The Dutch Euroguidance Center uses the CH-Q training program as a tool for sustainable individual career and competence management. The CH-Q training method has been planned for a small group of people, 8 to 14, and has proved to be of great value in stimulating professional development.
“CH-Q“ stands for "Schweizerisches Qualifikationsprogramm zur Berufslaufbahn“ (Swiss career qualification program) and was founded in 1993 by the Gesellschaft CH-Q in Biel, Switzerland. The main goal is to further the individual development
of youth and adults in education and career so as to stimulate professional flexibility and mobility
. CH-Q fits very well within the principles of lifelong learning.
In 2003 the Dutch Foundation CH-Q NL/B was established in order to adapt the Swiss qualification program along with a number of pilot projects. Training projects are performed in various fields such as
- voluntary work
- women’s re-entrance into the labor market
- potential drop-outs
- (preparatory) vocational education
- career projects in the construction sector
- public employment services etc.
The Dutch Euroguidance centre also has a broad experience of CH-Q training for careers workers in other European countries.
Advantages and outcomes of CH-Q
- get a better view on their competences
- be more motivated for their work or study
- foster their self management of competences and career management and
- get a positive view on their own qualities.
There are a great many more but it would go beyond this article to name them all.
Participants at the CH-Q training
What does the training look like?
The training normally lasts about 6 and half days, with time between the sessions. This allows participants to reflect on their experiences during the training and prepare their homework.
The exercises are about discovering competences
, motives and perspectives
and relating these discoveries to career and/or personal planning
. Many activities are performed through discussions among the participants, i.e. in pairs or in subgroups.
Participants have to deliver a portfolio and a competence biography and an action plan during the training. There is no universal CH-Q training; each one is tailor-made.
Why is CH-Q so successful?
CH-Q fits very well in the new, dynamic approaches of career guidance. It is successful because
- it starts from the individual’s perspective
- the approach is positive (discovering qualities)
- the group dynamics enables participants to learn from each other’s experiences and
- it supports a sustainable competence culture
to name but a few.
Career counsellors interested in a CH-Q training can contact the Dutch Euroguidance Center to explore the possibilities.
Peter van Deursen
Euroguidance The Netherlands
+31 6 10825185