Educational & vocational guidance is becoming more and more an important element of lifelong learning. Individuals have to handle multiple transitions, e.g. from school into training or employment and with a lot of insecurities like unemployment & precarious employment. In these situations guidance plays a decisive role in the major decisions that individuals have to take throughout their lives. The current training provision in Europe, however, is still very diverse. Training for guidance practitioners may be mandatory or optional or from short uncertified courses to master’s degrees. A similar picture emerges if one focuses on teaching methods and course contents.
However adequately trained career guidance practitioners are a prerequisite for making high quality guidance service provision a reality for every European citizen. The challenge is therefore to identify and to develop the skills which are needed from guidance practitioners to handle a target group with a great distance from the labour market. Therefore training methods are needed which can be adopted to the different guidance practitioner roles and cultural/national settings.
GOOD GUIDANCE STORIES set out to answer the following question:
“What makes a guidance process successful from a guidance practitioner perspective and what are the skills which have to be developed and/or strengthened for answering these needs?”
The aim was to enrich the debate on continuous professional development of guidance practitioners – from a guidance practitioner’s perspective through
- the identification of needed skills and
- through the development of teaching material which is useful for guidance practitioners in different roles and settings across Europe.
The most important outcomes were:
- A recommendation handbook (targeting policy makers & professionals in the field of VET for guidance practitioners)
- a methodological guideline (teaching material)
- 6 case studies (teaching material)
The final conference of GOOD GUIDANCE STORIES took place on 5th November 2013 in Berlin. The conference presented the approach in developing learning and teaching material for guidance practitioners and considered the views of policy makers and networks dealing with educational vocational guidance.