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Career guidance in tertiary education

Policy Instrument

Career guidance in tertiary education

Nadaljnji razvoj in izvajanje dejavnosti kariernih centrov IJ visokem šolstvu 2015-2020
Slovenia

Description

Timespan

2007-2011, recently renewed

Stage

Fully operational

Foundations

Policy area

The instrument´s main beneficiaries are students and it is being implemented by universities.

Policy goal

The policy instrument was designed to help graduates’ transition from education to work. Counselling in career planning and career guidance provide better match of students‘ knowledge and skills to labour needs, thus contributing to better quality of study and easier labour market integration. The instrument promotes further activity and development of career guidance, especially career counselling for students in higher education, with the aim of achieving timely career planning and development. This will ensure:
- better employability of graduates and their more efficient labour market entry.
- better alignment of acquired knowledge with labour market needs.
- elimination of discrepancies between the study programs and labour market demand.
- reduction of dropout and shortening the length of studies.

Mismatch

Part of broad policy measure of which skill mismatch is only a minor part

This instrument was designed to help graduates in their transition from education to work. Tackling the skills mismatch is important element of this instrument, however, skill mismatch is not addressed directly. Through comprehensive career guidance and other career centres´ activities, students are being guided in their career planning activities. However, there is no mechanism in place that can directly influence their decisions related to labour market transition.

Aim of policy instrument

Administrative level

National

Main responsible body

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Higher Education Directorate

Stakeholders

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport: contracting authority, monitoring and evaluation
Universities and HE institutions: responsible for the implementation of LMSI activities
Students: end users
Employers: end users and participants
Stakeholders also include chambers, offices, and agencies etc taking part in career centres' activities

Funding

In the period 2015-2020, €5,750,000 was issued and €4,740,851 was allocated to nine applicants. The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (20%) and the European Social Fund (80%) under the Operational Program for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy for the period 2014-2020.

Intended beneficiaries

The intended beneficiaries are primarily students receiving the career guidance and counselling. Employers benefit as well from being able to tap into the pool of perspective future workforce. Universities benefit by developing tighter cooperation with industries, by learning about employers´ needs and exploring future ways of cooperation.

Processes

Use of labour market intelligence

LMSI is primarily used to inform guidance counsellors, so as to provide sound advice regarding relevant career paths. Through this measure the following activities aimed at developing career guidance and its implementation within career centres are being co-financed:
- the continued operation of career counsellors and/or the work of career centre coordinator;
- education and training for career counsellors and/or coordinators at home or in EU Member States;
- presentations of companies at faculties, company visits, presentations of programs and graduate profiles to potential employers, and organisation of other events;
- promotion and dissemination of project results;
- organisation of events (workshops, round tables, seminars, lectures) that inform students about the importance of career planning and lifelong learning;
- upgrading of career centre's portal.

Financial schemes

Cost reimbursement:
- Costs of labour and other reimbursement related to the work of the coordinators and/or career advisers
- Other external charges
- Public communication costs
- Indirect costs (flat rate of 15% of the direct eligible costs)
- VAT

Frequency of updates

The instrument not been updated yet.

Development

No.

Barriers

No known. Activities are carried out in accordance with the plan.

Monitoring

Performance is measured by using indicators defined in a public tender. The following indicators are being used to regularly monitor the policy instrument:
- the number of all career centre users (students)
- the number of employers involved in the project
- the number of events intended to exchange experiences or good practices
- the number of foreign employers in the database
- the number of Slovenian employers in the database
- the number of students trained for proper self-representation at employers etc
There is no analytical document available yet.

Innovativeness

Slightly innovative

In addition to students (at undergraduate and graduate level of study), the project also targets future students. The employers´ database also encompasses the possibility of including Slovenian and foreign employers, who will have future interest to cooperate with students. Students are also provided with training on how to integrate the competencies acquired when studying abroad into self-presentation and CV.

Sustainability

Evidence of effectiveness

Not known, since no evaluation of the instrument has been conducted thus far. The project ends in 2020.

Engagement of stakeholders

The LMSI is being developed on the basis of the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy 2014 - 2020.

Transferability

Easily transferable

This instrument is easy to transfer to a higher education environment.

Sustainability

The ongoing program (policy) is being financed predominately out of ESF and is thus bound up to successful implementation.