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The further training course "GUIDANCE 2020: Modern elements of lifelong guidance & employability - New emerging skills for guidance practitioners" was designed in the framework of the European project "INNO-CAREER - Develop prototype training system of career guidance counsellors".

The project "INNO-CAREER" involved five partners, from Greece (EOPPEP, Euricon Consultants), Cyprus (INEK-PEO), Czech Republic (NVF) and Italy (USRV) and was focused on the development and pilot implementation of a continuous training program for career guidance counsellors with emphasis on modern skills required by counsellors to deal with new challenges in career guidance and labour market at European and international level.

The project was implemented under the European Lifelong Learning Program Leonardo da Vinci and funded by the European Union by 75%. The project duration was 1.10.2013 - 30.09.2015. For more information about the project, please, visit At the project web pages you can also find the section e-network with an electronic forum through which career guidance counsellors having participated to the INNO-CAREER course will have the opportunity to exchange experiences - good practices with peers. The future involvement of stakeholders in the e-network will enable to increase the attention on specific topics concerning career guidance and improve the products of the project.

The further training course "GUIDANCE 2020: Modern elements of lifelong guidance & employability - New emerging skills for guidance practitioners" has an overall duration of 40 hours consisting of 30 hours distance learning and 10 hours face to face study (blended learning approach). It consists of six modules described in following table.

Module Number Module title

Welcome services for migrants

The module will help participants to recognise main welcome service and career guidance tools to motivate migrants to access education and training, to learn how to use them in order to involve and support the migrant, also in the process of developing competences in using the foreign language, knowing the rules and behaviours typical of the country civic education and increasing his/her chances to find a job.


Career guidance in connection with labour market

The module aims at developing and promoting skills to guide in a structured way the career guidance process with clients who are seeking new job or are considering a change in their career paths including further education. The module works with a particular solution focused counselling approach, which can be used with many clients to streamline and improve the preparation of their career planning.


Recognition of non formal and informal learning

The module aims at improving career guidance counsellors´ skills in supporting and helping clients in the process of recognition of non-formal and informal learning with a view to facilitate their access to labour market or their retraining.


Career guidance for mobility

The module provides basic overview of career guidance addressed to clients who intend to travel abroad to study or work. The module will let career guidance counsellors to improve their skills taking into account the positive and negative effects of mobility and other issues concerned.


Development of career management skills (CMS) of individuals

The module illustrates near new trends, approaches, methods and exercises that can be used in career guidance in order to support clients in developing and improving their career management skills.


Quality assurance issues in career guidance

The module deals with the international approaches cocerning quality assurance and assessment of career guidance services.

Course learning outcomes  

Each module has its own specific set of learning outcomes, and all of them embrace the following generic outcomes:

  • gaining up-to-date career guidance competences, knowledge and skills,
  • becoming familiar with existing practices and procedures in lifelong guidance,
  • understanding the changes taking place in "lifelong guidance "and being able to take on further challenges in career guidance development.  

In addition, the course as a whole is designed to support participants in their daily work with clients in order to:

  • be reflective and apply critical thinking,
  • provide career guidance to all types of clients, including migrants,
  • exploit theoretical approaches related to career management skills,
  • use theories and models that are dealing with career guidance in a multicultural environment and cross-cultural transitions,
  • apply, monitor and evaluate the quality of their own career guidance work with clients and help improving the career guidance provision in the community they belong to,
  • guide clients (domestic as well as foreign) throughout the process of recognition of formal, non formal and informal learning outcomes.  

Course target group

The course is addressed to a wide audience of people who act as career guidance counsellors or want to work as career guidance counsellors in the future. In particular the target group is represented by career guidance counsellors working in the following institutions:          

  • governmental authorities and national agencies responsible for designing, providing or organizing specialized training for career guidance practitioners,
  • educational institutions belonging to formal and non-formal education regardless of their founder (state, public, private),
  • providers of career guidance including public employment services and career services working in universities and colleges,
  • private employment agencies,
  • research institutions dealing with career guidance.  

Finally, the course is also targeted to specialists playing several roles and performing different tasks dealing with career management and development within companies, that is, professionals working as mentors, career coaches, experts supporting the implementation of career guidance and counselling programmes, trainers for career development issues, personnel recruitment and selection specialists, outsourcing services specialists.  

As already described above the course is based on the principles of blended learning using online libraries and e-learning methodologies, and this represents an advantage for people with disabilities or physical limitations.  

Course entry requirements

The course is addressed to individuals currently working or aiming to work in the future as career guidance counsellors. The basic course entry requirement is to either hold an active position as career guidance counsellor or have a certificate of successful attendance in career guidance.

In order to successfully complete the program a trainee has to be assessed both at the end of each of the six modules and at the end of the whole course. For module assessment the trainee has to complete at least 4 out of 5 obligatory tasks set by the module.   

For more information about the course run click on “Show manual” in the left column.  

To be granted the permission to participate in the training program you must first contact by e-mail or telephone the following national contact point:  

National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP)

Address: 41 Ethnikis Antistaseos Avenue, 142 34 Athens, GREECEC

Career Guidance Directorate

Contact person: Gaitanis Dimitris


tel: +30 210 2709174  

Just after the national contact point permission you can register for course participation by clicking on “create an account” in the right column.