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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Outreach and guidance

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Development adopted the Rulebook on Career Guidance and Counseling Standards in June 2019. These standards present the framework for the development and improvement of the career guidance and counseling system in the Republic of Serbia. Primarily, they are guidelines for educational institutions, institutions in the employment sector as well as organizations in the field of youth work.

When refugees arrive in a country, it is important to start the process of orientation towards the labour market in the new country as early as possible. Therefore, career guidance has been piloted in Norway since 2016 for refugees in asylum reception centres. The piloting continues in 2019, extended to including career guidance for resettlement refugees (quota refugees) and persons who have arrived in Norway because of family reunification.

Although creativity and innovation are considered one of the key driving forces in modern economies, to date there have been few approaches concerning creativity and innovation management. There are also very few educational approaches applied at the interface of continuing education, institutes of higher education and business that systematically promote these skills and competencies.

The Carmichael Mentor scheme is for CEOs and managers of nonprofit organisations, putting them in contact with mentors with backgrounds in a range of sector such as large corporate, SME, public sector and the nonprofit sector who will provide confidential one-to-one advice and guidance.

The closing date for applications is by 5pm, Friday, 29th of March 2019.

In February, the Žena na prekretnici (Women at the Crossroads) Association is starting a new cycle of workshops intended for the unemployed women over 45. The workshops are one of the activities of this Association aimed at helping and empowering women in a sensitive age to re-engage socially and economically.

Ruth Baker is EU Project Officer with Ballymun Job Centre in Ballymun, Dublin 11. The Centre uses Erasmus+ Vocational Education and Training funding to collaborate with European partners.  Their projects focus on Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. In this blog Ruth talks about the challenges and benefits of working on these Erasmus+ VET KA2 Strategic Partnership projects.

23 August 2019
by Laura Austen-Gray
We can all agree that the challenge for everyone is to make informed decisions throughout their lives. This concerns both the choice of education and how they go about their career decisions. This can involve thoughtful choices, decisions determined by circumstances, and seizing opportunities. But when we observe these decisions after the fact, we rarely find a strategic coherence, an organised rationality but more often a combination of what people desire for themselves and adaptation to chance. The unexpected often arises. 
15 July 2019
by André Chauvet

When working with adults, a lot of expertise usually emerges in the group and a skilful trainer can use this expertise to support learning in the group. The most optimal environment for this to succeed is a group with a trusting atmosphere and a good team spirit.

Examining career guidance today requires more general consideration of the effects of the current environment on people’s circumstances and career paths: increased transitions or terminations, non-linearity, unpredictability. Navigating a career path is no longer a one-time deed, but rather an ongoing process that must be analysed in all its facets to build the most relevant services and practices; This first article covers issues of access to reliable and operational information on the world of work.
7 June 2019
by André Chauvet
What are the reasons for not taking advantage of the services on offer? What are the individual factors leading to the career breaks? What would be the services most likely to avoid these drop-outs and to give people continuous support? If the studies are numerous and the devices are many, we often lack a key element: what do the people think? Is it simply because of specific individual situations? Or are there key elements and recurring factors in the reasons?
The importance of lifelong learning and the development of many skills we need for the future are some of the more important issues that professionals and career practitioners are dealing with in many countries. The idea and initiative to organize the Cross-Border seminar this year also brings with it significant benefits to the participants. For almost 15 years, the practice of maintaining this kind of cooperation with countries active in the field of Career Guidance and Counselling (CgaC) has proven useful and important in improving the competencies of career practitioners. The theme of this year's Cross Border Seminar held in Bled, Slovenia was "Skills for the future".
If you are interested in knowing more about adults attending MOOCs, you will discover that there is still little research on this specific group, representing a minority of the users. New insights are now available which have emerged from a study I published in a book edited by Springer that includes researches presented at the 7th International Workshop on Learning Technology for Education Challenges, (LTEC 2018), titled: What Learning Professionals Should Know.

Studies on implementation of newly acquired skills show that without support mechanisms, learning itself does not result in knowledge and new skills being used in the workplace. A research conducted by the Partners of “Extended Learning Support System (ELSS)” Project confirms employers and HR departments’ desire for a tool that would support implementation of training effects into the workplace. The respondents of the research agreed that such tool, available online, would help to grow their organizations.

