Good e-Guidance Stories

Exciting News!

We’re thrilled to announce the release of the third and final newsletter from the Good e-Guidance Stories project! Packed with insightful content and project developments, this newsletter marks an important milestone in our journey towards modernizing Information, Advice, and Guidance (IAG) services in the digital era. In this newsletter you will find out more about the upcoming conference, field trials, competency frameworks, and more.

Stay tuned for more updates and join us as we continue shaping the future of career guidance together!

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Exciting News from the GeGS Project!

We are thrilled to announce the release of a new article detailing the remarkable achievements of the GeGS project!

The GeGS project aimed to revolutionize Information, Advice, and Guidance (IAG) service provision by accelerating the digital shift within organizations and implementing cutting-edge e-services in IAG counseling.

Key highlights from the article include:

  •  Testing of an AI-driven online career counseling tool called Jobiri, developed by an Italian company, which offers comprehensive support for job seekers including CV and cover letter assistance, as well as employability skills training.
  • Adaptation and redevelopment of Jobiri to suit the specific needs and circumstances of the Thessaly, Sardinia, and Berlin regions.
  • Collaboration with public authorities and professionals in the field trial regions to validate the adaptation process.
  • Involvement of 35 IAG practitioners who used the tool to assist over 350 clients during the project period.

The field trials spanned almost 18 months from November 2022 to March 2024.

It’s worth noting the diverse range of clients served, including young adults entering the job market, individuals over 30 years old, and even employed individuals seeking career planning guidance.

This article showcases not only the success of the GeGS project but also the potential for personalized guidance services to make a meaningful impact on individual clients’ lives.

Stay tuned for further updates and insights from the GeGS project! Read the full article here.

Registration Now Open!

Registration for the Final Conference of the Erasmus+ policy experimentation project Good e-Guidance Stories (GeGS) is now officially open!

To secure your spot and be part of this transformative dialogue, register now here: https://umfrage.gsub.de/gegs-final-conference-registration

Don’t miss your chance to join us on May 30, 2024, in Berlin or via our hybrid format. Engage with policymakers, practitioners, and experts from across Europe as we explore the future of career guidance in the digital era.

GeGS focuses on modernizing Information, Advice, and Guidance (IAG) services by introducing the comprehensive GeGS training framework, building a transnational Community of Practice for peer-to-peer learning and implementing an AI-driven digital platform for personalized career counselling in pilot regions across Europe.

Find out more about the transformative journey at our upcoming conference as we present the dynamic intersection of Information, Advice, and Guidance (IAG) in the evolving landscape of Digital Transformation. Join policy makers, practitioners, and experts from Italy, Germany, Greece, UK and Ireland as we look back on our GeGS project journey and discuss the results of our policy experimentation. We will speak about the future potential of digital or AI powered tools in IAG services and the crucial role of practitioner competences in this transformation process. This conference promises engaging discussions about the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital shift, real-world experiences, as well as a celebration of collaboration through the Memorandum of Understanding. Be part of the dialogue shaping the future of career guidance in this digital era.

For further information about the final conference visit this page.

Save the Date for the Final Conference of the Erasmus+ policy experimentation project Good e-Guidance Stories (GeGS) on 30. May 2024!

GeGS focuses on modernising Information, Advice, and Guidance (IAG) services by introducing the comprehensive GeGS training framework, building a transnational Community of Practice for peer-to-peer learning and implementing an AI-driven digital platform for personalised career counselling in pilot regions across Europe.

Join our upcoming conference as we present the dynamic intersection of Information, Advice, and Guidance (IAG) in the evolving landscape of digital transformation. Join policy makers, practitioners, and experts from Italy, Germany, Greece, UK and Ireland as we look back on our GeGS project journey and discuss the results of our policy experimentation. We will speak about the future potential of digital or AI powered tools in IAG services and the crucial role of practitioner competences in this transformation process. This conference promises engaging discussions about the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital shift, real-world experiences, as well as a celebration of collaboration through the Memorandum of Understanding. Be part of the dialogue shaping the future of career guidance in this digital era.

