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The International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICDP)

The ICDP has just commenced its existence in a pilot phase in Brussels, Belgium. The aims of the Centre are threefold:

  • To promote career development internationally as an integral part of public policies for education, training, employment and social inclusion;
  • To promote and support international transfer of knowledge and best practice in order to strengthen public policies, systems and practices for career development;
  • To promote methods and resources for evidenced-based policy-making in the field of career development through international collaboration.

The Centre is intended as a resource for policy developers and researchers, in association with social partners and guidance practitioners, in improving career development systems that support lifelong learning and workforce development goals. In the first three years of its establishment, the Centre will be hosted at CEDEFOP in Brussels. The ICDP has the institutional support of the European Commission, OECD and the World Bank, the international association support of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance, and the country support of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, UK and Ireland. John McCarthy, the Director of the National Centre for Guidance in Education in Ireland, has been detached by the Irish Ministry for Education and Science to establish the centre. Other international institutional, association and country support will be welcome. Address: ICDP, CEDEFOP, 20 Av. d'Auderghem, Brussels B-1049, Belgium Tel: +322 2333846; fax: +322 2305824; email:

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