28 March 2019
by Artur Mazurek
Friday 20 September 2019, Poland

Sympozjum: Wiedza na temat poradnictwa na studiach pedagogicznych. W poszukiwaniu remedium na problemy współczesnego świata

W ramach X Ogólnopolskiego Zjazdu Pedagogicznego zaplanowano specjalistyczne sympozjum dotyczące poradnictwa zawodowego "Wiedza na temat poradnictwa na studiach pedagogicznych. W poszukiwaniu remedium na problemy współczesnego świata". Spotkanie odbędzie się 20 września w Warszawie.

Tuesday 1 October 2019 to Thursday 3 October 2019, Colombia

International Conference on Learning Cities

UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) members from around the world will have the opportunity to exchange and discuss effective lifelong learning policies and practices at this year’s International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC), which will take place in MedellÍn, Colombia, from 1 to 3 October 2019.

Tuesday 22 October 2019, Austria

EPALE-Webinar: Das Social Media Update: Instagram

Welche Möglichkeiten bietet Instagram, wie nutzt man die Plattform möglichst effizient und welche Herausforderungen muss man kennen? Antworten und Erklärungen dazu liefert das Webinar in 5 Schritten. Praktische Beispiele inklusive.

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Tuesday 15 October 2019, Austria

EPALE-Webinar: Das Social Media Update: Twitter

Twitter ist – im Vergleich mit Facebook und Instagram – ein sehr spezifischer Social Media Kanal in Österreich. Für welche Ziele und Zielgruppen sich ein privater oder beruflicher Twitter Account eignet und wie man erfolgreich mit der Plattform arbeitet, erfährt man in dieser Bildungsaktivität.

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Thursday 7 November 2019 to Friday 8 November 2019, Norway

Kvalitet i karriereveiledning – fra visjon til praksis

Alle vil ha karriereveiledning av høy kvalitet – men hvordan lykkes med det? På denne konferansen tar vi tak i visjonen om profesjonell karriereveiledning av høy kvalitet, og stiller spørsmålet om hvordan en slik visjon kan omsettes til praksis.

Konferansen er for karriereveiledere og andre som jobber med karriereveiledning i alle sektorer, og for de som har ansvar for karriereveiledning på systemnivå eller i akademia.

In March 2018, The Department of Education and Skills of Ireland commissioned a review of career guidance tools and information provision at post-primary level up to further and higher education.

The review looked at the quality of information available in relation to career guidance, the sources of this information, and how the system is organised.

On the 24th April 2019 the resulting report was launched, and can be found here. 

Looking for a flexible, interactive and, above all, a practical training course that will make it easier to plan classes and interact with your students using digital instruments and tools? is a great opportunity for you to become a more competent digital teacher. 

In the scope of the activities of EPALE National Support Team and National Euroguidance Network Centre, the Foundation Tempus in Serbia hosted a two-day training course named Coping with helplessness: How to use career guidance and counseling to empower adults from vulnerable groups, which will be held in Belgrade from 27 to 28 November 2018.

The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE)  and Euroguidance Ireland host regular study visits with the aim of supporting the sharing of best practice in guidance among practitioners and other relevant professionals.

Between the 19th and 21st February 2019,  NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland hosted a study visit in Dublin with representatives from Belgium (Flanders), Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Romania.

EPALE National Support Service issues an electronic magazine each month tied to the thematic focus on EPALE. The magazine contains a selection of most read blogs on the platform translated into Serbian and other articles relevant to adult education in Serbia and Europe.

In accordance with the EPALE monthly focus the magazine in November 2018 dealt with Adult learning in career development.

EPALE National Support Service issues an electronic magazine each month tied to the thematic focus on EPALE. The magazine contains a selection of most read blogs on the platform translated into Serbian and other articles relevant to adult education in Serbia and Europe.

In accordance with the EPALE monthly focus the magazine in April 2018 dealt with Outreach and guidance in adult learning.

Since 2012, the French coordination of EAAL has been conducting action-research work on the issue of transverse skills.. The aim is to equip professionals in their roles of guidance, social and professional integration with low skilled adults. The notion of “transverse” refers here to a set of skills that can be mobilized in various professional situations. They range in 5 dimensions: organization/ adaptability and autonomy/ sociability/ communication/ initiative and participation.

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This online discussion is dedicated to the closing conference of project GOAL (Guidance and Orientation for Adult Learners) Closing Conference "Guidance and counselling for low educated adults: from practice to policy" which will be held 17-18 January 2018, Egmont Palace, Brussels

The representative of Serbian EPALE National support service and the winners of the writing contest “Activities in Career Guidance and Counseling in Adult Education” will attend the conference and report live through this discussion. Serbian EPALE NSS invites all to follow and contribute with comments.