Project Brief Info
The Joint Report of the Council and the Commission on the implementation of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020) also includes medium-term deliverables for vocational education and training (‘VET’), including enhancing access to qualifications for all through more flexible and permeable VET systems, in particular by offering efficient and integrated guidance services and making available validation of non-formal and informal learning.
At the end of high school years, the young graduate person will either pursue a higher education to continue education for a certain profession or will be in the work life. In both cases, there is a decision to influence the rest of their life at the beginning of their high school. It is inevitable that this decision will enable the individual to receive the necessary help services in terms of professional development in order to be the most appropriate and correct decision.
Contemporary education understanding, which aims to give individuals, productive and open qualities to development in the development of countries, gives importance to choosing the most suitable profession where the individual can reveal his potential to the maximum level. Services carried out in this field by the individual in the training process are covered by the “Career Alignment”.
Vocational Guidance is a service for young people to define various professions and to select the one that fit their characteristics, to prepare them for the chosen profession and to develop them in the professional direction.
Vocational guidance services are carried out in three stages:
1. Individual (student) recognition,
2. Recognition of occupational fields,
3. Help to select an appropriate occupation by linking the personal qualities of the individual with the
qualifications required by the profession.
The logic in these services is quite simple and valid: Individuals have different characteristics from each other. Occupations also need to have various qualities. In that case, if the individual chooses the profession that suits his / her characteristics, he will be successful and productive as well as provide psychological satisfaction and happiness.
However, the vocational school teachers who are supposed to support the students in this regard are not well informed. So, the teachers and the directors at Vocational School should be well trained about the needs of labour market and they can guide the students effectively to their future career. By helping them they can also help to their country economy. In this context ECS (Early Career Support) is very important both for the educators and the students. They both need to be trained in the field of “Career
Alignment in VET”.
The development of countries goes through individual education. The ability of the productive, open- minded individual to maximize his or her potential and to choose the most appropriate profession is directly proportional to the Career Alignment Services s/he receives during the educational process.
The interests, skills and personality traits of our children are often hand-tangled and not visible, and they need the ability to interpret these scales first and then in order to reveal the relevant features. The choice of our people unintentionally or after a coincidental occupation often causes problems such as not being satisfied with job, job changing, and reluctance to work, low productivity and lack of self- improvement. For these reasons, there is a need for a planning system so that our children, who will
start high school education, can settle in areas and departments appropriate to their interests and abilities.
Vocational orientation is one of the most important activities of the vocational high school. However, because of the high number of students in the vocational high school, the lack of sufficient number of guidance teachers, the qualifications of the schools are different in European countries. So this project will be a path way to observe the Best Practises in other European countries such as Denmark and Portugal which are very good at VET and Romania and two candidate countries such as Turkey and Macedonia which are developing in VET. These countries will have chance to observe the best practices in the field of VET in experienced countries and it can be an exchange of good practices between developing countries and developed countries.
A measure aimed at strengthening the interaction between the world of school and the world of work is the establishment of partnerships between the colleges and local enterprises. Strengthening the cooperation between the colleges and the local training committees, the aim is to ensure better coherence between school-based and work-based learning, e.g. through identification of specific tasks or problems that enterprises need to solve and subsequent alignment of the contents of school-based
education and training.