Leading region

General background and the role of Regional and Local Authorities

As defined by both the Council of the European Union and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), lifelong guidance refers to “a continuous process that enables citizens at any age and at any point of their lives (lifelong) to: identify their capacities, competences and interests; make educational, training and other occupational decisions; manage their individual life paths in learning, work and other settings in which those capacities and competences are learned and/or used”.

As added by the Council of the European Union, “guidance covers a range of individual and collective activities relating to information-giving, counselling, competence assessment, support, and the teaching of decision-making and career management skills”.

Education, training and employment have increasingly fallen within the competence of Regions in Europe. And so lifelong guidance has become a matter of growing importance to them as they are confronted with the same challenges on their regional labour markets:

- How to help matching people with the education, training and jobs that suits them best?

- How to help speeding up the education-to-work transition and reducing the economic and social costs associated with early school leaving?

- How to empower individuals to manage their career paths in a more secure way?

- How to provide a guidance service of quality for all?

Lifelong guidance is one of the major answers to all these questions. It is therefore a key topic that Regions are trying to address in the framework of their policies for education, training and employment.

Purpose of the Working Group 

Exchange of experience on this key topic: Which challenges are you facing in your region? How is lifelong guidance organised? Which stakeholders are involved and how are they cooperating? Which solutions have you tried to implement?

Organise meetings with representatives of the European Institutions interested in lifelong guidance (European Commission, European Parliament, Council, Committee of the Regions) as well as representatives of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)

Organise study visits in our different regions and meet local practitioners active in the field

Ongoing activities

Project BRIDGE Building up Regional Initiatives to Develop Guidance for Low-Skilled Adults

The project focuses on special guidance needs of low-skilled adults, especially of those who are in employment but at risk of being excluded from the job-market because of missing qualifications.

Next steps: BRIDGE+ Erasmus+ application

Useful documents ↓

Achieving autonomy in parenthood – Baden-Württemberg

Achieving autonomy in parenthood – Jämtland

Alternance Education-Work - Baden-Württemberg

Cooperation among Regions for LLL Strategies

CoR – Draft opinion on multilinguism

DG EAC for EARLALL – Lifelong Learning Strategies for 2020

EARLALL Position Paper on Access to Culture

EARLALL Position Paper on Erasmus for all

EARLALL Position Paper on making Europe a LLL Area

EARLALL Position Paper on Strengthening LLL in Europe

EARLALL - Response on multilinguism (2005)

EARLALL – Sttement on Lifelong Learning

Education and Training during the crisis – DG EAC

Education and Training during the crisis – Wales

Equity through adult education – Andalucia

EU Development in the field of Adult Education (2010)

Europe 2020 and low-skilled people

Facing NEETs challenges – Jämtland

Facing NEETs challenges – Tuscany

Facing NEETs challenges – Wales

Focus on ET2020 - Baden-Württemberg

Lifelong Learning policies after the crisis - Baden-Württemberg

Low-skilled workers – Vidin

PRECOLL Project – EU Perspective

PRECOLL Project – Overview

PRECOLL Project – Policy paper (part 1)

PRECOLL Project – Policy paper (part 2)

PRECOLL Project – Presentation

PRECOLL Project – Seminar February 2010

The benefits of the EU for LLL