Career guidance in schools through the simulation of an economical cycle


Training course description

The course analyses the role of career guidance, as a bridge between school and economy, and as important decision in the life of youngster. Starting from the situation in the German school system and in the European countries, the course will deal with an innovative action: the Project Week. The Project Week consists of a simulation of an economical cycle in schools, allowing pupils to try several jobs and become better aware about their professional future choices. In the training the participants will analyze the methodology and the practical implementation of the project, as well as the pedagogy and results. During the course participants will have the possibility to dialogue with head teachers and representatives of the business world. Participants will also deal with the financing opportunities of career guidance actions at an European level.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the role of the career guidance in schools and in the economy
  • Career guidance in the German school and in an European comparison
  • Analyze an innovative action for career guidance the Project Week: simulation of an economical cycle in schools. Methodology, implementation, pedagogy and results
  • Building an European network between the participants, in order to ideate and develop new projects in the field of career guidance both at local and European level

Program of the training activity 

9:00 – 10:45  Welcome speech, group building, introduction to the organizational and content aspects. Erasmus+ program: goals and opportunities
11:15 – 13:00 Presentation of the German educational system, with special attention to the vocational guidance measures
14:00 – 16:00 Lecture and discussion: career guidance system in an European comparison

9:00 – 10:45 Berlin: BVBO (Berliner program for career orientation)
11:15 – 13:00 The „ I´LL WORK Project Week“ simulation of an economic cycle in the schools
14:00 – 16:00 Interview with the project managers: development and implementation of the Project Week

9:00 – 10:45 Visit to a Berliner high school during a Project Week and in a training
11:15 – 13:00 Interview with the head teachers: which is the role of the school in the vocational orientation?
14:00 – 16:00 Vocational orientation and pedagogy. What does the pupils learn through the simulation of a work environment?

9:00 – 10:45 Planning of a Project Week: from the topic to the final event
11:15 – 13:00 Pedagogical basis of the Project Week. How to deal with pupils?

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

Next courses will take place on:

  • 25 – 29   August 2014
  • 16 – 19   February 2015
  • 22 – 25   June 2015


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

FIKO Institut für Handlungskomptenz is active since 2009, working with high-schools and enterprises in Berlin on the topic of Classroom Management and Career Guidance, on behalf of the German Federal Employment Agency and of the Regional Government of Berlin. FIKO has been certified according to the Regulation EN ISO 9001 and to the German Regulations on the Accreditation and Approval for Employment Promotion (AZAV).