In our days, it is vital in order for an individual to be recruited, to validate his/her competences. This issue is even more important in the Creative and Cultural Sector (CCS) labour market where the matter of skills and knowledge validation is often more complicated in comparison to other professions. The ArtS Project mapped the competences of CCS in Greece, Italy and Spain and aimed to validate them.
Europe is in progress of building a common Qualification Frame and this is the EQF (European Qualifications Framework) which has eight reference levels [Level 1 (basic) – Level 8 (advanced) that describe what a learner knows, understands and is able to do. These, are commonly known as ‘learning outcomes’ or in other words, Knowledge, Skills and Competences. However the levels of national qualifications must be placed at one of the central reference levels, in order to facilitate the comparison between national qualifications and this procedure is still complicated as NQFs (National Qualification Frameworks) have not all of the prepared yet and their coordination is in progress.
The methodology that was finally chosen to validate competences was though an international ISO standard. The ISO 17024:2003 is an international standard for the certification of competences for employees or persons, which considers the competences as a result of Knowledge and Skills. This task for the ArtS Project has been undertaken by ‘Swiss Approval’ Certification Body. In that point, it is worth mentioning that there is an important common element between this method and the one mentioned previously (EQF). This element is the learning outcomes that are considered.
Last but not least, it has to be well understood that regardless if someone learnt what required by the market, in a formal or non-formal way, it is important what he/she is able to do, which can be validated through the practices performed in Arts Project. These practices are to be recognized not only in a national but in an international level as ISO 17024 is an international Standard. ArtS Project is therefore in a procedure aimed to contribute in the reduction of unemployment.
Certification of professionals proving competence in specific fields/ areas and disciplines leads to a set of advantages for the professionals (such as increase of the personal potential recognition) as well as for the organization/ company (i.e. competiveness and quicker response time to market) which occupies them.