The European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) has published the EU Guidelines for Lifelong Guidance Policies and Systems: A Reference Framework for the EU and for the Commission.
The ELPGN have published new guidelines for lifelong guidance in collaboration with CEDEFOP, Member States and the European Commission. The publication covers all relevant sectors and policy areas, including employment, education and training, youth, disadvantaged groups and seniors.
Lifelong guidance is defined by the European Council as:
A continuous process that enables citizens at any age and at any point in their lives to identify their capacities, competences and interests, to make educational, training and occupational decisions, and to manage their individual life paths in learning, work and other settings in which those capacities and competences are learned and/or used.
The document states that the main goal of the guidelines is “(…) to help improve the quality and efficacy of the career learning experience of all EU citizens.” It could be used as a reference point for national and EU policy-makers in the education, training, employment and social inclusion fields, and for Member States to respond coherently to common challenges in these areas.
ELGPN says that the provision of lifelong guidance is important to EU citizens. Individuals and communities in society have different capacities to find information about learning and work opportunities, and to make informed decisions based on this data. Lifelong guidance provision has a key role in addressing these differences.
You can find the guidelines in our resource centre here.