Title Qual'n'Guide: Competence-based career guidance in employment services through European quality criteria
Project Number 2013-1-SK1-LEO05-06365
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text With the assistance of the members of the European Federation of Centres of Career Guidance and Bilan de Compétences (FECBOP) from France, Germany and Czech Republic, this project transfered the system of the bilan de compétences provision and quality assurance to the public employment services of the Slovak republic.
The aim of the project was to contribute to the systematic and global introduction of bilqn de compétences career guidance for unemployed to the Slovak system of employment services as well as to develop a coherent system of quality assurance in guidance that is based on common European quality framework in competence-based career guidance.
The implementation of quality assurance for guidance was assured by European quality framework for bilan de compétences developed by the FECBOP. The methodology based on these quality standards was transferred from France (CIBC Bourgogne Sud), Germany (BIP) and Czech Republic (NVF) and adapted to Slovak context through a testing phase. 12 trainers from Slovak partners organizations (BKS Úspech, ERVES and UPSVAR) were trained to the use and the dissemination of the methodology to 46 regional labour office employees. The FECBOP audited and delivered quality certification to two career guidance providers in Slovakia and one in Czech Republic. Partners' experience with the certification process was the basis of the elaboration of Slovak quality chart for guidance, training course and occupational standard for guidance counsellors for Slovakia. A proposition for modification of European guidance quality standards was also elaborated, in order to reflect the CEE context.
The use of guidance helped respond effectively to the needs of the labour market by matching its needs with the education systems. Project results have sustainable impact on the partner countries, namely through modified quality chart, national quality chart, occupational standards and training programme.
Human Health and Social Work Activities
transparency and certification
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
Following objectives were set for this projects:
• Introduction and transfer of the competence-based career guidance that is used in FR, DE and other EU countries and it's European
quality management system in guidance to Slovakia on a system and nation-wide level (includes adaptation and pilot-testing)
• Implementation of the European quality criteria and Quality certification of three partners institutions (2 in SK, 1 in CZ) by an
European roof organization for guidance (FECBOP)
• Providing recommendations to the European certification body (FECBOP) concerning the quality standards and their use in CEE
context based on the Slovak and Czech experience during the certification process
• Dissemination and exploitation of the modified methodology - training of 12 multiplicators and 46 labour office employees (1 per
region in Slovakia) for the its use of competence-based career guidance providers training course
• Elaboration of a Slovak quality chart for career guidance
• Elaboration of a occupational standard for guidance counsellors and corresponding training programme
With the implementation of the dissemination phase, 46 employees from Slovak labour offices were trained for the use and further
dissemination of the methodology. The transferred methodology fosters the competence-based approach in career guidance and
employment counseling for job-seekers. A special focus was given on transferable skills of the client, including European key
competences for Lifelong Learning (2006) as well as on skills and competences included in the Europass framework (language skills,
organization skills, computer skills, ...). This approach was in line with the European policies towards competence-based learning and
towards the recognition of non-formal and informal learning.
Moreover, the competence-based career guidance is based on a strong connection with the labour market and employment
opportunities on the local labour market. Job-seekers' competences are analyzed and confronted to the needs of the local labour
market and a coherent career project is elaborated with an action plan that leads to employment - this plan can include training or
other LLP activities, if there is a need for specific competences on the labour market. As such, this approach requires a strong
connection between the counselors, training organizations and the world of work.