On-line Career Counselling for pupils and students of elementary and secondary/high schools
2010-2015: Project VIP Kariéra II ("Kariérové poradenství v podmínkách kurikulární reformy" - "Career Counselling in terms of Curricular Reform")
Ongoing: usage of outputs
The instrument provides data and information needed for career/field of education decision making and the improvement of career guidance/counselling.
The instrument addresses the need for relevant decision making data and approaches to help students or their parent to choose an appropriate field of education (secondary level) or specific school. The reason for setting up the scheme is to satisfy the demand for relevant data and support for the career decision making of secondary level students.
The instrument focuses not only on students, their parents and career counsellors at schools, but it aims at building/enhancing the career guidance system as a whole. Key outputs of the instrument are an information portal www.infoabsolvent.cz and accredited e-learning courses for career councillors.
Aim of policy instrument
Web portal with relevant datasets, analyses and accompanying counselling services.
Main responsible body
Národní ústav pro vzdělávání (National Institute for Education) - abbreviation NÚV
Initial development of the instrument was financed by public funding using EU co-financing. The total cost of the project VIP Kariéra II (2010-2015) was 58 million CZK (EU co-financing 85%). This funding was used for setting the scheme, datasets, portal infrastructure system, distant and on-line learning, counselling, etc. Operational costs of the portal and additional services are financed through the annual NÚV budget, which is funded by the Ministry of Education. Funding for school career counselling system still needs to be found.
Pupils and students of the elementary and secondary schools and their parents.
Career counsellors at schools.
Use of labour market intelligence
The instrument uses a) statistical data (number of enrolled and graduated in specific fields of study, unemployment of graduates etc.) b) specific analyses on applicability of graduates, etc. c) skills requirements by employers for specific professions. The system combines various sources of information (including a database of competencies, national register of qualifications, national system of professions, list of schools, etc) to ease the decision making process.
Except for data and information provided by the portal, an advisory service is available for pupils (or their parents) and school career advisers via the Centre for Career Counselling, which is a unit within NÚV. About 50-100 queries are answered per month (usually via e-mail or telephone, occasionally face to face). This service is free of charge and funded by NÚV budget.
Frequency of updates
Datasets and analysis are updated and added annually.
The instrument was developed (design, methodology, processes etc) during the project which lasted 2010-2015. Due to a long time devoted for designing, the instrument is fully operational.
The access to existing databases and analyses.
A key indicator is the number of users of the portal www.infoabsolvent.cz (average 15,000 visitors per week) and the number of queries to the Centre for Career Counselling (varies between 50-100 per month).
The instrument made data, information and career guidance easy accessible in a structured way and in a user friendly format.
Evidence of effectiveness
The information system was developed in a shape as intended. Web portal www.infoabsolvent.cz has an average of 15,000 visitors per week and the Centre for Career Counselling, run by NÚV, carries out some 50-100 queries per month. The portal itself is designed in a user friendly format that allows choosing relevant information depending on the type of user: a) pupils of the elementary schools and their parents, b) students and graduates of secondary level schools, c) teachers and career counsellors at schools, d) employers and public sector users. Besides various data and analyses the system also provides quick test to advise the appropriate field of education.
Engagement of stakeholders
The performance of career counselling at elementary and secondary level schools is still poor and not well developed. Capacities (time, skills and financing) for providing these services at schools are insufficient. A National Agreement was signed in Oct 2015 by Confederation of Industry, Confederation of Trade Unions, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and Ministry of Industry, in which the role and need of school career counsellors are described as a high priority. The Regional Governments (Krajské úřady) are responsible for public secondary level education performance, to find instruments and funding for school career counselling scheme.
The instrument might be transferrable in the field of career guidance and evidence-based approaches. Transferability requires available datasets on graduates and their employment.
The information portal will be operating in the coming years. The system and framework of school career counsellors still need to be designed and funding allocated.