Lifelong guidance in Europe: International Conference in Barcelona

On 13th April 2016 was held the first International Conference of the LE.A.DE.R Project in Barcelona organized by Dep Institut. The conference named "Lifelong guidance in Europe: improving Career Management Skills" was hosted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra and introduced to the local participants and practitioners the framework that the partnership is elaborating.

What do people need to be able to access labor market and manage their careers? How to be prepared to deal with change and uncertainty? With what kind of resources and tools can guidance services help people to develop their learning goals and employability skills?

These were some of the questions approached during the working sessions of the Conference by speakers, members of the project partnership and guests. Giulio Iannis from Centro Studi Pluriversum approached the new challenges that guidance has to face in the age of complexity and the change of paradigm that has occurred during the last years. Siobhan Neary from Derby University presented the results of the international survey on career management skills realized by in the partner countries to design a common framework.

Among the external experts intervened Prof. Marius Martinez from UAB who presented an innovative project Som-hi about guidance actions for transformation and access to the labor market.

The round table with participants during the afternoon sessions provoked some comments and thoughts by guests and representatives of local bodies on the role of guidance services and how they can develop in practice the career management skills of their users. The value of a common European framework on CMS and the role of lifelong guidance was shared by Conference audience and by the LE.A.DE.R. project partners and the training participants.

All the interventions of the International Conference held in Barcelona on 13th April 2016 are now available for the registered users of the LE.A.DE.R. project website.

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The programme of the Conference and the interventions available:

Session 1 – Lifelong guidance: learning and decision making resources

  • Lifelong guidance: new challenges in the age of complexity by Giulio Iannis – Pluriversum of Siena (IT)
  • LE.A.DE.R Project - Learning and Decision Making Resources for career guidance by Andrea Marconi – University of Camerino (IT)
  • Understanding Career Management Skills by Siobhan Neary - University of Derby (UK)

Session 2 – Practices, tools and resources for service innovation

  • Introduction and presentation of the session by Tom Savu – Politehnica University of Bucharest (RO)
  • Online software for career education and guidance by John Kelly – Cascaid (UK)
  • Resources for career transition and placement by Andrea Marconi – University of Camerino (IT)
  • Project Som-hi: Guidance actions for transformation and access to the labour market by Màrius Martinez (UAB)

Session 3 –Career management skills: towards a shared framework

  • Proposal for a Career Management Skills framework by Giulio Iannis – Pluriversum of Siena (IT)

Session 4 – From theories to practices: proposals for pilot actions

  • LE.A.DE.R. proposals for pilot actions: presentation of overall themes and types of actions by Rachel Nelson - DEP Institut
  • How can we develop Career Management Skills within our services? by Esther Torres - Cresàlida (in Catalan) 
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