Key implications

Guidance tools

Implications for future programme development

GOAL experience in Lithuania suggests that counsellors need a several compilations of different tools, from which they can select those that best suit the individual client’s needs and goals. Counsellors expressed their need for specialised compilations by target groups (motivated / non-motivated clients, young clients who dropped out of school). This raises a need for mapping of existing tools on the national level and making them available for professionals. Current compilations of tools (e.g. published on Euroguidance platform) are targeted for school-age students. A similar platform could be established or supplemented for professionals working with adults.

Policy implications

Implications of policy

Programme partners from PES system revealed that new methodologies and tools for individual and group counselling of low-motivated job seekers was developed and introduced from 2017. It would be beneficial that counsellors working outside the PES system would have access at least partially to these tools.

Implications for policy

In Lithuania, fragmentation in the adult education sector appears to manifest itself in a number of ways relevant to GOAL. Similarly, to counsellors’ competence profiles and continuing professional development, there is no clear understanding or guidance regarding where responsibility lies for developing, mapping and disseminating guidance tools for adults.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A COUNSELLOR

Iceland
Iceland

"GOAL interview: a client came to discuss a program for validation of employability skills, in which she is going to participate."

"In-house discussions with other counsellors and project managers on an unexpected issue with a student. We tried to solve the issue together. We had to contact another school."

Lithuania
Lithuania

“Presentation for unemployed people about possibilities to get involved into the Goal project and get free of charge orientation and guidance.”

“Orientation and guidance of adult people. 2 clients are consulted: they are unemployed and have plans for learning a new profession in order to find a job.“

Netherlands
Netherlands

“The prison population and educational needs of the detainees are far from homogeneous.”

 “Usually, there are 6 to 8 detainees at a time, each with an individual program. I guide them. The guidance can be focused on basic education, vocational education or specific courses detainees are taking at that time”

Slovenia
Slovenia

"Working with clients gives me energy and brings me joy, because between individual sessions I can see progress, changes, new beliefs, enrolment in education programmes and I can build good relationships with my clients."

 

"The feeling that I do a lot of good for my clients is priceless."

Czech Republic
Czech Republic

“At the start of every session, counsellors try to gather information about the client, his or her position within the family and wider friendship circles, and his or her health. They also explore the client’s feelings, ideas and motivation.”

“Based on the client’s answers, the counsellor selects ways to proceed in order to meet the client’s needs and goals.”

Flanders
Flanders

"All information, agreements made and steps taken during sessions are written down in the registration system"

“Even the names of persons clients have been talking about are registered in order to remember the whole communication line and, more importantly, to avoid them having to say things twice. It creates a sense of trust with our clients.”

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