Cooperation and Coordination
Mechanisms for Lifelong
Guidance
Experiences of the German National
Guidance Forum
Judith Frü...
Content
• Setting the context
• Cooperation and coordination
mechanisms for Lifelong Guidance –
European perspectives
• Th...
Setting the context
What is Lifelong Guidance (LLG)?
The German guidance system
European developments

The National Guidan...
What is Lifelong Guidance?
EU-Definition (EU Council Resolution 2004):
“In the context of lifelong learning, guidance refe...
German LLG system
• LLG field is heterogeneous and fragmented
• different responsibilities: federation, federal
states, mu...
International and European Developments
• OECD/ EU/ Worldbank studies (2001-2003)
• EU Expert Group (2002-2007):
„Aims and...
EU Council Resolutions
• EU Council Resolutions 2004/ 2008 on LLG:
Member states should consider to
– develop national and...
International and European Developments
• OECD/ EU/ Worldbank studies (2001-2003)
• EU Expert Group (2002-2007):
„Aims and...
Cooperation and coordination mechanisms for
Lifelong Guidance
European perspectives on
Guidance Forums (NGF)

10 messages ...
10 Key messages for NGF
1. clear connection to lifelong learning and
employability strategies.
2. shared definitions and t...
Establishment of NGF: top-down
Government sets
goals

Policies/
Legislation

• funding base
• direct link to the governmen...
Establishment of NGF: Bottom-up
• high sense of ownership in
the LLG community
• more sustainable

Government
support

Est...
Intensity of linkage in NGF

Communication

The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013

Co...
Roles of a Forum
• Dialogue:
– exchange information and discussion
– common understanding and voluntary co-ordination
acti...
Functions of a Forum
•
•
•
•
•

improve communication
encourage collaboration
identify citizen‘s needs
improve services
in...
German National Guidance Forum in
Education, Career and Employment
(Nationales Forum Beratung, nfb)
Development of a botto...
Development of the German NGF (nfb)
• EU-Resolution on Lifelong Guidance (2004)
• high level conference on the Future of G...
Structure of nfb
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ADVISORY COUNCIL

assign

Representatives from :

SECRETARIAT

- Federal Ministry of ...
Mission: Aims of the nfb
• stimulate the (further) development of a coherent and
transparent guidance system which meets t...
Mission: Tasks of the nfb
• platform for exchange across all sectors
• national and international cooperation and
networki...
Activities and outcomes of the nfb
• White Paper proposing reforms for the guidance system
(2008/2009)
• brochure on the G...
Government funded projects of the nfb
• Co-operation with Education Ministry as member of the
German delegation to ELGPN
(...
Success factors,
challenges and lessons learnt

The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
Key success factors of the nfb
1. clear connection to LLL and employability strategies
2. shared definitions and aims in t...
Challenges
• sustain active engagement and leadership
• more active involvement in relevant, up-to-date
matters of policy ...
Lessons learnt
• roots for National Guidance Forums in
EU policy and debate => provides backing
• continue international c...
Thank you for your attention!
Hvala lepo!
Judith Frübing,

