Guidance System in Cyprus – Introduction
Enhancing the provision of guidance and counselling services to all population groups is a policy priority, as outlined in the Lifelong Learning Strategy, LLL Strategy for Cyprus. The main actors for guidance and counselling in Cyprus are the Ministry of Education and Culture (MOEC), the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, MLSI and the Human Resource Development Authority, (HRDA).
Some other providers of guidance in Cyprus include:
- The Cyprus Youth Board specialized in guidance for the young less than 30 years of age.
- Guidance services provided by the Trade Unions and Municipalities in Cyprus
The main objective of all the above services is the provision of guidance and counselling in order to enable all individuals in making educational choices and career plans based on the principle of lifelong learning.
The Counselling and Career Education Services, CCES of the Ministry of Education and Culture, offers students of public secondary general and technical schools, assistance in developing personal awareness as regards their interests, needs and skills and in making suitable decisions about their education and career. Academic and vocational guidance is provided throughout the student’s attendance in upper secondary education both in class sessions and on a personal basis upon request. The services are provided by qualified guidance counsellors, who have gone through specialised post-graduate education. The counsellors are placed in each secondary school and at the central offices of the MoEC.
The Department of Labour of the MLSI, in accordance with the Euroguidance initiative (EUROGUIDANCE –CYPRUS), provides information about private and public education and training opportunities that exist in Cyprus and in the EEA in general.
In addition to the above, the Human Resources Development Authority (HRDA) presents the results of studies and information on its schemes and the options available to parents and to secondary school students through presentations and through its website.
Furthermore, the Cyprus Youth Board (Organismos Neoleas Kyprou, ONEK), in cooperation with local youth organisations has information and counselling facilities targeting the young population up to 30 years old. Private Counselling and Guidance Services are also part of the services they provide through their offices in all major towns in Cyprus.
The National Youth Organization also provides guidance and counselling through its “Youth Information Centres” (KEPLI). The Youth Information Centres operate based on European standards and provide young people with general information and counselling services on issues that interest youngsters. The information is provided in both printed and electronic form by the personnel of these Centres, through activities and by offering free access to the internet. At the same time, in some Centres the «Proposition» programme is housed which consists of counsellors who provide support and advice to young people, couples and families on different issues. Other counselling services are offered in accordance with other agencies.