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Co-operation and Co-ordination Mechanisms in Guidance on policy level



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1. Background

What makes this an example of good/interesting practice/initiative/policy?
- The motivation of the initiative (What is the history/background of the policy?)
- Linkages with LLG policy priorities (Please add references to other national/EU policies or documents)
- Participants
Working group on lifelong career guidance (National Forum) was nominated by Ministry of Education and Sport on December 2008. This was the second attempt to have established national forum on career guidance . First national forum was established in 2005 and worked until 2006. At that time forum prepared a proposal how to place career guidance into Operational plan 2007-2013. That proposal was sent to the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labour. Ministry of Education devoted some funds to operate information counselling centres for adults. Ministry of Labour has allocated funds for a study review on career guidance in Slovenia.

Linkages with LLG policy priorities
• Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013
• Operational Plan 2007-2013

Working group is strongly related to ELGPN. Three members of Slovenian ELGPN team are members of the group. Slovenian ELGPN members function as a transmission between the network and the group. Chair of the group is from University of Ljubljana. Other members come from: Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Education and Sport, Centre for Adult Education, Centre for Vocational Education and Training, Employment Service Slovenia, Euroguidance Centre Slovenia, Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy, School for Headteachers.

Aims and targets
- Objectives of the initiative (What did the policy set out to achieve?)
- Target group
- Methods applied to reach the objective (technological and /or pedagogical)
Aims and targets
Main aims are as follows:
• To coordinate the policy of ministries and other national organizations
• To deal with the development of common national guidance terminology
• To develop common plan for implementation national lifelong guidance strategy
• To develop national coordination point for the concept of comprehensive national lifelong guidance strategy.

Target groups
All the ministries responsible for career guidance, policy makers, guidance professionals, service providers, funding bodies and users.

Measures adopted to reach the objectives
• Development of the plan for implementation national lifelong guidance strategy .
• Preparation of the key documents for different sectors responsible for career guidance.

2. Implementation

Strategy and actions (Please describe the approach adopted to make the reform work and any actions taken.)
- Level of implementation (national, regional etc.)
- Implementation (description)
Strategy and actions
• As a basis for development of the common plan for implementation national guidance strategy an expert Sasa Niklanovic did expertise to build a systematic approach on lifelong guidance. The results of the study was presented to policy makers and practitioners at the conference in September 2009 where were attended more than 100 people. Participants came from different sectors and different levels.
• Working group has prepared a document on lifelong guidance strategy to be incorporated in a new White Book . This document has been sent to the National Coordination Group and sub groups preparing White paper.
• Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology prepares documents to establish career centres on university level. Working group on lifelong career guidance will be asked to approve this particular document.
• Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs has prepared a document for establishing national coordination point for career guidance. The project proposal was presented to the Working group. Members were asked to give comments and approval of the project. National coordination point will act as administrative support for Working group in the future.
• Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs is now preparing new labour market law. Working group has reviewed the proposal and expressed ideas and make suggestions.
• In conjuction with ELGPN members l Working group is going to organise national conference on career guidance for practitioners and decision makers in September this year.

Monitoring and evaluation
- What has been put in place for monitoring and evaluation?
- What actors are involved?
Once a year the group has to report what has been done to the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs.

3. Outcomes

Achievements (Please describe the main outcomes/results according to the following headings. Each option can be answered - up to 50 words)
- Specific results
- Cost effectiveness
- Budget
- Innovative aspects
• Lifelong guidance is recognised as an important issue at the level of the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs. The Ministry approved the project of national coordination point for career guidance which will be implemented in the period of 2010 - 2015 using ESF funds. National coordination point will serve as a support for Working group and it will disseminate and implement the decisions made by the group.
• Working group would like to reach an agreement regarding the aims of the initiative by policy makers and other social partners in next years.
• A commonly agreed quality standards in lifelong career guidance in various sectors and by different providers.
• Policy and professional support for development of a coherent model of career education at the general, vocational and higher sectors.

Success factors (What key success factors have led to or prevented success?)
- Lessons learnt
- Unintended impacts (Have there been any unintended impacts? Positive or negative?)
It is assumed that the efforts to involve a large number of stakeholders from different sectors will be one of the success factors. It is important that the group reaches cooperative spirit. It means to build mutual trust, good personal relationships and good cooperation. It needs to be continous group membership in order to ensure the aims are realized.

Strengths and weaknesses
- What areas of the policy can we learn lessons from?
- Are there still challenges ahead?
It is a good example for co-ordination and collaboration on policy level between different sectors.

4. Additional narrative description of the policy/practice/initiative


Additional information

Name of contact
Brigita Rupar

Role (in policy initiative)
Head of Ljubljana Regional Unit

Organization name
National Education Institute

Poljanska 28, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

+386 1 2363 100

+ 386 1 2363 150


Website address

Documents and publications

Attached files


This information was provided/updated by:
Brigita Rupar

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