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The Euroguidance Network

October 2010

In this edition:

France: Everyone has the right to public life-long guidance

The  French Act on Lifelong guidance and vocational training from 2009 establishes a “public lifelong guidance service” which is to “to guarantee all persons access to free, full and objective information on occupations, training, certification, job opportunities and remuneration levels as well as access to quality, networked guidance advisory and assistance services.”

According to the Act, to participate in the public lifelong guidance service, organisations must offer a range of services in a single place allowing people to:
  • access full, objective information on occupations, the skills and qualifications required to exercise them, and training and certification arrangements, as well as the training bodies and the quality labels granted to the said bodies and
  • benefit from personalised advice to be able to make an informed choice of occupation, training or certification suited to their aspirations, their abilities and the occupational prospects associated with the foreseeable needs of society, the economy and regional planning and, where the occupation, training or certification envisaged concerns a specific guidance or assistance service provided by another body, to be suitably directed to this body.
This Act plans an e-guidance service in order to provide each person with a first information or advice for guidance and training, and will direct them to bodies able to provide them with convenient information and counselling for professional guidance.

This service may be funded by the state, the regions or specific funds managed by social partners to make secure the professional pathways. The Act plans the possibility for children to have record books on their abilities and skills how and when they entered and left school, and, for adults the possibility to have a “passport for training and guidance” summing up  training, skill assessments and qualifications.

The Act also plans the appointment of a Delegate for Information and Guidance placed with the Prime Minister and responsible for:
  1. proposing priorities for national information policy and guidance and counselling
  2. establishing quality standards for the exercise of the mission of public service information and referral
  3. evaluating nationalpolicies and regional information and educational and vocational guidance.
The first Delegate for Information and Guidance, Mr Jean Robert Pitte was appointed in June 2010.

Graziana Boscato & Marlène Tourret
Euroguidance France