Career guidance and counseling in school

Training course description

The five day training course analyze the role of career guidance, as a connection between schools and economy. Starting from the peculiarities of the German school system participants will observe how pupils and students in the different European countries face with the topic, how they decide about their professional future, and how to support them in this important life decision. The course will give the participants the concrete tools to develop and implement career guidance actions, in order to understand how is possible to help youngster in taking up a career. Moreover there will be a focus about the European programs for long-life-learning, vocational guidance and labour mobility, with the purpose to implement new actions at a European level. Contributions and lectures will be given by school head teachers and experts from the Berlin Commerce and Industry Chamber.

Program of the training activity

9:00 – 10:45 Welcome speech, introduction to the organizational and content aspects, group building. Erasmus+ program: goals and opportunities.
11:15 – 13:00 Presentation of the German educational system
14:00 – 16:00 Existing vocational guidance measures.

9:00 – 10:45 Lecture and discussion: career guidance system in an European comparison.
11:15 – 13:00 Berlin: BVBO (Berliner program for career orientation). Comparison with similar programs in Europe.
14:00 – 16:00 Vocational orientation and pedagogy.

9:00 – 10:45 Exchange of experiences. Innovative vocational orientation: „Projektwoche“, simulating a work environment in schools. Arbeitsfüchse (Work foxes): career orientation through sport.
11:15 – 13:00 Visit to a school and in a training. Interview with the head teacher: which is the role of the school in the vocational orientation?14:00 – 16:00 Interview with the project managers: development and implementation of the project.

9:00 – 10:45 Meeting interview with the Berlin Chamber of Commerce (Commerce and Industry Chamber). What does the economy expect?
11:15 – 13:00 Labour market and mobility in Europe.

9:00 – 10:45 Ideating new guidance measures
11:15 – 13:00 Funding opportunities in Europe
14:00 – 16:00 Summary: Analysis and evaluation

Next courses will take place on:

  • 21 – 25   July 2014
  • 2  -   5    February 2015
  • 4  -   7    May 2015

Learning Objectives

Understand and define the role of career guidance in schools and in the economy;

  • Understand the German school system in relation to career guidance and career counseling;
  • Peculiarities of the German school system and comparison with the European context:
  • Understand the point of view of schools and enterprises in relation to vocational guidance. What are the objectives of school? What do the companies look for?
  • Which role does Europe play? (European Institutions and European law)
  • Exchange of experiences: focus on the Berliner project BVBO (Berliner program for the deep vocational guidance).
  • Focus on the European programs for long-life-learning, vocational guidance and labour mobility in Europe.
  • Building an European network between the participants, in order to ideate and develop new projects in the field of career guidance.


Trainer inputs, presentations, analysis of concrete cases, open discussions, interviews, dialogues with school directors and companies, visits in schools.

Preparation and Follow-up

To ensure a sustainable learning, a Moodle platform will be available to the participants, in order to make possible a deeper work on the training content. On this platform can be discussed learning content, experiences and visions. All teaching materials will be provided on the platform, and the participants will have access to it also after the training.

Languages used for the training

Main languages: English
The course is available also in German

Registration and fees

Course fee: 350 euro
Participants can  apply for an Erasmus+ grant for course fee, accommodation and travel to Berlin
The course will take place for 10-15 participants

Contact person:
Federico Oggero
+49 30 375 80 398

Institution organizing the training

FIKO Institut für Handlungskompetenz GmbH
Hauptstraße 85
12159 Berlin, Germany