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Elderly care competence in Poland for the need in Germany

As one of the fastest-growing societies in Europe, the demand for services for seniors in various sectors is increasing in Poland, but also in Germany. Due to market needs for professionally trained, qualified and certified employees in Poland, TÜV Rheinland Academy has started developing different programs for elderly care, oriented to the requirements of the German market.

Many employment agencies in Poland employ their teams in the elderly care sector, particularly in Germany. In 2011, one of the most significant association of employment agencies was interested in training for the staff who take care of seniors and working abroad especially in Germany as the elderly care assistant. Even though they already have many years of experience, the association wanted to train the staff and increased their competencies with certified qualifications also recognized on the German market. Therefore, TÜV Rheinland Academy Poland developed a customized project for the employment agencies and their customers.

Due to restrictive regulations of the German market, German employers increasingly demand the qualifications and competencies of employees in the elderly care industry. These regulations define the scope of requirements for people performing care and care activities. The Polish training meets these requirements — divided into two modules the training offers one self-learning part (in the form of scripts) as a preparation for the second module which covers 80 hours of intensive workshops.

On the first day of the workshop, there is a written exam from the self-learning part. With the final personnel certification the Polish attendant of elderly care now stands out in the market, especially in contrast to non-qualified people in this branch. The competence of the staff is essential in assessing the quality of care services provided. Careers, apart from detailed theoretical and practical preparation, must also have appropriate interpersonal skills. In this industry, high sensitivity to the needs of older people is of paramount importance, where the basis is the knowledge and understanding of those under care.

E-learning Module “Dementia diseases”

Initially, the training for the customized project for employment agencies was based on the German “Nursing Assistant” (Pflegehelfer) program with the exam and the final personnel certification. After three years of experience with this target group, TÜV Rheinland Poland gained the know-how to develop other trainings specified for the local market needs. One of the developed training contains a three day short workshop plus an e-learning module about the topic “Dementia diseases”, to fulfill the training content. This training was developed under an EU project dedicated mostly for the employees who already work with seniors in daily houses or nursing homes.

TÜV Rheinland Academy Poland pays particular attention to the quality of the training programs. An essential factor during the workshops is the ability of the students to use rehabilitation beds, wheelchairs, blood pressure monitors and small care devices properly. However, the ability to communicate with seniors and activate them again and again as well as the soft skills of the accompanying staff also play a major role. To date, our colleagues in Poland have trained more than 200 participants in various courses.  Although there is a great need for training in the elderly care sector, the main focus of investment has long been on infrastructure or equipment. Fortunately, it is becoming apparent that awareness of the qualification needs of the personnel is also slowly increasing in nursing care for the elderly. TÜV Rheinland Academy Poland is prepared to make its contribution to ensuring that the level of competence within the sector rises as quickly as possible in favour of the elderly.

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International Career with Steel and Anti-Corrosion-Protection-Training in Poland

We encounter steel constructions everywhere. Steel is one of the most versatile building materials and enables wide-stretched, slender and transparent creations in an almost unlimited variety of shapes. Also the size of the object is practically endless. However, steel must be cared with diligence and regularly maintained to ensure its longevity. TÜV Rheinland has set up appropriate Anti-Corrosion-Training courses in response to the market requirements for corrosion protection in Poland. Anna Konewecka, Local Stream Manager at TÜV Rheinland Poland, gives an insight.

Building constructions such as houses, towers, bridges, but also cars are made of steel, on which in turn a lot of welding work is carried out. Also, steel structures are painted. But what many don’t know: Painting is used not only for aesthetic reasons, but also to protect the steel from corrosion. Anti-corrosion coatings are a necessity, not only because of normative or customer requirements, but also because they ensure the quality and safety of the use of constructions and building objects.

Insufficient quality of buildings and steel structures is almost synonymous with inadequate safety. The quality and safety of buildings, objects and structures depend not only on their performance, but also on correct design and material solutions and proper use. Quality also depends on the awareness and qualifications of the personnel. Given growing demands for standards in the construction industry and an increasing need for employee skills, particularly in the area of corrosion protection, TÜV Rheinland Poland took advantage of this opportunity and began expanding its corrosion protection training as early as 2012.

