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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
By iccdppadm @ 5:11 PM :: 13616 Views :: 34 Comments :: :: Public Policy, Guidance in Schools and Training, Guidance in Tertiary Education, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Guidance for Unemployed Adults, Guidance for Employed Adults, Guidance for Older Adults, Guidance for Disadvantaged Groups, European Commission (EC), Expanding Access to Guidance, Co-ordination and Leadership, France
Ce document etait préparé en vue de l’Examen de l’OCDE sur les politiques d’orientation professionnelle à la demande conjointe de la Commission européenne et de l’OCDE et publie en 2002. Il est presente en quatre parties:
  • Les conditions d'une decision rationnelle: approches economiques
  • Autres facteurs de complication de la decision professionnelle
  • Au-dela de l'information: activites de conseil et d'orientation professionnelle
  • Conclusions: vers un approche constructiviste de l'orientation professionnelle
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Scottish Review of Employment and Skills 2011
By iccdppadm @ 5:05 AM :: 10883 Views :: 12 Comments :: :: Career Development, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Guidance for Unemployed Adults, Guidance for Older Adults, Guidance for Disadvantaged Groups, United Kingdom, Expanding Access to Guidance, Co-ordination and Leadership
The employment and skills systems need to work together to support individuals into employment with the skills to progress, and in turn, to provide the skills employers demand through responsive workforce development. The Skills for Scotland Strategy and its subsequent refresh in 2010 encourages the integration of employment and skills services to facilitate the journey individuals make from long term unemployment to sustained employment and in work progression. A pilot to match employment services with career guidance services was rolled out through all Skills Development Scotland and Jobcentre Plus public offices in Scotland and is now operational in all areas. However, integration of employment and skills services has not yet been achieved systemically in Scotland. What has occurred is joint working at a local level, driven by the ambition to deliver better outcomes for customers, which often takes place despite inflexibilities of the systems.

This report recommends 4 areas for action:
-coherent information: collection, sharing, understanding, and usage
-collaboration between partners: more inclusive partnership arrangements, identify and work towards common goals
-customer focus: involvement in design, delivery and evaluation of services
-progression: support sustainable employment and progression in work; explore a careers cluster approach to support individual progression at local level.
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Monday, August 29, 2011
Careers Work with Young People: Collapse or Transition by Dr Tristram Hooley and Dr Tony Watts
By iccdppadm @ 6:25 AM :: 8369 Views :: 9 Comments :: :: Guidance in Schools and Training, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Guidance for Disadvantaged Groups, United Kingdom, Expanding Access to Guidance
This 2011 report examines the current state of careers services for young people in ENGLAND. It describes some of significant negative effects at local and educational institutional levels of recent changes in government policy concerning such services and of government funding cutbacks for those services. It raises implications for government, local authorities, schools, and for the careers profession.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Self-Help and Career Planning: Report for Skills Development Scotland 2009
By iccdppadm @ 9:39 PM :: 13250 Views :: 13 Comments :: :: Parents and Career Guidance, Guidance in Schools and Training, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Expanding Access to Guidance, Assessing Effectiveness, United Kingdom

This report prepared by the Centre for Educational Sociology at the University of  Edinburgh, describes a trial of possible measures of young people’s career self management skills and decision-making. The research considered pupils’ use of self-help services, in particular career development websites, and the impact of these websites on pupils’ career related learning and skills.

The main findings include:

  • the use of career development websites in Scotland has had a very limited impact on pupils' career related learning and skills; the only positive discernible impact on career related learning and skills was from an interview with a careers adviser
  • the use of the school's career library had a greater impact on pupils' career management skills than did the use of the main Scottish career development websites
  • for school-pupils, self-help provision is only one element that is used alongside other career service provision
  • truancy, having a negative attitude to school, and lower attainment were associated with a lower usage of self-help services including career websites. These factors, however, did not make a difference to the chances of pupils having direct contact with a careers advisor (both on a group and an individual basis)
  • pupils from a minority ethnic background were more likely to seek direct contact with a careers advisor than to use self-help services
  • family and friends are considered by pupils to be their most important source of career information and advice.

These findings are important in the light of the central role envisaged for career development websites (as well as other ICT) in government strategies for careers related learning and skills.

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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 :: 11026 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, September 07, 2010
By iccdppadm @ 8:50 PM :: 12569 Views :: 48 Comments :: :: Guidance in Schools and Training, Guidance in Tertiary Education, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Assessing Effectiveness, Europe, United Kingdom

This publication (2008) written for the CfBT by Dr Deirdre Hughes is situated in UK policy aims of increasing the participation of young people in further education and training in the UK with specific targeted increases for years 2013 and 2015. In particular the publication examines how the impact of information, advice and guidance services can be assessed in assisting the achievement of such targets. This is an important question facing policy-makers, service delivery managers, practitioners and as well as the concerned public.

While written for a UK audience, the text is an excellent source of knowledge and information on general issues concerning evidence, its nature and collection, and on possible policy performance indicators. Its chapters cover:

  • key questions about evidence
  • the evidence base
  • strategies, tips and tools for measuring and assessing the impact of careers and guidance-related interventions
  • the customer voice-personalisation.

A very useful glossary of terms is provided in Appendix 2. Highly recommended.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Proposed Performance Measures and State Responses: Analysis and Next Steps
By iccdppadm @ 8:50 PM :: 15488 Views :: 13 Comments :: :: Guidance for Young People at Risk, Guidance for Unemployed Adults, Guidance for Older Adults, Guidance for Disadvantaged Groups, Assessing Effectiveness, Americas, USA

This report (2004) by Chris T King and Sarah Looney of the Ray Marshall Centre of UTA contains a discussion of 30 workforce development performance measures generated by several US states for 7 areas of interest to policy and program leaders and rated by them for usefulness.

The seven areas are: outcomes for employers and the economy; labour market outcomes for program participants; social welfare outcomes; customer satisfaction; skills gains; return on investment; and sub-group and comparative information. A One-Stop Career Centre was one of the features of services examined in this context.

In their review of the measures, the authors used the following lenses: rationale; feasibility; accuracy; validity; systems focus; time frames; and definitions.

While career development services were only one of the program features examined, the lenses used by the authors can be of value to policy makers/developers, delivery service managers, researchers, and leaders of the career guidance community in the search for meaningful policy performance indicators.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
By iccdppadm @ 8:35 PM :: 17373 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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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
AUSTRALIA:National Partnership Agreement on Youth Attainment and Transitions
By iccdppadm @ 2:16 AM :: 16169 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 :: 15762 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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