|16/02/2004 - OECD governments are falling short in their provision of career guidance to job seekers, according to a new OECD study which makes recommendations for ways in which access to career advice can be improved.
Career Guidance and Public Policy: Bridging the Gap draws on data from 14 countries -- Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom – to assess the effectiveness of government career guidance policies.
In a world of constant change, it notes, young people entering the labour market need the skills to manage their careers, and so do adults facing new job requirements. Governments in OECD countries are promoting active employment and lifelong learning policies to help their citizens cope with complex education systems and changing labour markets. But they need effective career guidance systems if their education and employment policies are to work.
The OECD study reveals large gaps between the goals of public policy and the capacity of national career guidance systems. Among the specific weaknesses identified in national career guidance services:
The OECD study makes a series of recommendations to governments for ways of bridging the gap between career guidance services and public policy goals, including:
See country notes on Australia, Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and United Kingom.
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