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Friday, December 14, 2012
By iccdppadm @ 9:13 AM :: 14175 Views :: 57 Comments :: :: Career Development, Guidance in Tertiary Education, Assessing Effectiveness, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Co-ordination and Leadership

This recent publication by Careers New Zealand provides a set of quality benchmarks for career development programmes and services in tertiary/post-secondary further and higher education and training in New Zealand. It outlines a clear and consistent framework to enable tertiary organisations and external bodies to review the effectiveness of their career development programmes and services. The benchmarks focus on the career management competencies/needs of students.

The benchmarks are presented in three categories:

-Student engagement

-Employer and industry engagement

-Tertiary organisation engagement.

A four point descriptive scale is used for each benchmark:



-Consolidating effectiveness

-Highly effective.

A very useful Glossary is provided.

This publication is highly recommended for tertiary education and training organisations.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
    دليل الارشاد المهني لصانعي القرار
By iccdppadm @ 8:15 PM :: 9245 Views :: 1 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Co-ordination and Leadership, OECD, Africa, Middle East, European Commission (EC), Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia, Libya
إن هذا الكتيب عبارة عن إحدى المطبوعات المشتركة بين المفوضية الأوربية والـ OECD. يهدف هذا الكتيب إلى إطلاع صناع السياسات في أي دولة على كيفية اتخاذ قرارات حول أفضل الاستراتيجيات لسياسات التوجيه المهني في بلادهم في قطاعات التعليم والتوظيف والمجتمع.
يقسم الجزء الأساسي من الكتيب إلى أربع عشرة فكرة رئيسية للسياسات تم ترتيب كل منها في أربع محاور هي:
+ تطوير التوجيه المهني لليافعين.
+ تطوير التوجيه المهني للبالغين.
+ تطوير آلية الحصول على التوجيه المهني.
+ تطوير سياسات وأنظمة التوجيه المهني.
تم العمل في كل فكرة رئيسية للسياسات على النقاط التالية:
= قضايا ومواضيع رئيسية بحاجة إلى الدراسة والمناقشة.
= الأسئلة التي يجب على صناع السياسات أن يأخذوها بالاعتبار بالنسبة لتلك القضايا.
= الخيارات التي يجب أن يعتمدها صناع السياسات لتطوير تلك السياسات.
= بعض الأمثلة عن الاستجابات الفعالة.
تم تحرير هذا الكتيب عام 2004 من قبل كل من /ريتشارد سويت Richard Sweet/ من OCED و /جون مكارثي John McCarthy/ من المفوضية الأوروبية ، انطلاقاً من أعمال كل من البروفسور /رونالد سلطانة Ronald Sultana/ و البروفسور /طوني واتس Tony Watts/ .
يمثل هذا الكتيب مقالا ً للعاملين في المفوضية الأوروبية.
تم إنجاز الترجمة إلى اللغة العربية من قبل مؤسسة قطر. وتم تحرير النسخة العربية من قبل الدكتور أبو بكر بدوي (مصر).

This handbook is a joint publication of the European Commission and of the OECD. Its aim is to inform policy makers in any country to decide on the most appropriate strategies for policies for career guidance in their countries in the education, employment and community sectors. The main part of the handbook is divided into 14 policy themes, organised in 4 sections:
+ Improving career guidance for young people
+ improving career guidance for adults
+ Improving access to career guidance
+ Improving policies and systems for career guidance.

Each policy theme is addressed as follows:
=Key problems/issues that need to be considered
=Questions that policymakers should ask in addressing those issues
=Options that policymakers can adopt to improve policies
=Some examples of effective responses.

The handbook was co-edited in 2004 by Richard Sweet, OECD, and John McCarthy, European Commission, based on material prepared by Prof Ronald Sultana and Prof Tony Watts. It is a staff working paper of the European Commission.

