How to bridge the care skills gap? How to ensure health and care professionals have the skills required to provide quality care to older persons? How to support informal carers through empowering training opportunities?

Among Long-Term Care workers, only 1 in 2 consider that their “present skills correspond well with their duties”[i]. Growing evidence points to the need to develop skills among care workers to ensure the quality of care services at a time requirements are becoming increasingly complex. Training is also key to improving working conditions and job attractiveness in the care sector when European countries face a perilous shortage of staff in the care sector. Parallelly, the pivotal role of informal carers is being increasingly acknowledged, as well as their need for support, including accessible and relevant training. 

Bringing together Health Schools, Universities, and civil society organisations from Spain, Portugal, Poland and Slovenia, the Giving Care project aims at empowering carers and fostering their recognition through training. Partners have developed and tested a Continuing Education Programme, produced corresponding training material for professional and informal carers, and awareness raising tools. The partnership also discussed a Competence Profile for carers. 

Concluding three years of cooperation, this event will offer the possibility to discover the Giving Care training modules, learn about the piloting’s outcomes, and discuss the way forward in the current policy context at the European level.  

[i] Eurofound (2020), Long-term care workforce: Employment and working conditions, Publications Office of the EU, Luxembourg


This event will take place in Brussels and online. It is open to all relevant stakeholders (students, care workers, informal carers workers, training providers, policymakers…) upon registration through this  link by 25 April

More information on the project here.