Guidance can play an important role in helping NEETs to get back into learning and work. It supports individuals to develop their capacity to make career-related decisions, to identify employment and learning opportunities, to manage transitions into work and learning, and to generally increase their awareness of their needs, potential and aspirations. Guidance has an impact on skill levels, qualifications, engagement in learning, networking capacity, effective job search and adaptability to different work environments.
Lifelong guidance incorporates information, counselling, competence assessment, support in work and learning environments, and fosters decision-making and career management skills. It can be provided in a range of settings, including schools, VET centres and colleges, adult centres, public employment services’ (PES) offices and other organisational settings (including online).
Career guidance professionals from employment services, social services, education and training providers and youth workers are well-placed to collaborate on providing NEETs with the information and supports to manage their careers.
Employers play an important role in improving NEETs’ experiences and expectations of the world of work and in helping them to make informed career-related decisions. Local-level cooperation between guidance services, employers and other key stakeholders can be used to create opportunities for NEETs to try different occupational areas through work tasters, shadowing, work-based learning and internships. Employers are also well-placed to provide up-to-date, relevant labour market information, and to facilitate transitions to the workplace.