Lifelong Learning Platform | LLLP - European Civil Society for Education


Guidance plays a significant role in EU policies for education, training and employment. The provision of lifelong guidance is recognised as a prerequisite to make lifelong learning a reality for European citizens. In 1992 the European Commission took the initiative to form a European Network of national resource and information centres for guidance, Euroguidance. It promotes mobility, helping guidance counsellors and individuals to better understand the opportunities available to European citizens throughout Europe.

To achieve the purpose of universally available quality guidance services across Europe, the Council of the European Union has also adopted, in 2008, a Resolution on improving the role of lifelong guidance in lifelong learning strategies. The Resolution acknowledges the centrality of guidance for education and training policies as well as its leading role in supporting employment growth and successful careers for individuals.

However, the LLLPlatform believes that much more efforts should be made to push for the implementation of comprehensive guidance systems in the Member States.


  • European survey on innovative initiatives for the validation of transversal skills

    LLLP is a partner in the EU-funded project TRANSVAL-EU, a European policy experimentation concerning innovative approaches for the validation of transversal skills obtained in non-formal and informal learning (VNFIL) contexts, including guidance services.
    “Transversal skills and competences (TSCs) are learned and proven abilities which are commonly seen as necessary or valuable for effective action in virtually any kind of work, learning or life activity.  They are “transversal” because they are not exclusively related to any particular context (job, occupation, academic discipline, […]

  • Almost half of upper Secondary Pupils in the EU enrolled in VET

    Out of the 22 million pupils in the European Union studying at upper secondary level in 2014, almost 11 million (or 48%) were enrolled in vocational education. In twelve EU Member States, more than half of all upper secondary pupils studied vocational programmes. Vocational education at upper secondary level was somewhat dominated by men, who accounted for 56% of pupils, compared with 44% women. This pattern can be observed in almost all Member States. Ensuring that young people develop […]

  • Skills Matter: Survey of Adult Skills

    This Second Edition of the Survey of Adult Skills, Reader’s Companion,  a product of the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), was designed to provide insights into the availability of some of these key skills in society and how they are used at work and at home. It describes the design and methodology of the survey and its relationship to other international assessments of young students and adults.

  • Getting Skills Right

    Getting Skills Right: Assessing and Anticipating Changing Skill Needs. Shifts du to digitalisation, globalisation, demographic, as well as other changes in work organisation are constantly reshaping skill needs. This OECD report identifies effective strategies for improving labour market information on skill needs and ensuring that this information is used effectively to develop the right skills.

  • Guidance and counselling to take validation to the next level, 2015

    European Parliament – 2 December (13.00-15.00)
    The Lifelong Learning Platform welcomed the 2012 Council Recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning (VNIL) as it gave a political impulse for Member States to speed up the building of validation systems. Significant progress has been made in the last few years, especially with regard to the development of the legal frameworks and strategies. However more efforts should be made in order to increase the potential benefits of validation for a wider […]

  • Professionalising career guidance

    There is a clear consensus in Europe that high quality guidance and counselling services play a key role in supporting lifelong learning, career management and achievement of personal goals. The shift to lifelong guidance in the Member States can best be supported through European cooperation and by means of partnerships between national and regional authorities, social partners, guidance practitioners in education and employment, and young, adult and senior citizens as service users. Establishing a coherent and holistic guidance system that […]

  • EU Guidelines for Lifelong Guidance Policies and Systems

    The aim of these Guidelines is to provide advice and reference points for lifelong guidance policies and systems across the education, training, employment and social fields in order to improve the career learning experience of EU citizens and strengthen the professionalism of career services and tools. The Guidelines also aim to demonstrate how coherent guidance policies and systems contribute to achieving education, employment, youth and social policy goals. The Guidelines can be used by policy-makers and developers, social partners, civil […]

  • EU Guidelines for Lifelong Guidance Policies and Systems

    The European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (Cedefop) has published the EU Guidelines for Lifelong Guidance Policies and Systems: A Reference Framework for the EU and for the Commission, providing indications to policy makers on how to develop holistic career guidance systems (guidance and counselling were on the LLLWeek2015 Agenda). The guidelines cover all relevant sectors and policy fields, including employment, education, training, youth, migrations and senior workers. To develop these guidelines, Cedefop collaborated with the Member States and the […]

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