Implications for future programme development
The barriers clients face in accessing the regional guidance centres mean that resource expenditure, both in terms of staff time and finances, are high, and may impact negatively on other aspects of the service. These issues may also impact on programme sustainability and/or the choice of viable target groups. Although partnership with regional branches of the Labour Office reached a very high level, if funding is not clarified, it will be very difficult to provide these services to this target group.
The relatively high cost per client to this point, for example, in relation to the need for advisers to travel to clients, may have implications for policymakers’ ability and willingness to support GOAL or similar programmes in the future, after EU funding has ceased.
Implications of policy
Securing the funding of the career guidance services (or co-funding). Low skilled adults, often also unemployed, are generally not willing or able to pay for career guidance services themselves. A systematic approach at the national level is needed, including awareness raising, as for this target group career guidance and counselling is relatively unknown territory. According to staff member survey and interviews with stakeholders (Labour Office), this is definitely an issue which has to be
fixed in order to have full support for the target group. Financial possibilities of this target group are very limited. It is not only funding but establishment of the career guidance centres seems as one of the fundamental actions needed to improve the quality of life of the individual as well as the whole society.