AlphaZ – basic education for employment:
developments for practical use according to exemplary models
The product lines which have been developed reflect an understanding of basic education as more than the simple mastery of the traditional cultural techniques of reading, writing and arithmetic.
This is because solution strategies for the target group of adults who are catching up on their basic education must be conceptually linked to the vocational requirements of basic education. This must then be reflected both in the curriculum and the implementation of vocationally orientated learning and teaching materials for adult learners.
On this last point it is necessary to make a distinction from “classic” literacy work, for example that done with migrants who need basic German (German as a foreign language/German as a second language). Programmes must be developed which define basic education as suited to the recipients’ needs, offering opportunities for work/integration into the labour market.
Basic education thereby becomes the basis for life-long learning in everyday life and the workplace. Work in and proposals for basic education must be more strongly orientated towards the labour market and employment.
In order to promote the employability of adults with inadequate basic education, AlphaZ has developed a transferable model which combines basic education, qualification and employment. As the major regional force in employment policy the Job Centres in Berlin have been involved in this process from its beginning.
To achieve this goal we have developed the following steps and products which have been practically tested:
- Materials to inform and raise awareness of the key players in labour market policy and training of those who are active in the support, advice and provision of vocational training.
- Documentation of the requirements of basic education - as ascertained by company surveys – in unskilled jobs in the fields of care work, caretaking/cleaning and domestic work.
- A competence-orientated core curriculum which describes basic education competences in connection with vocational requirements.
- Tools to establish competence levels as part of an advisory service which accompanies the learning process.
- Modular teaching and learning materials which have been designed to impart both general and job-related competences.
Scientific support and evaluation of these developments were provided by Humboldt University, Berlin by:
- Acquiring knowledge of which basic education requirements are necessary in the unskilled jobs caretaking/cleaning, care work and domestic work. This was achieved through guided interviews with employers and employees and through the use of standardised surveys in Berlin companies.
- Evaluation of the products and their implementation