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Assessing and validating skills and competences obtained in family life: FAMILY COMPETENCES PORTFOLIOFamCompass

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Grundtvig – Multilateral project, 2007 – 2009


Project number 134054-LLP-1-2007-BE-GRUNDTVIG-GMP

The FamCompass will take the form of a paper portfolio and a computer programme, available in English and the official languages of the participating countries. It will be tested in different settings. The FamCompass will assess and validate the knowledge, skills and attitudes men and women have obtained in family life, in their roles as educators, home makers and care workers.


The portfolio methodology allows for a well documented and objective basis for the individual planning of training and/or work careers. Such a tool can be the basis for the official certification of knowledge, skills and competences acquired in family life and care.

The FamCompass will be used on several levels:

  • to coach the intake for relevant education and training programmes;
  • to grant exemption from exams and facilitate shorter schooling careers;
  • to allow the validation of these skills and competences on the labour market in the sectors of care and childcare.


The FamCompass can be of particular use for:

  • Institutes offering training programmes that seek to attract more adult learners in several fields, e.g. education/orthopedagogica, social work/psychosocial work, family coaching and assistance, foster care, teacher assistance, family learning, street corner work, etc.
  • Adult learners who want to apply for these training programmes, in view of possible employment in these professions.
  • Employers in these sectors.
  • Centres for job coaching.

More information about this project can be found at www.famcompass.eu