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Friday, August 07, 2009
Translating Career Theory into Practice: The Risk of Unintentional Social Injustice
By iccdppadm @ 1:11 PM :: 12489 Views :: 7 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Assessing Effectiveness, Americas, Expanding Access to Guidance, Co-ordination and Leadership, USA

This article, written by Dr Jim Sampson of Florida State University and delivered as a presentation at the IAEVG conference in Jyvaskyla in June 2009, examines two elements of policies for career guidance: the effectiveness of career guidance interventions in relation to cost and access to such interventions by citizens. It commences by identifying the different elements of career guidance and proceeds to examine the translation of career theory to practice, the effectiveness of career guidance interventions, and the access people have to career guidance. Collaborative counselling is proposed as an intervention to improve access. The paper ends with a discussion on how to balance effectiveness and access in career guidance delivery.

In his preparation of this paper, Prof Sampson noted the lack of a comprehensive and consistent evidence base for career guidance interventions and the little or no attention paid to integrating career theory, public policy, and the cost-effectiveness of career guidance interventions.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
AUSTRALIA:National Partnership Agreement on Youth Attainment and Transitions
By iccdppadm @ 2:16 AM :: 14764 Views :: 10 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Guidance in Schools and Training, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Assessing Effectiveness, Australia, Co-ordination and Leadership

This is a recently signed agreement between the Australian federal government and the States and Territories of Australia. It is designed to address the objectives of the National Education Agreement and the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development already signed by the same parties.

The new agreement covers the engagement of young people aged 15 to 24 with learning, work, employment and the transitions involved, particulary to improve outcomes in educational attainment. There is special reference to social inclusion aims, especially for the indigenuous disadvantaged. Its overall aim is to better align federal, State and Territory programmes and services related to youth, career and transitions. Under the agreement the States and Territories will gradually assume primary responsibility for career guidance activities.

The agreement sets out indicative actions and outcomes for the following reform areas:

  • multiple learning paths
  • career development
  • mentoring
  • school, business, community partnerships
  • individualised, personalised support for young people at risk.

It also sets out performance indicators and benchmarks for the agreement.

This Agreement is one example of how federal and regional governments can share the responsibility of career guidance provision and of the devolution of power to the regions with performance indicators.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Lifelong Learning and Securing Career Paths: Proceedings of EU Presidency Conference Nov 2008
By iccdppadm @ 5:40 AM :: 13853 Views :: 14 Comments :: :: Career Development, Guidance for Unemployed Adults, Guidance for Employed Adults, Guidance for Older Adults, Guidance for Disadvantaged Groups, Co-ordination and Leadership, European Commission (EC), EU, Expanding Access to Guidance

This publication is a summary of the proceedings of a French Presidency of the EU conference supported by the European Commission's Directorates for Education and for Employment. The conference aimed to identify the challenges, to set out common findings, and to outline measures taken to make lifelong learning more effective. Lifelong learning was seen as at the heart of the flexicurity principle.

As you will see from the proceedings, most of the time was devoted to issues concerning initial and continuing vocational training: access by SMEs, by older, disabled, migrant, unskilled; employer or employee led;  partnerships, motivation; costs and benefits.

The importance of career guidance and counselling was underlined by Heléne Clark, director of the EC's DG for Education, and was also underlined in the French Secretary of State for Employment's discourse on training system reform.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Kosovo: Career Guidance Policy and Practice Review by ETF
By iccdppadm @ 1:48 AM :: 11620 Views :: 6 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Developing Countries, Europe, Co-ordination and Leadership

This paper produced by Helmut Zelloth of the European Training Foundation (ETF) traces the history of career guidance provision in the education, training and employment sectors in Kosovo particularly since 2001. Based on field visit observations and relevant documentation, the paper sets out the strengths, weaknesses, and policy and other recommendations for career guidance provision in Kosovo.

Kosovo is a landlocked country with boundaries of 702 kms and a population of 1.8m people. Its population is aged mainly under 28 years.

This paper is a useful description of one country's experience in charting the way forward to developing a policy and system for guidance provision where none existed previously.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Careers Wales: a Review in an International Perspective
By iccdppadm @ 1:36 PM :: 12550 Views :: 6 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Co-ordination and Leadership, Assessing Effectiveness, European Union (EU), United Kingdom

This review undertaken by Prof. Tony Watts for the Welsh Assembly Government, was part of a wider review of careers services in Wales, UK. Its aim was to review the work of Careers Wales in terms of strengths and challenges, including its links to other career guidance providers, in an international context, using benchmarks provided by the OECD Career Guidance Policy Review and drawing comparisons with other main all-age guidance providers in New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland (with some reflections on comparisons with the adult careers services in England).

