STEM has been a buzz word in education policies in many countries in the past decade, responding to perceived existing and projected labour market skills needs. This article shows that different sets of STEM skills needs are not in equal demand across the many job areas that STEM encompasses ...
November 9, 2017John McCarthy
Future European co-operation in the field of policies and systems for lifelong guidance and the use of ICT in guidance policies, systems and practices were some of the main concerns of the Estonian EU Presidency conference, held in Talliin at the end of September with an attendance in excess of ...
November 8, 2017John McCarthy
Following on the publication of the Communique from the 2017 International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy, here is a ICCDPP IS2017 Communique-implementation-template-final devised by Dr Tristram Hooley. This template lists all of the possible actions at national or regional or organisational levels that a country could undertake in ...
July 13, 2017John McCarthy
Dear Readers Most of you did not have the opportunity to attend the International Symposium in Seoul, Korea, in June 2017. Just to recall the theme and subthemes: Theme: Career Development: At the Crossroads of Relevance and Impact Subtheme 1: Understanding How Work Opportunities are Changing Subtheme 2: Ensuring that the Content and Delivery of Career ...
July 5, 2017John McCarthy
Young people in Nepal face many challenges in making labour market and societal transitions, both of which are intertwined. Almost 70% of the workforce is engaged in agriculture, mainly family farming. School drop-out to support family livelihood occurs early in schooling. Emigration for work is very important in terms of ...
April 23, 2017John McCarthy
This post follows well on the last post entitled Changing Places! This Report, commissioned by the Centre for Better Ageing (UK) and undertaken by the Institute for Employment Studies (Brighton), presents the workplace and job-related factors that make employment fulfilling for older workers, offering insights into both the attitudes of ...
February 27, 2017John McCarthy
Why is there a growth in the percentage of older workers in the workforce in your country? New pension requirements? Skills shortages? Removal of age discrimination? All of the above? Other? Do you have policy responsibility and/or interest for the development and retention of older workers engaged in arduous work (work ...
February 27, 2017John McCarthy
In many countries, Entrepreneurship as a career option is often a marginalised choice because the general curricula of education and training at all levels pay little attention to the knowledge, skills and attitudes involved in entrepreneurship. This is often reinforced by careers information systems that emphasise employment over self-employment. Likewise, entrepreneurship ...
December 13, 2016John McCarthy
Among the less well-known bi-partisan political activities in the USA in the past few years has been the emergence of approaches to developing policies and policy instruments in the education, training and employment fields based on evidence of what works and the collection of longitudinal data of US citizen learning ...
November 16, 2016John McCarthy
This document summarises the experiences of four countries -Belgium, Norway, Germany, and Luxembourg- on how best to approach the challenges of integrating young people who are not in education, employment and training (NEETs). Each used variants of a FIND-MIND-BIND framework approach: early identification, establishing a trust relationship, and support to ...
October 14, 2016John McCarthy