Title Quality Manual for Educational and Vocational Counselling
Project Number A/03/B/F/PP/158.015
Product MEVOC-Quality standards for vocational and career counselling
Title MEVOC-Quality standards for vocational and career counselling
Product Type transparency and certification
The competence standards were developed by the MEVOC expert team in English, German, Italian, Dutch, Romanian and Polish, building on the results of an extensive ex-ante analysis that was conducted during the first project phase. The originally developed MEVOC standards (full version) include seven competence categories, which are “Education and Career“, „Methodology and Tools“, „Counselling Skills”, “Organisational Skills”, “Placement”, “Personality”, and “Information Management”. In order to empirically evaluate and reduce this pool to a number of “core” standards the MEVOC partnership conducted a Delphi expert survey in all project partner countries. The study included 127 experts from the vocational and career guidance sector who replied to a quantitative and qualitative questionnaire in written form. They were asked to indicate whether each individual quality standard was „highly required in practice“, „medium required in practice“ or „not required in practice“ according to their professional experience. Furthermore they were asked to add subjectively missing standards.
The results of the Delphi survey show that some competences that were regarded as highly important by most respondents can usually be acquired during formal education. For example, to learn how to analyse and interpret psychological tests is usually part of a psychology or education science degree, and now also of specific, lately implemented, study programmes for vocational and career counsellors (e.g. Master in Career Management). However, other highly required competences also require experience “on the job” like, for example, knowledge of existing job opportunities and of relevant information sources for finding vacancies, being able to identify clients in difficult situations and being able to refer them to specialists, or knowledge of a client’s needs and opportunities and using this knowledge with regard to the demands of the labour market.
On the basis of the Delphi results the partners identified those standards that were regarded as “highly required” by at least 75% of all respondents and added several other standards that had not reached the 75% benchmark but were still regarded as highly important in practice by the MEVOC expert team. The “reduced” MEVOC standards consist of four competence categories, i.e. “Education and Career”, “Counselling Practice”, “Personality” and “ICT Skills”. These divide into 12 standards that consist of 35 required “core” competences, as available on the project website www.mevoc.net.
Target group vocational and career guidance counsellors
Area of application
All further project products were developed on the basis of the MEVOC competence standards
The MEVOC competence standards can be applied to / adapted for similar counselling sectors