The report is structured as follows:

  • setting the direction (policy context, structure, resources, international context)
  • shaping the service (including access, coherence, targeting, and marketing)
  • improving performance (assuring quality)
  • working with other guidance providers
  • summary of strengths and challenges.

The development of lifelong guidance delivery systems and access to such by citizens is a high political priority in Europe. In most countries segmented and dis-associated career guidance services exist; and one approach to overcome such boundaries is to develop a networked and linked approach to the provision of an all-age service. This report is essential reading on one country's experience of a network linked approach, enhanced with comparisons to other all-age models in other countries.

 

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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Career Guidance Policies: Global Dynamics, Local Resonances
By iccdppadm @ 6:35 AM :: 12726 Views :: 5 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Developing Countries, Co-ordination and Leadership, Africa, Middle East, EU, Palestine: West Bank and Gaza Strip, Egypt

This Occasional Paper, prepared by Prof Ronald Sultana for iCeGS, UK, in 2008, assesses the dynamics of international policy learning (policy lending and policy borrowing), its possible motives, and key mechanisms by which transfers of learning take place. It raises questions regarding the value and limitations of deterritorialised policy exchange, noting that career guidance practice is firmly rooted in a particular complex of values and meanings that are entwined in the social and economic environment of each country and region.

The author draws on his work experiences in Malta, Palestine and Egypt, to illustrate the way transnational and globalised agendas are reconfigured and reinterpreted at the local level.

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Friday, May 15, 2009
International Labour Organisation: Human Resources Development Recommendation 195, of 2004
By iccdppadm @ 6:50 AM :: 15241 Views :: 8 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Guidance for Unemployed Adults, Guidance for Employed Adults, Guidance for Older Adults, Guidance for Disadvantaged Groups, Co-ordination and Leadership, International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Recommendation 195 concerning human resource development - education, training and lifelong learning - has 11 chapters including:

  • development and implementation of education and training policies
  • education and pre-employment training
  • development of competencies
  • training for decent work and social inclusion
  • framework for the recognition and certification of skills
  • training roviders
  • career guidance and training support
  • research
  • international and technical cooperation.

Members agreed through social dialogue to formulate, apply and review national human resource development, education and training, and lifelong learning policies which are consistent with economic, fiscal and social policies. Career guidance is positioned as central to national HRD policies.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Hungary - Guidance Services in Basic Education and VET: Issues and Trends
By iccdppadm @ 1:56 PM :: 15314 Views :: 7 Comments :: :: Career Development, Guidance in Schools and Training, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Expanding Access to Guidance, Training and Qualifications, European Union (EU), Hungary
This article wriiten by Tibor Bors Borbely provides the background to the present offer of guidance services in compulsory education and vocational education and training in Hungary. It describes the challenges facing the system and current developments.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Szakpolitikai állásfoglalása az uniós követelményekkel harmonizált élethosszig tartó életút támogató (pályaorientációs) tanácsadási/ orientációs nemzeti rendszer kialakításáról
By iccdppadm @ 1:51 PM :: 17559 Views :: 15 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Expanding Access to Guidance, Co-ordination and Leadership, European Union (EU), Hungary

This is the first document published on this site in Hungarian. It is the policy statement adopted by the National Lifelong Guidance Council in July 2008, the English version of which can also be found on this site.

  1. It outlines reform measures required to develop an interlinked lifelong guidance system
  2. It provides an overview of guidance service developments in the last 30 years in Hungary set against the background of international developments
  3. The statement presents a set of proposals for building a nationally coordinated system - key tasks and specific steps for the policy areas of education, training and employment.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Policy Statement on a National System for Lifelong Guidance in Hungary
By iccdppadm @ 1:40 PM :: 12800 Views :: 2 Comments :: :: Career Development, Public Policy, Co-ordination and Leadership, European Union (EU), Expanding Access to Guidance, Hungary

This policy statement was adopted by the National Lifelong Guidance Council in July 2008.

  1. It outlines reform measures required to develop an interlinked lifelong guidance system
  2. It provides an overview of guidance service developments in the last 30 years in Hungary set against the background of international developments
  3. The statement presents a set of proposals for building a nationally coordinated system - key tasks and specific steps for the policy areas of education, training and employment.
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