The Arabic translation of the Handbook was kindly facilitated by the Qatar Foundation. The editing of the Arabic version was kindly undertaken by Dr Aboubakr Badawi (Egypt).

This summary was translated by Dr Neruda Barakat, Skills and Career Centre, Tishreen University, Latakia, Syria.

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Monday, September 24, 2012
By iccdppadm @ 9:00 PM :: 11439 Views :: 7 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Assessing Effectiveness, Asia Pacific, Australia, Co-ordination and Leadership
This report, prepared in 2011 by Deloitte Access Economics for the Australian government, examines the options presented in the report prepared by NOUS (see previous publication on this site) for a National Career Development Strategy for Australia. In its introduction the report cautions that it is impossible to conduct a fully-fledged cost benefit analysis because of the granularity of the available data on the benefits of career development services due to the incomplete nature of the current evidence base. Among its conclusions are the need for investment in strengthening the evidence base, especially on the benefits generated by career development services provision.
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Monday, September 24, 2012
By iccdppadm @ 8:44 PM :: 11737 Views :: 11 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Asia Pacific, Australia, Co-ordination and Leadership
This paper, prepared by the NOUS Group, was commissioned by the Australian government to help it to develop its national career development strategy. Published in 2011, it describes the components of such a strategy and suggests options for its implementation. The components of the strategy are as follows:
  • vision
  • goals
  • leadership
  • governance
  • services - ICT
  • services - face to face
  • services - curriculum
  • quality standards
  • evidence
  • communications and marketing.
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Monday, September 24, 2012
By iccdppadm @ 8:22 PM :: 9252 Views :: 7 Comments :: :: Career Development, Assessing Effectiveness, Asia Pacific, Australia, Expanding Access to Guidance, Co-ordination and Leadership
This recently published research report was compiled by Miles Morgan for the Australian government in order to inform future government strategy on policies for career development. It consists of a review of national and international career development research as well as consultations with experts and with States and Territories personnel. The review aimed to identify the evidence base for:
  • best practice career development models
  • the impacts and benefits of career development interventions on youth transitions
  • the skills young people need to enable them to manage their learning and work lifepaths
  • ways to address the needs of specific target groups.

Criteria for effective career development practice were distilled from the literature review. These included characteristics of

  • effective career development systems
  • effective delivery mechanisms
  • effective content.

These criteria were in turn applied to what happens in Australia at the moment and significant gaps were identified and recommendations made. This document is a very useful synthesis and starting point for countries who wish to develop or to improve career guidance provision for its citizens.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
By iccdppadm @ 8:39 PM :: 13195 Views :: 8 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Improving Career Information, Training and Qualifications, Co-ordination and Leadership, Asia Pacific, Australia, Expanding Access to Guidance, Co-ordination and Leadership

This Green Paper published by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in June 2012 proposes a way forward for a National Career Development Strategy for Australia. The Green Paper has been informed by extensive discussions with key stakeholders and by a number of national research projects.

The Australian Government recognises the need to support individuals, throughout their lives, to make appropriate choices about education, training and work, and to manage their careers successfully. A National Career Development Strategy will help to achieve this. The Green Paper:

·       outlines why career development is important for Australia’s future

·       indicates why Australia needs a National Career Development Strategy

·       suggests some initial priorities for a National Career Development Strategy; and

seeks feedback on these priorities.

This Green Paper provides very useful references to the research undertaken to inform the strategy and to good examples of practice as they exist at national, state and territory levels, and to international sources and approaches to career development and public policy.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Scottish Review of Employment and Skills 2011
By iccdppadm @ 5:05 AM :: 10870 Views :: 12 Comments :: :: Career Development, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Guidance for Unemployed Adults, Guidance for Older Adults, Guidance for Disadvantaged Groups, United Kingdom, Expanding Access to Guidance, Co-ordination and Leadership
The employment and skills systems need to work together to support individuals into employment with the skills to progress, and in turn, to provide the skills employers demand through responsive workforce development. The Skills for Scotland Strategy and its subsequent refresh in 2010 encourages the integration of employment and skills services to facilitate the journey individuals make from long term unemployment to sustained employment and in work progression. A pilot to match employment services with career guidance services was rolled out through all Skills Development Scotland and Jobcentre Plus public offices in Scotland and is now operational in all areas. However, integration of employment and skills services has not yet been achieved systemically in Scotland. What has occurred is joint working at a local level, driven by the ambition to deliver better outcomes for customers, which often takes place despite inflexibilities of the systems.

