Since September 2015, Eurocarers is engaged in the project TRACK aiming to develop and test a blended training programme targeted at informal carers who care for someone suffering from dementia. Eurocarers will host the final conference of the project on the 21stJune in Brussels, concluding two years of intense cooperation. This event will take place on the day after Eurocarers’ General Assembly, so as to facilitate the participation of Eurocarers’ members.
During the latest consortium meeting, held on the 9th and 10th March in Vienna, partners agreed on the content of the event. The conference will constitute a unique opportunity to discover concretely the training developed, which will be freely available after the end of the project. It will also be the opportunity to debate about innovative solutions likely to overcome obstacles faced by informal carers in accessing training, as well as possibilities of recognition and valorisation of informal carers’ skills. Speakers will include high-level EU decision makers and experts. The event will be open to practitioners, policy makers, researchers, trade-unionists, users and professional organisations active at the national and European levels.
Currently, two key work packages are being implemented. First, the blended TRACK training is being tested with a group of twenty informal carers in each of the three pilot countries (France, Germany and Spain). This pilot phase will be instrumental in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the training.
Secondly, the “Feasibility Study of the Certification of the Skills acquired through the TRACK learning programme" is currently being drafted. Against the backdrop of EU instruments for the recognition and the validation of skills, this Study analyses the possibilities for certification of the TRACK training pathway at national level in four pilot countries (Austria, France, Germany, Spain).
These outcomes, together with the baseline study “Informal caring and learning opportunities, an overview of EU countries” published by Eurocarers in March 2016, will be presented and discussed during the final conference.