Nationales Forum Beratung (nfb)
Kurfürstenstraße 131,
D-10785 B...
Sources and further information
• CEDEFOP. Establishing and developing national lifelong guidance policy forums. A manual ...
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  1. 1. Cooperation and Coordination Mechanisms for Lifelong Guidance Experiences of the German National Guidance Forum Judith Frübing, National Guidance Forum (nfb) Belgrade, 5th December 2013 The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  2. 2. Content • Setting the context • Cooperation and coordination mechanisms for Lifelong Guidance – European perspectives • The German National Guidance Forum • Success factors, challenges and lessons learnt The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  3. 3. Setting the context What is Lifelong Guidance (LLG)? The German guidance system European developments The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  4. 4. What is Lifelong Guidance? EU-Definition (EU Council Resolution 2004): “In the context of lifelong learning, guidance refers to a range of activities that enables citizens of any age and at any point in their lives • to identify their capacities, competences and interests • to make educational, training and occupational decisions and • to manage their individual life paths in learning, work and other settings in which these capacities and competences are learned and/or used.” The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  5. 5. German LLG system • LLG field is heterogeneous and fragmented • different responsibilities: federation, federal states, municipalities • vocational guidance generally provided by the Employment Agencies • educational guidance generally provided by institutions of the education system => no coherent strategy for Lifelong Guidance The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  6. 6. International and European Developments • OECD/ EU/ Worldbank studies (2001-2003) • EU Expert Group (2002-2007): „Aims and Principles for LLG“ • EU Council Resolutions 2004/ 2008 on LLG • Cooperation in the – European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) – and in other networks (e.g. Euroguidance) The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  7. 7. EU Council Resolutions • EU Council Resolutions 2004/ 2008 on LLG: Member states should consider to – develop national and regional mechanisms for coordination and co-operation among key stakeholders – link this to national lifelong learning and labour market strategies – support a partnership policy and local networking of services across sectors – develop a common guidance culture (e.g by means of quality assurance) The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  8. 8. International and European Developments • OECD/ EU/ Worldbank studies (2001-2003) • EU Expert Group (2002-2007): „Aims and Principles for LLG“ • EU Council Resolutions 2004/ 2008 on LLG • Cooperation in the – European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) – and in other networks (e.g. Euroguidance) The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  9. 9. Cooperation and coordination mechanisms for Lifelong Guidance European perspectives on Guidance Forums (NGF) 10 messages on National Guidance Forums Establishing a National Guidance Forum Roles and Functions of National Guidance Forums The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  10. 10. 10 Key messages for NGF 1. clear connection to lifelong learning and employability strategies. 2. shared definitions and terminology. 3. selective in determining those invited to participate. 4. clearly identified tasks and roles. 5. strong commitment from key parties. 6. clearly defined relationship with the government. 7. independent secretariat. 8. avoid mission drift. 9. awareness of the risks of role conflict. 10.work from the viewpoint of the individual citizen. The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  11. 11. Establishment of NGF: top-down Government sets goals Policies/ Legislation • funding base • direct link to the government • lack of ownership in the LLG community • less sustainable Establishment of NGF The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  12. 12. Establishment of NGF: Bottom-up • high sense of ownership in the LLG community • more sustainable Government support Establishment of NGF Implementation Cooperation of many actors and stakeholders for a common aim • more patchy and sectoral • need to secure a link to the government The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  13. 13. Intensity of linkage in NGF Communication The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013 Cooperation Coordination
  14. 14. Roles of a Forum • Dialogue: – exchange information and discussion – common understanding and voluntary co-ordination activities • Consultation: – react and response to government initiatives or policies • Policy development: – make policy proposals and intiatives • Systems development – develop practically oriented issues The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  15. 15. Functions of a Forum • • • • • improve communication encourage collaboration identify citizen‘s needs improve services influence policy and lobby for promotion of lifelong guidance • benefit from international co-operation The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  16. 16. German National Guidance Forum in Education, Career and Employment (Nationales Forum Beratung, nfb) Development of a bottom-up initiative Mission and tasks Organization and membership Activities and projects The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  17. 17. Development of the German NGF (nfb) • EU-Resolution on Lifelong Guidance (2004) • high level conference on the Future of Guidance (2004): initiative for the foundation of a NGF in a bottom-up process • Preparatory Steering Group: - networking with stakeholders in the field of guidance - drafting of the Mission • European cooperation for the establishment of NGF • 2006 nfb found as a legal association, non-profit NGO The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  18. 18. Structure of nfb BOARD OF DIRECTORS ADVISORY COUNCIL assign Representatives from : SECRETARIAT - Federal Ministry of Education and Research - Federal Ministry of Labour - Federal Employment Agency - Parliament (Bundestag) - federal states and their education ministries - social partners elect advise MEMBERS Individuals (18) - Guidance experts Organisations/ Institutions (32) - professional associations, - institutions of further education - trade unions - research institutes - Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  19. 