The Euroguidance Network

October 2010

In this edition:

Workplace Guidance

A Leonardo da Vinci pilot project with a wide-reaching impact

The idea of taking guidance to people in their workplaces instead of waiting for them to turn up at guidance centres slowly emerged in the beginning of the century. A Leonardo da Vinci pilot project "Workplace Guidance" (2003 to 2006) proved that workplace guidance is both necessary and fruitful. Workplace guidance is a common practice in some countries and is seen as an essential part of guidance services.
workplace guidance
The workplace guidance project consisted of two tasks. The first was a mapping and interview-based task and the second focused on extending guidance and counselling practices to low-paid workers.

The ultimate aim of the project was to assist lower paid workers into lifelong learning through the provision of vocational guidance which would be easily accessible.

The project developed a number of educational materials and a training course targeted at vocational guidance counsellors, trade union activists and employers. The goal is to update their skills and competence in relation to the identified target group and to enhance access of low-paid workers to lifelong learning.

Vocational guidance counsellors, human resource workers and trade union activists were given 100 hours training in how to assist their clients at workplaces in taking the first steps towards further learning. At first, some employers were not too enthusiastic about this, thinking that that their workers would be “trained away” from their workplace but they gradually discovered that what they got was a better trained and happier staff.

The Workplace Guidance project was awarded the EU 2006 Helsinki Award as an innovative Leonardo da Vinci project and was subsequently chosen as one of the outstanding LdV projects with policy transfer potential at the conference in Ljubljana, May 2007 on The voice of Users in Guidance.

Helsinki Award

Information on the conference in Ljubjana

The project was lead by the Starfsafl Educational Fund in Iceland and the partnership included partners from 10 European countries, including the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy and Luxembourg.

Further information and all the education materials in 11 languages, along with the online course:
Workplace guidance website

Silvie Pychova, Euroguiance the Czech Republic and
Dóra Stefánsdóttir, Euroguidance Iceland