Career Guidance and Counselling (CGC) is an important tool throughout working life to help citizens, businesses and the economy to adjust to the rapid change in the labour market, the mobility of work and people and the dynamic developments within enterprises. More than 220 million EU citizens work in small or large companies. CGC should be accessible not only in public services, but also in companies through their personnel work and human resource development (HRD). The economic and industrial situation in different EU member states call for differentiated concepts to address regional needs. The aim is to provide equal opportunities for all employees or VET students.
Students and professionals as (future) HR experts and practitioners, university and trainers students in VET sector, counsellors and coaches in public or private services play a key role in the implementation of the envisaged change. CONNECT! will address them as direct target groups by courses and trainings. CONNECT! brings together the research-based knowledge from the fields of career counselling on the one hand and HRD on the other hand. Through the cooperation in Regional excellence clusters the project invites HR experts from companies, chambers, employer-organizations and PES to identify needs and innovative practices and feedback on valorisation of innovative results.
Apart from setting up regional clusters, the project also includes the development of “Guidelines for innovative practice” for CGC services in and around the world of work. Based on this, the project develops study courses based on well-founded, innovative and practice-enriched knowledge from the two areas “CGC” and “HRD”. These are prepared in innovative teaching forms and tested in study programs. It can also be regarded as innovative that we integrate the study courses in study programs (B.A. and M.A.) from different disciplines (education, psychology, economy and HRD). The developed courses are also transferred into hands-on learning sprints” in an agile and digitized form that will be accessible to many companies and to many consultants.
The European Union programme Erasmus+
Period of project implementation: 2019-09-01 - 2022-08-31
Project coordinator: University of Applied Labour Studies (Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit)
Project partners: Kaunas University of Technology, Universita degli Studi di Padova, Danube University Krems, Stichting Saxion, ETAIREIA PROIGMENON EFARMOGON SISTIMATON DIOIKISIS-MONOPROSOPI ETAREIA PERIOPISMENIS EYTHINIS, Belgrade Open School