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Why is the ECC needed?

In many European countries, there are increasing numbers of people who needs some form of care or support - either to help them stay in their own home for a s long as they can or to live in a care home, hostel or hospital.   This increasing demand is producing shortages of care staff in some countries that is leading to an increase of foreign workers in the sector as workers migrate across Europe to find work.  


There are also a significant number of unqualified workers who are currently working in social care services across all the countries of Europe but, contrary to many other professions, there is no common European understanding about the entry level needs of workers - what they need to know, what values should underpin their work and how they should treat people. The ECC project has provided a benchmark for all countries and has defined a set of learning outcomes  for the care sector for the benefit for those who use care services and those who work in them.  


Since the estimated workforce of personal assistants, social and healthcare assistants (they are all called different names in different places) is around 20 million workers - it is clear that the ECC fulfills an important basic need for all member states.   It establishes a comparable base for frontline care staff across Europe and provides an accessible and transferable certificate for workers and employers, backed by a central database held in Brussels and a system of Lead and Delivery Partners in member states.

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