The basic employment competences describe occupations, activities and requirements (knowledge and abilities) for actual employment tasks in the occupational areas caretaking/cleaning, care work and domestic work. The competences include abilities, knowledge and skills which are important in order to meet the demands of employment within those occupations.
Basic competences are below the level required in formal vocational education and relate to simple occupations in the stated job sectors. Despite constantly rising requirements even for simple occupations, research shows that these continue to provide employment, particularly in the service sector, thereby offering opportunities for low-qualified individuals in the future.
The description of the basic vocational competences formed the basis for the competence-orientated curriculum, developed for Alpha-Z, which combines basic education with learning content which is relevant to employment and which is geared towards employment requirements and activities.