Adult guidance is given high priority in Denmark and several new initiatives have been launched in recent years.
Improving access to jobs
In connection with a comprehensive structural reform in 2007, the Public Employment Services and the municipalities’ employment efforts were merged. Vocational/career guidance for adults, especially aimed at the unemployed, is now provided by 91 Job Centres,
covering all 98 municipalities in Denmark.
One of the main reasons for creating this new structure has been the wish to establish a one-stop access system, making it easier for citizens to get the employment and guidance services they need and are entitled to.
Improving access to further education
In June 2007 another comprehensive plan for adult guidance services was agreed upon by the Danish Parliament. This plan focuses primarily on improving information and guidance services related to adult and further education and training
. The project embraces mainly low-qualified persons and small and medium-sized enterprises.
Four new initiatives are implemented over a three-year period:
- 22 adult guidance networks cover the whole country. The main tasks of these networks are to
- provide outreach services to especially low-skilled workers at their work-places
- train so-called ‘training ambassadors’ chosen from the group of staff members at each workplace
- establish networks among enterprises
- A National Centre for Competence Development, the aim of which is to document and assess the effects of initiatives and services within the field of adult and further education and training.
- An Internet-based guidance portal aimed specifically at adults and guidance practitioners working with adults. The portal provides information about adult and further training courses and programmes and includes different tests and career planning tools as well as tools that can be used in connection with assessment of prior learning.
- A National Adult Guidance Council, which will discuss and give advice to the Minister of Education on adult guidance issues.
These four initiatives are closely followed and the effects of the guidance efforts are assessed on the basis of reports from the 22 networks on selected activities and results.
Catalogue of projects in adult guidance
In order to give international inspiration to Danish actors involved in the field of adult guidance, the Euroguidance Centre in Denmark has collected examples of European cooperation projects focusing on adult guidance
. The 15 projects involve most of the countries in the European Union, some projects have been completed, while others are still on-going, see www.ciriusonline.dk/euroguidance-en
The catalogue is meant as a source of inspiration and an access point to international networks for anyone involved in the field of adult guidance. The catalogue is in no way an exhaustive collection, but rather a collection of examples to which more European projects can be added.
In case you would like to have a European project mentioned in the catalogue, please contact the Danish Euroguidance Centre at euroguidance(at)ciriusmail.dk
The projects have been financed mainly by the Leonardo da Vinci programme, but also the Grundtvig programme and the Sixth Framework Programme for Research.
Hanne Woller, Danish Ministry of Education
Birtha Theut, Euroguidance Denmark