COMMUNIQUE OF THE 9TH SYMPOSIUM ON CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY, JUNE 2019
|How governments can support citizens to build fulfilling careers |
was the focus of the ninth International Symposium for Career
Development and Public Policy, held in Tromsø, Norway on 17th-20th June 2019. During the Symposium representatives from 33 countries and from UNESCO, the OECD, European Commission,
European Training Foundation and the European Centre for the
Development of Vocational Training, dialogued and identified a
range of effective policies and practices. These discussions are
summarised in this Communiqué.
The following is a summary of the key recommendations:
Theme 1: Addressing a changing context
1. Develop a cross-sectoral strategy for career development  and embed
it into wider skills, education, employment and social policies.
2. Strengthen quantitative and qualitative evidence on career development
to support decisions about policy and practice.
3. Create mechanisms for sharing and learning from international policy
4. Ensure that career development programmes and services develop
citizens’ ability to manage their own careers
Theme 2: Improving access
5. Increase awareness of, and access to, career development programmes
6. Recognise the diversity of users of career development programmes and services and ensure that provision recognises this diversity.
Theme 3: Integrating career development into society
7. Establish mechanisms to support co-ordination and co-operation
between government departments and agencies with responsibility for
career development and associated fields.
8. Empower citizens to shape career development programmes and
9. Develop and resource a national body to support consultation and
co-ordination in career development.
Theme 4: Supporting innovation
10. Provide resources to support innovation and space for piloting new
career development programmes and services.
11. Adopt an integrated and transformative multi-channel approach to the delivery of career development programmes and services.
12. Ensure that career development professionals are highly trained and
supported to continue to innovate and develop their practice.
Keep an eye on the Symposium website for uploading of the
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