Save the Date! 30. May 2024 – Berlin / hybrid

New information as well as instructions on how to sign up and attend will be posted regularly on this page.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our upgraded Moodle course, designed for managers and practitioners navigating the evolving realm of vocational education and training (VET) and IAG services.

The Digital Imperative: In today’s fast-paced world, the transformation of VET and IAG services into e-services is not just a trend—it’s an imperative. The European Commission underscores the significance of bridging the digital skills gap, positioning it as a top priority. It is within this context that our Moodle platform steps in.

Key Features:

Comprehensive Project Hub: Explore additional project-related materials housed on the GeGS website, providing a comprehensive hub for all project-related information.

Interactive Learning Experience: Experience our interactive Moodle platform. Students can create their accounts, fostering a personalized learning journey where they can trace their progress and actively engage with the course content.

CEDEFOP Clusters: Explore the essential competences and skills required in the field of IAG as outlined by CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training). Our platform provides a dedicated section, “CEDEFOP – CLUSTERS OF PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCES,” where case studies are thoughtfully organized to align with these competency clusters.

Thematic Tracks: Begin a structured learning experience with our carefully designed thematic tracks. Delve into specialized topics, explore interconnected case studies, and deepen your knowledge in specific areas. These thematic tracks are tailored to meet the precise training needs of both practitioners and managers, offering a holistic and comprehensive learning experience.

Practical Learning with Case Studies: Our course also offers practical learning. Case studies serve as useful tools, enabling you to apply professional and digital skills in real-life scenarios. Tackle common challenges faced by guidance practitioners and develop effective solutions using your newfound knowledge and skills.

Navigating the Learning Path: Navigating through the learning materials is intuitive. In the “CEDEFOP – CLUSTERS OF PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCES” section, case studies are organized into three categories: Practitioner Skills & Values, Working with Clients, and Systems and Networks. Thematic Pathways cross-reference case studies, grouping them into tracks designed to cater to the specific training needs of practitioners and managers.

We are excited to accompany you on this journey of professional and digital development.

Join us in shaping the future of IAG services. Your learning adventure begins now!

Visit the new Moodle platform on this link: https://www.goodeguidance.cloud/

As part of the Erasmus+ project, Good e-Guidance Stories (GeGS), the gsub, together with the Berlin Senate Department for Labor, Social Affairs, Equality, Integration, Diversity and Anti-Discrimination (SenASGIVA), organized their Policy Practice Workshop: Policy meets Practice – Changes in Career and Vocational Guidance Services through Digital Transformation, on November 16, 2023, in Berlin.

The event aimed to facilitate a dialogue and exchange between the administrative and practitioner levels of Information, Advice, and Guidance (IAG) services on digitalization services in Berlin.

After Dubravko Gršić and Brigitte Franz welcomed all participants, Christine Richter (Leader of the department for vocational training of the SenASGIVA) gave the opening speech.

In the morning, Dubravko Gršić presented the GeGS project and Silke Kriwoluzky the initial outcomes of the first two field trials, aimed at testing a digital training offer for IAG practitioners. The second trial focused on evaluating the AI-supported digital job placement platform, Jobiri, involving local IAG practitioners. The second trial will conclude by the end of December 2023.

Mareike Sirman-Winkler then presented the findings of her working group at IAB on the “Acceptance of AI applications in public employment services”, which is based on a research project with Dr. Christopher Osiander.

In the afternoon, participants got together in working groups to discuss the status of digitalization in Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services in Berlin, as well as the future development in this area. Key questions included assessing the present status of IAG services concerning digitalization, identifying necessary skills for practitioners in this evolving landscape, recognizing obstacles and opportunities in the digital transformation of IAG services, and envisioning the future of effective IAG services and the prerequisites for their realization. The working groups promoted exchanges between IAG practitioners, administrative staff from the Senate Department, job centres, and the Employment Agency, facilitating the sharing and discussion of mutual needs and requirements.

