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Monday, September 24, 2012
By iccdppadm @ 9:00 PM :: 11461 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 :: 11772 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 :: 9263 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 :: 13219 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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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Pathway Planning; Informing learning, building connections, strengthening transitions
By iccdppadm @ 5:31 PM :: 9391 Views :: 28 Comments :: :: Guidance in Schools and Training, Asia Pacific, Australia
Written in 2007 by Peter Tatham and Joyce Johnston, this report commissioned by the Tasmanian Department of Education, reviews the implementation of a pathways planning support programme for young Tasmanians in their post-school/compulsory education transitions. The aim of this support was to help young people plan, prepare, and make informed choices about post-school destinations within the overall Department policy of improving educational outcomes and retention and participation rates in education and training for young people aged 15 to 19 years. The review looks at the engagement of all stakeholders with the programme. Elements of the programme included work exploration, skills/attributes identification, and making future plans, delivered through class teaching and individual interview work.

The report illustrates the challenges encountered by school management, teachers, parents and young people when new components are added on to the formal curriculum of the school.
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Monday, April 04, 2011
Making Career Development Core Business by Prof. Richard Sweet and Prof. Tony Watts*
By iccdppadm @ 6:30 PM :: 11028 Views :: 27 Comments :: :: Public Policy, Guidance in Schools and Training, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Assessing Effectiveness, Australia, Co-ordination and Leadership

This study*, published in December 2010, was commissioned by the Departments of Education and of Business and Innovation of the State of Victoria, Australia. Victoria has a population of 5.5 million inhabitants living mainly in urban areas.

The focus of the study was the effectiveness of career guidance provision for young people in secondary schools and in VET and ACE settings. Existing career development programmes and provision were reviewed and state, national and international best practice drawn on.

Recommendations for improvements include: career guidance in the curriculum, school management of career guidance provision, the leadership role of the Department of Education, strategic support for career guidance in VET and ACE settings, external services support, school education region support, State-wide coordination in this field, cooperation and coordination between agencies that assist the career development of youth at risk, and support for families.

The full list of contributors to this review were: Professor Richard Sweet, Dr Veronica Volkoff, Professor A.G. Watts, Sue Helme, Dr Suzanne Rice, Professor Jack Keating, Sujatha Pannell.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Economic Benefits of Career Development Services by CICA
By jmcadmin @ 7:00 PM :: 13099 Views :: 16 Comments :: :: Funding Career Guidance, Assessing Effectiveness, Asia Pacific, Australia
This report was commissioned by the Careers Industry Council of Australia in 2006. It looked at possible areas of research on the economic benefits derived from the provision of career development services. The key benefit identified was better informed career decision-making that leads to improved labour market outcomes. The conclusions outline potential avenues to help inform future research into the economic benefits of career development services.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
By iccdppadm @ 3:48 AM :: 13059 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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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
AUSTRALIA:National Partnership Agreement on Youth Attainment and Transitions
By iccdppadm @ 2:16 AM :: 16170 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, May 28, 2009
Social Inclusion: Origins, Concepts and Key Themes published by the Australian Government
By iccdppadm @ 8:59 AM :: 15763 Views :: 28 Comments :: :: Public Policy, Guidance in Schools and Training, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Guidance for Unemployed Adults, Guidance for Disadvantaged Groups, Australia, Expanding Access to Guidance

This 2008 report describes some of the definitional, conceptual and historical foundations of the concept of social inclusion. It summarises the strengths and limitations of Australian and international approaches to the topic so far, and sketches some of the scope of exclusion in terms of locational disadvantage, intergenerational disadvantage, children at risk, child poverty and jobless families, employment, mental health, disability and homelessness. It also discusses the relational dimension of exclusion. The report provides elements of policy approaches to move from exclusion to inclusion.

Career guidance is often used as part of multidimensional strategies to address exclusion issues; indeed in its origins it was part of a social reform movement. In order to see where it may or can play a role, this report is essential background reading.

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