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Lifelong Guidance

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.

Projects linked to Lifelong Guidance