European Lifelong Guidance Policies: Progress Report 2011–12


A report on the work of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network 2011-12

Dr Raimo Vuorinen / Finnish Institute for Educational Research &
Professor Anthony G. Watts / National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, UK (Eds.)

2012. 91 s. Online publication

The purpose of this report is to communicate the outcomes of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) during 2011–12 to relevant policy-makers and stakeholders at both European and national levels. The ELGPN represents a major development in support of national lifelong guidance policy development in Europe. The ELGPN currently has 29 member countries (AT, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LV, LT, LU, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR, UK), with 2 additional countries as observers (BE, BG). The participating countries designate their representatives in the Network, and are encouraged to include both governmental and non-governmental representatives. As a Member-State-driven network, it represents an innovative form of the Open Method of Co-ordination within the European Union (EU).

The report describes the work undertaken by ELGPN during 2011–12, including evaluation of its impact at member-country level. Members report that participation in the Network has enriched their awareness of possible responses to common challenges and given them a fresh perspective and new insights into their national provision. A key strength of the Network has been the strong ownership of its activities expressed by the national delegations. The report also analyses relevant policy developments at EU level, and outlines a vision for the future. In particular, it indicates the components of the Europe 2020 Strategy which are relevant to lifelong guidance, including its headline targets and flagship initiatives.

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European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, ELGPN

The European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, ELGPN aims to assist the European Union (EU) Member States (and the neighbouring countries eligible for the EU Lifelong Learning Programme) and the European Commission in developing European co-operation on lifelong guidance in both the education and the employment sectors. Its purpose is to promote co-operation at Member State level in implementing the priorities identified in the EU Resolutions on Lifelong Guidance (2004; 2008). The network was established by the Member States; the Commission supports its activities under the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-13.