On September 3rd & 4th 2014 the European academic network NICE is holding a large event at Canterbury Christ Church University in England. Key figures from all partner countries will discuss central issues around the education and training of people in the practice of career guidance and counselling.
At a time of economic and political change around Europe and beyond, enabling citizens to engage successfully with the world of work has never been more important for the economies of nation states and for individuals. The education and training of those who will guide individuals and who will advise the process of policy-making is therefore also crucial. Keynote speakers Dr Gideon Arulmani and Professor AG (Tony) Watts will open the summit illustrating the challenges that lie ahead of us and pointing to some changes, which might be necessary in the future. Dr Arulmani, founder of the Promise Foundation in Bangalore, India, will enable delegates to consider issues relating to the migration and mobility of workers across the globe. Professor Watts, international policy consultant on career guidance and career development, will explore challenges to the roles and professional development of careers professionals. These speakers will thereby focus delegates on the challenges that careers professionals face in enabling their clients to engage in a complex and rapidly changing labour market, and how their education and training must evolve.
The goal of the summit will be to actively discuss concrete proposals on the future of education and training for the career workforce with key professionals, policy makers, researchers and educators. Central questions will relate to the competences that different types of career professionals (and people from related professions) need, to the cooperation between practice, policy and academia, and to major research questions which we need to concentrate on in the future.
To ensure a fair representation of different countries and stakeholder groups, the participants of the summit are being invited personally through members of the network. They include key decision makers and representatives of professional bodies, practitioners, academic and research institutions, service users, policy makers and managers of services.
Participation at the summit is by invitation only. If you are interested in participating, please contact the NICE partner in your country or one of the people named below.
Dr Hazel Reid, Chair of the Summit, Canterbury University (hazel.reid[at]canterbury.ac.uk)
Johannes Katsarov, Coordinator NICE (johannes_katsarov[at]hotmail.de)
Dr Peter Weber, Coordinator NICE (pweber[at]ibw.uni-heidelberg.de)
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