How and why this framework came into being
In 2015, a needs analysis3 was carried out to assess the need for additional tools for career guidance, followed by a field consultation to coordinate the outcomes of the analysis with the main stakeholders. This revealed that it would be meaningful to conduct further research into whether a career guidance framework would be of use to young people, and if so, how. This document is based on a number of publications from the scientific and professional fields (see References, Sources, page 28). These publications served as input for the specific role and expertise descriptions for guidance counsellors. When writing these descriptions, we made a distinction between three separate guidance roles, acting on the advice of experts from professional practice.
We used the focus areas from the career education and guidance scan for secondary education and upper secondary vocational education to add structure to the roles and the expertise described in the tables. A draft version of this framework was submitted to various stakeholders and experts (see References, Field consultation, page 30) for an extensive field consultation in November 2016. Further drafts were submitted to a variety of interested parties and experts in February, March and April 2017 through sounding board sessions, interviews and a questionnaire. The input thus obtained has been used to arrive at the present final version of the framework.
How the framework will be followed up
This document forms the basis for a more concise version, including a guide, intended for various users in the educational sector. The cross-sector career education and guidance expertise centre will coordinate the development of a version for the public with the Netherlands Association of School Guidance Practitioners, the Association of Career Guidance Practitioners in Secondary Education, Euroguidance and the educational institutions themselves.
This framework for career guidance for young people has been developed by Euroguidance Netherlands. Euroguidance Netherlands is the EU’s Dutch centre of expertise for career guidance with regard to lifelong learning. Its objective is to gather and increase knowledge and expertise across both the Netherlands and Europe through knowledge sharing, tool development and research into better career guidance for all people of all ages, including target groups with special needs. In addition to improving the quality of career guidance through the professional development of guidance counsel- lors, Euroguidance promotes increased mobility and cooperation in terms of career development across both the Netherlands and Europe. The focal point of this approach is linking these objectives to developments in the Netherlands, in addition to broadening and deepening Dutch perspectives by learning from other European countries. More information, visit www.euroguidance.nl.