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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Career Information, Advice and Guidance in Scotland (2011)
By iccdppadm @ 7:59 PM :: 9232 Views :: 23 Comments :: :: Public Policy, United Kingdom, Co-ordination and Leadership
This recently published paper from the Scottish government sets out the strategic directions for the future provision of career guidance services in Scotland. It supports the provision of an all-age, universal service, with appropriate targeting of those most at need. Skills Development Scotland is given a key leadership role working in partnership with a diverse range of providers and professional associations, including employers. The paper emphasises the use of ICT as part of integrated service delivery, the need to teach career management skills, the professionalisation of the services provided, and government expectations of providers.
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Sunday, January 30, 2011
By iccdppadm @ 5:16 PM :: 10294 Views :: 27 Comments :: :: Public Policy, European Union (EU), United Kingdom, Co-ordination and Leadership

This document is the response of Leighton Andrews, Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, National Government of Wales, to the recommendations of the report: Future ambitions: developing careers services in Wales.

It is a good example of how review report recommendations can be implemented within the statutory responsibilities of a minister, and taking into account other constraints. 

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Thursday, January 20, 2011
By iccdppadm @ 7:20 PM :: 11956 Views :: 7 Comments :: :: Public Policy, Expanding Access to Guidance, Funding Career Guidance, Europe, United Kingdom

This report produced for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills addresses how technology is reshaping the career support market and the implications of this for policy makers and for the funding and delivery of services. The career support market is defined as the conceptual space within which individuals who desire career support transact with those who provide it. Technology contributes not only to increasing consumer choice and to improving the cost-effectiveness of services; it has also led to the development of new service paradigms, especially through social media applications.  It has changed how career support is being experienced by individuals and how the support services are managed, delivered and taken up. 

The report describes different styles of government intervention in the career support market involving the use of technology, including some international comparisons, and the business models that underpin the market. It provides some conclusions on the role of the government in the market in general, and its roles in ensuring more creative and strategic use of the opportunities provided by technology.

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Sunday, September 05, 2010
Social Mobility of Young People and Adults in England: The contribution and impact of high quality career services
By iccdppadm @ 9:43 PM :: 11873 Views :: 10 Comments :: :: Public Policy, Guidance for Disadvantaged Groups, Assessing Effectiveness, European Union (EU), United Kingdom
While the context and content of this paper sit firmly within the expressed political positions of the three main UK political parties during the present year, 2010, Section 3 of the report demonstrates that career services and counselling support can and do make a difference in terms of learning outcomes such as increased self-confidence, self-esteem, motivation, and enhanced decision-making. They also support significant participation in learning and educational attainment. For progression to employment, the evidence is less clear though there is some evidence that highly intensive support for the unemployed can make a difference.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
By iccdppadm @ 8:35 PM :: 17221 Views :: 8 Comments :: :: Public Policy, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Guidance for Unemployed Adults, Guidance for Older Adults, Guidance for Disadvantaged Groups, Assessing Effectiveness, Americas, USA

This policy brief (2005) by Sarah Looney and Chris T King provides backround to the movement to develop a standard set of performance measures for publicly funded programmes that comprise the US workforce development system. It also reviews two prominent US proposals: common measures proposed by the Office of Management and Budget , and the measures of the Integrated Performance Information Project.

While not specifically dealing with the performance indicators for career guidance/development services and programmes, the content of the policy brief has pertinence for such discussions in the USA and beyond. 

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
By iccdppadm @ 3:48 AM :: 12999 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 :: 12084 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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Friday, August 07, 2009
Translating Career Theory into Practice: The Risk of Unintentional Social Injustice
By iccdppadm @ 1:11 PM :: 13599 Views :: 8 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 :: 16117 Views :: 26 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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Thursday, July 16, 2009
In Demand: Career Guidance in EU Neighbouring Countries
By jmcadmin @ 9:13 AM :: 19840 Views :: 2 Comments :: :: Public Policy, European Training Foundation (ETF), Co-ordination and Leadership, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Albania, Macedonia, Ukraine, Georgia, Montenegro
Taking as its starting point the public demand for career guidance, this study by Helmut Zelloth of the European Training Foundation examines policy and practice of career guidance in 9 EU neighbouring countries: Montenegro, Macedonia, Turkey, Albania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Egypt and Jordan through a comparative lense. It describes existing provision and innovation and addresses issues of policy and strategic leadership. It is another excellent ETF publication in this field that aims to facilitate international policy sharing and learning as well as to promote homegrown policy development and implementation. The methodology used included field study and desk and other research.
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