Policy implications and recommendations
According to staff members and policy actors, there is a need for a systematic solution at the national level. There is also a need to determine which institution will be responsible for the type of services offered by GOAL in the future and to broaden awareness of this service with the general public, through promotional tools and campaigns. In terms of funding, discussion should be focused on finding a systemic solution that addresses the main challenge to the service to date, namely, that the target group is not able to fund its own education. At present, the lack of funding for further educational courses has the potential to undermine the client motivation that counsellors work hard to build in the sessions.
Policymakers generally consider GOAL as a first positive step that should hopefully lead to an integrated system of career guidance. This is lacking in the Czech Republic at the moment. Policymakers would like to use GOAL as the basis for the development of a sophisticated, structurally embedded guidance system. In order to improve quality of the service, there should be more sophisticated measures introduced and financial issues should be resolved.
After the project termination, outputs and reports will be presented to the relevant stakeholders together with the recommendations. Programme issues GOAL project team have mentioned within this report such as definition of competences counsellor should have, scope of cooperation with stakeholders, which institutions should be responsible for career guidance provision, systemic solution in terms of funding etc. require broad and complex discussion between stakeholders (National Guidance Forum – Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs etc.). NUV can only give recommendations and provide these stakeholders (at the National level) with data outputs, reports etc., but within our institution, NUV cannot implement these policies.