Lack of knowledge in steel factories

“We had recognized that workers in steel factories had previously lacked expertise in the field of corrosion protection. Whether painters, quality controllers or corrosion protection inspectors: the requirements placed on those involved vary depending on the activity. Customers need someone who knows what kind of paint to use for a particular steel structure, who knows how to use it and who can also test the paint finish,” explains Anna Konewecka, Local Stream Manager at TÜV Rheinland Poland. “Unfortunately, there was no qualification for quality control in the field of corrosion protection on the market. We have noticed that the Polish market is very interested in corrosion protection and the market needs are constant. So we’ve developed a training program that meets the needs of the market.”

The target group for the training includes all manufacturing companies active in industry and dealing with steel, including the automotive industry. The division trains around 100 quality controller of paint protective coatings every year since 2013. Corrosion protection training is one of the most sought-after courses offered by TÜV Rheinland Poland. “Our unique selling point is that we combine the training program with the accredited program for personnel certification according to ISO 17024, the standardized standard for personnel certification,” explains Anna Konewecka. This means that all corrosion protection controllers and inspectors qualified by TÜV Rheinland Academy are recognized throughout Europe – which is additional benefit to the participants. “Our qualification for Inspector of paint protective coatings, for example, is relevant for the worldwide known qualification “FROSIO Inspector”. We are the second accredited personnel certification body in Europe to offer this qualification level.”

Cooperation with companies and universities

The anti-corrosion training for quality controllers includes 30 hours, for inspectors it’s 72 hours and one day exam after each training. The examination is divided into a theoretical and a practical part. In the practical test, for example, the participants receive a sample of a paint finish and have to check the parameters and technical features, among other things.

TÜV Rheinland Poland does not only cooperate with the commercial market. “We also see an opportunity in cooperation with universities. One of our partners is the Silesian Technical University in Gliwice. We have been working together in various areas for 19 years,” says the Local Stream Manager. The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Silesian Technical University has decided to introduce a specialization for corrosion protection qualification. TÜV Rheinland promoted this specialization and was actively involved in the programme design. The first four students have already been successfully certified in the accredited TÜV Rheinland procedure.

 

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Premiere for Welding Specialists Training in Poland

Training Courses “Welding Specialist (TÜV)” resp. “Schweißfachmann (TÜV)” now available in Poland

In March 2013 PersCert TÜV certified that all participants of the Polish training course in welding supervision in Zabrze (Silesia, Poland) have acquired the qualification level of a Welding Specialist (TÜV) in conformity with TÜV Rheinland training and examination guideline 121. The training course of TÜV Akademia Polska, was held for the first time in Poland.

Curriculum according to the requirements
of International Institute of Welding (IIW)

The curricula for the training while working were created by the academy of TÜV Rheinland in Germany based on the requirements of the International Institute of Welding, IIW (IAB.252-07/Sv-00).

The program includes:

  • Welding processes and equipment (45 h)
  • Materials and their behavior during welding (47 h)
  • Construction and design (22 h)
  • Fabrication, applications engineering (53 h)
  • Fundamental practical skills (60 h)

 

Added Value for Graduates

“Welding Specialist (TÜV)” respectively “Schweißfachmann (TÜV)” is a professional qualification level certified by PersCert. PersCert is the independent personnel certification body of TÜV Rheinland, working on the base of ISO/IEC 17024. The International Standard sets out criteria for an organization’s certification program for individual persons. The qualification level is documented on CERTIPEDIA under the test mark ID 3011791121.

Next training course in Poland …

will start shortly. Find out details about the training course “Specjalista Spawalnik TÜV”

Anna Konewecka & Malgorzata Gracka, TÜV Akademia Polska

IT-Training Center of the Future in Berlin

Opening Event for the
IT-Training Center of the Future in Berlin

Anna Konewecka & Malgorzata Gracka, TÜV Akademia PolskaThe IT-Training Centre of the Future was opened in May in Berlin. In the ultra modern training facility in the city center of Berlin, equipped in cooperation with Microsoft, our entire IT-Training portfolio will be provided.

Among the guests: Anna Konewecka (left), Director for Training Business, and Malgorzata Gracka (right), responsible for IT-Trainings from the Polish academy of TÜV Rheinland. TÜV Akademia Polska as Microsoft Gold Partner is offering IT-Trainings since the beginning of this year.

