VET providers, employers and employees in the field of AAL are the outcomes of the partners' efforts. These outcomes were presented during the micro-conference "How AAL boosts employment - a European view", which took place on 6 December 2013 at 14h30 at the Silver Economy EXPO 2013, Paris, France. Francois Adoue, Maison de la Promotion Social, presented the CompAAL results to an interesting public of approximately 40 professionals, amongst them SMEs and consultants.
The EXPO allowed to enlarge the AAL network through contacts with companies innovating in the exciting field of AAL, a field with great market and employment potential! CompAAL was present at the EXPO with a booth from 5 December to 6 December 2013.