Implications for future programme development
Consideration needs to be given to how the quality of future programmes can be maintained or strengthened if the opportunities for staff training and development are very limited and lacking in institutional support.
Implications of policy
In Lithuania, fragmentation in the adult education sector appears to manifest itself in a number of ways relevant to GOAL. In particular, there is no clear understanding or guidance regarding where the responsibility lies for developing measures, such as competence profiles, that would enhance the quality of adult guidance services.
Implications for policy
A general consensus by staff and policy makers was that it would be beneficial to have a common counsellor competence standard that would be agreed on national level. This was seen as a step towards setting common standards for quality and competences of guidance specialists. At the moment adult guidance specialists come from wide range of educational backgrounds what suggests a need for staff development strategies and actions to guarantee that counsellors acquire or improve specific competences needed for counselling this diverse target group.