 

Training for IT-Users, Professionals and Experts

the campus GmbH is the leading center for IT training and certification in Germany and has been effectively imparting top quality knowledge for over 28 years. the campus GmbH is a subsidiary of TÜV Rheinland Akademie GmbH and belongs to the TÜV Rheinland Group. As such, it ranks among the largest providers of continuing education worldwide. the campus GmbH’s seminar portfolio encompasses topics on a vast range of challenging areas in the IT world and is aimed at users, professionals and experts alike.

Training of Elderly People Staff for Germany in Poland

TÜV Rheinland Polska trains Elderly Care Staff

Certified Nursing Assistants from Poland for Germany

The TÜV Akademia Polska in Poland qualifies nursing assistants for employment in Germany. The program takes 200 hours and terminates with the TÜV Rheinland audited qualification “care assistant / nursing assistant in elderly care”. Last year 48 people were trained. By the end of 2014, 150 nursing assistants will be qualified. The course for registered geriatric nurse is in preparation.

Anna Konewecka, TÜV Akademia PolskaInterview with Anna Konewecka,
responsible for training business in Poland

What motivated you to go into this whole new field of study?

Polish employment agencies regularly send staff to German households. They close the supply gap in home care and provide 24-hour all-round support in the familiar environment of care.
The placement is subjected to strict legal regulations. To obtain the Polish permissions of operating and staff dispatching from an employment agency, a variety of state requirements is necessary, including evidence of an actual qualification as requested by the destination country. The Polish Confederation of Temporary Work Agencies (ZAPT) therefore looked in June 2011 for a recognized training program in Germany. Our concept is based on the curriculum of the German nursing course and convinced the ZAPT.

How proceeds the Nursing Assistant training in Poland?

Since our participants – there are women to 100% – are already active nursings in Germany and come every few months to Poland, we had to adjust the German program. 120 hours are for self-study to complete 80 hours in a classroom setting. German language skills must be demonstrated before the training begins. The training terminates with a PersCert exam. The cost for training are covered by the Polish employment agencies.

How proceeded the adaptation of the training concept designed from Germany?

Upon receipt of the request of the ZAPT in June 2011, we immediately got initial information of the training courses offered in Germany via the EVP team. One week later, a kick-off meeting took place in Berlin. In the next three weeks we created the concept for the Polish program and the examination regulations with the assistance of the subsidiary Berlin-Spandau and PersCert TÜV. On this basis we were able to submit a concrete tender to ZAPT, which was confirmed in September 2011. The road then was very painstaking because unlike the welding expert or SCC training, a takeover and translation of German training materials were not possible for copyright reasons. We only had the curriculum framework and guidelines for practical training for a re-development. Therefore we searched for professionally competent partner and trainer in Poland that enabled us to develop tailor-made materials in Polish language. Thus it was difficult because there is not (yet) a nursing education as in Germany available in Poland. We got help from employees of hospices, experienced nurses who worked in geriatric care or as a dietitian at a hospital and also from product management in Cologne and Krefeld help.

What was the main benefit of the access to the new market for you?

We demonstrated that we can build a new market field very quickly in high quality. This motivated our internal colleagues, but above all impressed our customers. Since the ZAPT organized companies are not only dispatching nurses the cooperation is now being extended to other topics.

We were able to build valuable contacts with experts, opinion leaders and decision makers in Poland. The number of people needing care is increasing also in our country, so that there could be soon the same structures and need for training like in Germany. We are well prepared.

The next challenge will be the establishment of training of geriatric nurse. At present, we check the market together with the colleagues of the German Academy.

Nurses also from other countries are in action in Germany. Other subsidiaries of TÜV Rheinland could benefit from our previous achievements and experiences. The TÜV Polska Akademia has secured the copyright for all developed training materials. Therefore a transfer of the documents into other countries is easily possible.

Last but not least our training programs in nursing help us fulfill our strategic goals. Alongside the expansion of nursing courses we are currently working on the establishment of Microsoft training in the Polish market. The first training will take place in March. The feedback for our first recently completed training of “Welding Expert (TÜV)” was very positive. New incoming orders are already received. Additionally we are planning this year training on new topics in technology.