From the joint discussions, it became clear that practitioners wish for better digital tools that adhere to data protection standards, to outsource certain tasks to AI and therefore have more time in one-on-one consultations with clients. As digitalization and AI tools develop, practitioners need to develop an awareness of AI-generated content and advise their clients regarding its usage in job searches.

With around 40 participants from both the administrative level of the Berlin Senate as well as practitioners from a range of local IAG service providers and strong engagement from all attendees, the event was a great success.

Choosing Today and Tomorrow: Unveiling the Future of E-Guidance in European Vocational Training

In a rapidly evolving landscape driven by digital transition and profound shifts in labour markets, the Good E-Guidance Stories (GEGS) project presents an innovative approach to guidance in European Vocational Training. Funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme, this initiative aims to improve vocational training and active labour market policies across the European landscape.

The GEGS project revolves around the modernization of guidance, support, and preparation for work within vocational training and employment policies. Its strategic objectives are grounded in addressing the need for new approaches and updated digital tools and skills to effectively support students, workers, and jobseekers. In this transformative journey, the project has seen the collaboration of the Region of Sardinia, the Land of Berlin in Germany, and the Region of Thessaly in Greece among other European partners.

At the heart of GEGS lie two aspects: an interactive professional development curriculum for guidance professionals in the VET sector and a digital platform using artificial intelligence. The platform was developed by Jobiri and adapted to specific local needs in different countries.

 

Conference Highlights: Tackling Structural Challenges

The mid-term conference titled “Choosing Today and Tomorrow” marked an important moment in the GEGS journey, aimed to analyse the experimentation phase. During the two days, representatives including policymakers, managers, enterprises, and guidance practitioners from six European countries worked together to address challenges that came up during the first project phase and to develop collective solutions.

Alessandra Zedda, Councillor for Labour, Vocational Training, Cooperation, and Social Security, expressed the Region’s commitment to digital transition and emphasized the necessity for a unified vocational system. The conference provided a platform for comparison and mutual exchange among European partners, aligning strategies with emerging priorities in different contexts.

 

E-Guidance in Action: Insights from the Field

Elena Grilli, the project coordinator, highlighted the increased significance of digitization during the COVID-19 pandemic. The collaboration among key regions—Sardinia, Berlin, and Thessaly—signifies a concerted effort to sustain long-term innovation and mainstream effective methodologies in guidance functions within VET.

The project’s impact on regional strategies was further explored with a focus on Sardinia’s GOAL programme—a significant milestone in reshaping active labour market policies. With ambitious targets and a focus on digitalizing skills, GOAL aims to standardize services and cater to diverse user clusters, acknowledging the digital skills gap prevalent in Italy.

 

Round Table Insights: Concrete Testimonies

The Round Table session provided concrete insights from practitioners and stakeholders operating within the region. A stakeholder from the Chamber of Commerce of Cagliari showcased the institution’s role in offering guidance services linked to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Similarly, ASPAL, the Sardinian Agency for Active Labour Market Policies, highlighted its extensive network and services for final users.

The involvement of private sector entities such as COSPES and INSIGNIA highlighted the importance of tailored approaches and collaboration with local companies to deliver high-quality guidance services. Furthermore, the discussion emphasized the role of innovative digital tools, with Jobiri’s AI-based platform representing a transformative approach in facilitating dialogue between students and employers.

 

Moving Forward: Progress and Anticipations

Representatives from various project partners shared progress updates and anticipated outcomes. Testimonies from RINOVA and SOESTRA focused on recent training processes and field trials, offering insights into practitioners’ needs and competence evaluations.  Dubravko Grsic projected a post-project scenario, drawing inspiration from projects like JOBBROKER to enhance methodological and implementation aspects sustainably.

