European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network Database, ELGPN Database

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The Bruges Communiqué on enhanced European Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training for the period 2011-2020

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European Ministers of Vocational Education and Training, European Social Partners, and the European Commission
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1. Additional narrative description of the reference to Lifelong Guidance

The role of “easily accessible and high-quality lifelong information, guidance and counselling
services” as a part of European VET systems is highlighted in a global vision for VET in 2020. The importance of guidance is emphasised in enabling citizens to make sound decisions and in helping them to manage their learning and career (p. 6).

The document notes the role of guidance in promoting international mobility among VET learners, which has remained low despite the emergence of the European area of education and training (p. 4).

To enhance the attractiveness of VET, a provision of high quality guidance is needed to introduce different vocational trades and career opportunities to young pupils in compulsory education (p. 7).

In improving the quality and relevance of VET, participating countries and providers of vocational education and training are encouraged to make use of data guidance service provide on the transition from VET to work or further learning (p. 9).

The document highlights the importance of integrated guidance services, encompassing both employment and counselling services, in facilitating transitions from education and training to work and between jobs (p. 11).

One of the short term deliverables at the national level concerning strategic objectives 3 and 4 is the provision of ”integrated guidance services closely related with labour market needs” (p. 12).

Guidance services are noted as one of the measures which can help to maximise the contribution of VET in reducing early school leaving to below 10 per cent (p. 15).

Actors at the national level are encouraged to consider specific measures, such as using appropriate guidance and support services, to raise the participation levels of “at risk” groups in education and training (p. 16).

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