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Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 The Finnish National Guidance Forum Workshop 2. Optimising potential and maximising progress – Lifelong guidance for labour.

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1 Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 The Finnish National Guidance Forum Workshop 2. Optimising potential and maximising progress – Lifelong guidance for labour force development 4 June 2008

2 Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 FINLAND 5,3 millions inhabitants km immigrants (2007) Helsinki

3 Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLS UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOLS VOCATIONAL COLLEGES POLYTECHNICS UNIVERSITIES EMPLOYMENT OFFICES Vocational guidance and career planning Educational and vocational information services Employment exchange services CENTRE FOR INTER- NATIONAL MOBILITY CIMO Euroguidance Finland FINNISH GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING SYSTEM Ministry of Education Ministry of Employment and the Economy

4 Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 Ministry of Employment and the Economy Regional Labour Market Departments at Employment and Economic Development Centres (15) Employment offices (127) - employment services - vocational development services - labour market measures promoting employment Job centres (16) – connected with larger employment offices - self-services, information on labour market, jobs, training, job clubs Employment service centres (38) – separate services for long-term unemployed, people with special needs

5 NETWORKSNETWORKS NETWORKSNETWORKS CROSS- SECTORAL MULTI- PROFESSIONAL AVAILABILITY AND SUFFICIENCY OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR EACH YOUNG AND ADULT PERSON DEVELOPMENT PROJECT OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING - developing guidance and counselling in different educational settings -realise the goals of national curriculum guidelines - develop professional skills of student counsellors and teachers -develop counselling of transition phases Counselling students with special needs Early intervention Young people in danger of dropping out Multi- cultural counselling Gender sensitive counselling

6 Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 CROSS-SECTORAL COOPERATION National level national working groups – national forums give proposals to develop guidance policies and services Regional level regional working groups prepare regional strategic plans for providing guidance and counselling services Municipality level groups planning curriculum guidelines in educational sector Organisational level student welfare groups at schools work force committee in employment offices employment service centres

7 Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 Multi professional co-operation – preconditions H. Kasurinen 2004/ Nykänen 2006 Mandate from administration and leaders to the action of the multi professional group Learning in the interfaces – shared learning, negotiating, agreements Defining the core know-how of the group members Forum: preconditions (time and place) Planning together

8 Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 Multi professional, cross-sectoral cooperation is: H. Kasurinen ,S. Nykänen 2006) The meeting of the action cultures of the organizations The meeting of the norms of the professionals The meeting of the personalities, roles, attitudes and motivation of the professionals There is to be emphasized : Co-operation and communication skills Climate of the multi-professional working group Planning together Leading and co-ordinating of know-how, responsibility Shared know-how (R. Florida) Common language and meanings (Vähämöttönen, Vanhalakka-Ruoho & Juutilainen) Common act to the cross-sectoral multi professional co-operation

9 The matrice describes development needs expressed different levels of guidance activities, in network-based multiprofessional cooperation. (Kasurinen 2003, Nykänen 2006) Policy level: Why does guidance matter for public policy? National decision making and policy on guidance and counselling issues, legislation, national curriculum guidelines. Why does guidance matter for public policy? Contextual dimension What is the context where guidance is provided? Description of the context, development of local school curricula, to what extent are individual programmes possible. What are the settings and mechanisms for decision-making on guidance policies? Systemic dimension: Where should guidance be provided? Description of the system of support. Responsibility: What are the responsibilities of the different bodies involved in the guidance provision? There must be an institutional plan, which describes the areas of responsibilities for staff members producing guidance and counselling services in different phases of students learning programmes and career path. Division of labour: Who provides certain type of guidance services? What is the role of different guidance providers within cross-sectoral networks? (Psycho-social staff, teachers, counsellors, head teachers role, special teacher,.. administrators, employment office staff, youth workers, social services staff…) Content of guidance services: What is guidance about? Marketing, information, guidance by means of different communication channels and methods, and the focus of the counselling practice during different phases of the study and career path. Methodological dimension: how should guidance be provided? Description of the methods which are in use and how these methods are used.

10 Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 OVERVIEW ON THE KEY FINDINGS OF THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT OF GUIDANCE Establishment of 50 regional fora Key success factors: Representatives from key stake holders and social partners Establishment of regional strategy for co-operation Documentation of the progress Jointly produced framework for the cooperation (consistency, common trust, communication) Linkages with national guidance policy development

11 Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 NATIONAL JOINT ACTION GROUP (2005–2007) OBJECTIVES to develop cooperation in counselling of young people from education to work, in national and regional level to prepare a proposition how to counsel young people (age 15–19) in danger of dropping out to promote cooperation of counselling experts in national and regional level to follow the results of development projects of guidance and counselling and to spread information of good practices in national level

12 Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 Group recommendations August 2007 Municipal and regional guidance and counselling strategies Experts jointly produce supportive and guidance services Flexible routes inside the educational system The study on adequacy and availability of guidance services A permanent coordinative body to be set up to develop guidance and counselling services

13 Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 CHALLENGES National cross-sectoral cooperation - involving guidance and counselling services in educational and employment sector, social and health sector, employers organisations, trade and student unions, experts -> permanent NATIONAL LIFELONG GUIDANCE FORUM the Action Programme on information services, advice and guidance for adult education and training: projects start Steering group is formed by representatives from different organisations and stakeholders

14 Helena Kasurinen 4 June 2008 THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST! Contact information: Helena Kasurinen Senior adviser, PhD The Ministry of Employment and the Economy FINLAND Postal address: P.O. Box 32, FI GOVERNMENT Gsm


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