 

Towards a Synergistic Future: Workshop Insights and Conclusions

The concluding workshop explored synergies between VET and guidance, dissecting policies and practices while offering recommendations to shape the future of e-guidance. The Conference and Workshops have paved the way for a dynamic future, emphasizing the need for evolving guidance methodologies and digital tools to address the needs in the shifting landscapes of vocational training and active labour markets in Europe. As the GEGS project continues its journey, it promotes e-guidance to allow for inclusive, skill-centric, and futureproof employment ecosystems.

We are thrilled to share the progress we’ve made in our mission to transform Europe’s Vocational and Educational Training (VET) systems.

Recently, during a productive TPM session in the sunny city of Rome, our project partners gathered to reflect on their GeGS journey and discuss the exciting future that lies ahead. GeGS is all about modernizing Information, Advice, and Guidance (IAG) services through the integration of cutting-edge digital training programs and AI-based e-guidance tools.

As we continue to empower professionals, elevate VET systems, and enhance the efficiency of e-guidance services, we invite you to be a part of this transformative initiative. Share your GeGS success stories, and stay connected for upcoming updates and events.

Explore the video to get an in-depth look at the GeGS project’s progress and impact.

Identified as a response to an ever-changing labour market resulting from accelerated automation, digital transition, and the COVID-19 pandemic; the GeGS project aims to modernise Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services with a digital approach to the provision of IAG services and offering professional training online and AI-based tools for e-Guidance. By employing a case study methodology, the partners, peer expert group, and digital leadership group have developed a curriculum that embeds the use of case studies as learning tools and means to facilitate continuing professional development.

Read the second newsletter here!

The Good e-Guidance Stories research report compiled by our partners captures the response of the information, advice, and guidance IAG services in the UK, Italy, France, Germany, and Greece to the Covid19 Pandemic. The methodological approach implemented in this report included both desk research and a qualitative inquiry, which was composed of interviews with IAG service managers and focus groups which targeted guidance practitioners and beneficiaries.

     ‘‘It is becoming increasingly obvious that the covid 19 pandemic has required us all to think differently about jobs – whether that requires working from home or a complete re-think about job prospects, we’ve needed to think outside the box.’’ (UK).

The reports main findings related to IAG services, and the process of digitalisation in each partner countries emphasises the following: IAG services in France are very digitally orientated with 70 % of public administration services already digitalised and the rest to be updated by 2022. In Italy, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan foresees a reform of IAG service including the introduction of guidance training modules targeted at 4th and 5th grades of secondary school to support students in making choices on their studies as well as further vocational training and preparatory modules for those willing to enter the world of work. In the case of Greece, there are several e-learning courses in the field of career guidance offered by Lifelong Learning Centres of the Universities in the sectors of education, social work, and even Medicine. In Germany (Düsseldorf) new emerging target groups were reported, including many with vocational training and university degrees, recently unemployed due to the pandemic, young EU foreigners and those who find it difficult to access face-to-face counselling due to time restraints. In this way, it was highlighted that ‘’online counselling can offer advantages especially for people with limited mobility, for people who cannot/would not leave the house (for example due to mental or physical illness” (Germany). In the UK, areas of improvement were identified for career guidance service including better quality e-resources and digital provisions for service users, more interactive IAG online provisions for youth and increasing funded training opportunities and support for IAG practitioners. Moreover, it was highlighted that ‘‘there are challenges in accessing young people most in need as some have become disengaged, here partnership working is vital for engagement and follow up’’ (UK)

The main conclusions of this report are that the pandemic has accelerated the process of digitalisation of IAG services, the digital gap has become a determining factor in job search and career development, and with respect to the organisation of services it emerges that all accredited public and private agencies responsible for IAG services have reorganised the services to adapt to the need for remote access. For the full report and conclusions see the link to the PDF in our library GeGS-Report-desk-research.pdf (goodeguidance.eu).