Career Guidance and Public Policy

Career Guidance and Public Policy

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12 Feb 2004
9789264105669 (PDF) ;9789264105645(print)

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OECD countries are attaching rising importance to lifelong learning and active employment policies as tools of economic growth and social equity. Effective information and guidance systems are essential to support the implementation of these policies, and all citizens need to develop the skills to self-manage their careers. Yet there are large gaps between these policy goals and the capacity of national career guidance systems. Based upon a review conducted in 14 OECD countries, this publication explores how these gaps might be narrowed. It advocates improved national co-ordination arrangements and greater attention to research and data collection to inform policy makers. It also promotes the development of improved and more specialised training programmes for practitioners and the creation of more specialised career guidance organisations for the delivery of services.

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Table of Contents

Overview and Key Conclusions
Chapter 1. Policy Challenges for Career Guidance
Chapter 2. Is Career Guidance Up to the Challenge?
Chapter 3. Meeting the Career Guidance Needs of Young People
Chapter 4. Meeting the Career Guidance Needs of Adults
Chapter 5. Widening Access through Innovative and Diverse Delivery
Chapter 6. Providing Career Information More Effectively
Chapter 7. Staffing Career Guidance
Chapter 8. Funding Career Guidance
Chapter 9. How Can Policy Influence the Practice of Career Guidance
Chapter 10. Building Policy Frameworks for Lifelong Guidance
Annex 1. How the Review was Conducted
Annex 2. Career Education in the United States
Annex 3. The Training, Qualifications, and Work Roles of Staff Providing Personal Career Guidance in Schools and Public Employment Services
Annex 4. Estimates of Total Government Expenditure on Career Guidance in Three Countries (Australia, Austria, England)

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