19. Mission: Aims of the nfb • stimulate the (further) development of a coherent and transparent guidance system which meets the needs of the users • promote quality and professionalism in guidance • improve coordination and cooperation • support the effects and efficiancy of guidance through research and evaluation • increase the awareness for the importance of guidance for the society, economy and for the individual The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  20. 20. Mission: Tasks of the nfb • platform for exchange across all sectors • national and international cooperation and networking • advocate for special target groups • identify research needs • promote development of methods and instruments • advise and support policy making through expert opinion • propose reforms • develop commonly accepted quality standards and professional competence profiles The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  21. 21. Activities and outcomes of the nfb • White Paper proposing reforms for the guidance system (2008/2009) • brochure on the German guidance system (2011) • professional expertise and advice for policies, projects, programmes, conferences, workshops and training (ongoing) • press releases on current policy issues (ongoing) • Newsletter on practice, policies and research in LLG (3 issues per year) • website as an information resource: www.forum-beratung.de • conferences and workshops (ongoing) The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  22. 22. Government funded projects of the nfb • Co-operation with Education Ministry as member of the German delegation to ELGPN (2008 - 2014) www.elgpn.eu • Open process of co-ordination for quality development (2009 – 2014) www.beratungsqualitaet.net  Quality standards for guidance delivery  Competence profile for guidance practitioners  Quality Development Framework (QDF) to support service providers  model for sustainable implementation (a.e. certification scheme) The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  23. 23. Success factors, challenges and lessons learnt The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  24. 24. Key success factors of the nfb 1. clear connection to LLL and employability strategies 2. shared definitions and aims in the Mission Statement 3. selectivity in membership: key stakeholders 4. clearly identified tasks and roles => think in steps 5. strong support and commitment from key players as allies 6. clearly defined relationship to government: independent but recognized by the government 7. independent secretariat 8. awareness of the risks of role conflict The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  25. 25. Challenges • sustain active engagement and leadership • more active involvement in relevant, up-to-date matters of policy and practice • sustain funding (fees, funded projects) • avoid mission drift • work from the viewpoint of the individual citizen The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  26. 26. Lessons learnt • roots for National Guidance Forums in EU policy and debate => provides backing • continue international cooperation and involvement • balance between governmental recognition and involvement of all stakeholders • awareness of the different interests and competences of stakeholders • work on concrete professional projects The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  27. 27. Thank you for your attention! Hvala lepo! Judith Frübing, Nationales Forum Beratung (nfb) Kurfürstenstraße 131, D-10785 Berlin fruebing@forum-beratung.de www.forum-beratung.de The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
  28. 28. Sources and further information • CEDEFOP. Establishing and developing national lifelong guidance policy forums. A manual for policy-makers and stakeholders. Cedefop Panorama series; 153. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008. • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung. Bestandsaufnahme in der Bildungs-, Berufs- und Beschäftigungsberatung und Entwicklung grundlegender Qualitätsstandards, Abschlussbericht. 2007. http://www.bmbf.de/pub/berufsbildungsforschung.pdf • ELGPN. Lifelong Guidance Policy Development – A European Resource Kit. Jyväskylä, 2012. • ELGPN. Lifelong Guidance Policies. Progress Report 2011-12: A Report on the Work of European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network 2011 – 12. Jyväskylä, 2012. • ELGPN. Lifelong Guidance Policies. Work in Progress: A Report on the Work of European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network 2008 – 10. Jyväskylä, 2010. • EU Resolution of the Council on strenghtening of policies, systems and practices of lifelong guidance, 2004. (EU Document 928604 EDUC 89 SOC 234) • EU Resolution of the Council on better integrating lifelong guidance into lifelong learning strategies, 2008. (EU Document 1503008 EDOC 257 SOC 653) • Härtel, Peter. Lifelong Guidance for Lifelong Learning: Comments, Concepts, Conclusions of the Joint Actions Project „European Guidance Forum“. Graz, Krakow: 2007. • Nationales Forum Beratung. Mission Statement. Transl. B. Jenschke, 2006. • Schober, Karen. „Das nfb: Von der Idee zur Umsetzung – die Erfolgsgeschichte eines Netzwerks.“ In. Beratung entwickeln - den Wandel gestalten. Vier Jahrzehnte im Dienst der Berufsberatung. Ed. Karen Schober. Bielefeld: Bertelsmann, 2013. Online Sources • Nationales Forum Beratung in Bildung Beruf und Beschäftigung (nfb) (National Guidance Forum in Education Career and Employment): www.forum-beratung.de (English section available) • Beratungsqualität in Bildung, Beruf und Beschäftigung – offener Koordinierungsprozess zur Qualitätsentwicklung (open process of coordination for quality development) www.beratungsqualitaet.net (English section available) • The German National Guidance Forum – a bottom-up approach .” Examples of Lifelong Guidance related initiatives and practices in ELGPN member countries. www.elgpn.eu/elgpndb/view/11 • European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network ELGPN: www.elgpn.eu The National Guidance Forum (nfb) in Germany - Judith Frübing | 05.11.2013
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