This report recommends 4 areas for action:
-coherent information: collection, sharing, understanding, and usage
-collaboration between partners: more inclusive partnership arrangements, identify and work towards common goals
-customer focus: involvement in design, delivery and evaluation of services
-progression: support sustainable employment and progression in work; explore a careers cluster approach to support individual progression at local level.
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Sunday, January 30, 2011
By iccdppadm @ 3:36 PM :: 10752 Views :: 3 Comments :: :: Career Development, Expanding Access to Guidance, European Union (EU), United Kingdom, Co-ordination and Leadership

Wales, bounded by land and sea, with a good mix of urban centres and rural aspects, is a part of the United Kingdom, with a population of 3 million people. It has its government and own parliament, the National Assembly of Wales, its own language, Welsh, and many people living in Wales are bi-lingual (English-Welsh).

This 2010 report, published by the Careers Policy Branch of the Welsh Assembly Government, is an externally led review of career services in Wales, comprising a wide range of service providers: schools, further education colleges, higher education, and Careers Wales and its constituent careers companies. People living in Wales are able to access career services through a mix of national telephone helpline, web and face to face services.

The report identifies the need for services to be more clearly defined and the quality of leadership improved. It offers pointers as to how relationships between providers may be improved in the interests of service users by building a more flexible, efficient, coherent and effective system of careers provision. These pointers form a medium term strategy for service development over the next 3 to 5 years.

This report is to be commended especially to viewers interested in how a small size country caters for the career development needs of its population.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
By iccdppadm @ 3:48 AM :: 13053 Views :: 5 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Co-ordination and Leadership, Pacific Islands
This Communique is an output of the Pacific Careers Network (PCN) which was established at the International Symposium for Career Development and Public Policy held in Wellington, New Zealand, in November 2009. It outlines the background and aims of the Symposium, a vision for PCN and definition of career, how the network will function, whom its partners will be, and the next steps for action.
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009
By iccdppadm @ 7:31 AM :: 12138 Views :: 3 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, New Zealand, Co-ordination and Leadership

This is the direction setting document that emerged from the Fifth International Symposium for Career Development and Public Policy that was hosted by Career Services in Wellington, New Zealand from 14 to 17 November 2009.

The themes for the Symposium were:

-Transformational technology

-Prove it works

-Role of the citizen

-Culture counts

The document sets out the Key Outcomes of the Symposium. For each of the four themes the underlying policy principles are identified, as are the follow-up actions for countries and for the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP). Already Canada has offered to lead on the Theme Prove it works and New Zealand on Transformational technology. Countries who were unable to participate in the Symposium are encouraged to join these international collaborative actions.

The invite-only Symposium was attended by 76 delegates representing policy, practice and research perspectives, comprising teams from 23 countries. In addition, there was senior representation from five international or regional bodies.

For the first time there was significant representation from Pacific Island nations. The focus for these countries was on establishing a career development network in the Pacific region.

The Symposium was opened by the Minister of Education, Hon. Anne Tolley. The Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, the Hon. Georgina Te Heuheu attended the initial meeting of the Pacific Careers Network, which took place during the Symposium.

The Symposium was co-chaired by Lester Oakes (New Zealand) and Kaye Turner (New Zealand) and the work of the Symposium was synthesised by Professor Tony Watts (United Kingdom) and Lynne Bezanson (Canada).


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