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Foreword        Introduction

 The turbulent times we are currently experiencing due to Covid-19 are putting a spotlight on the need   The Euroguidance network is co-funded through the Erasmus+ programme and coordinated by the
 to invest in skills and guidance. And one key to success in addressing this common challenge is through   European Commission (DG EMPL). The network consists of Euroguidance Centres in  34 European
 exchanging experiences and approaches across borders, be it face-to-face or virtual in times of social   countries whose mission is to promote the European dimension in lifelong guidance as well as to
 distancing.     foster international learning mobility by means of guidance services. Its key target group is guidance
                 practitioners in education and employment among them counsellors who provide information and
 This new Highlights publication is testimony of the work of the Euroguidance Network, the national   guidance on international mobility to end-users seeking studying and training opportunities abroad.
 centres and their stakeholders in the area of guidance and mobility. 2019 saw further work on the
 competence development of guidance practitioners, as well as their Europe-wide learning mobility,   In 2019, the Euroguidance network implemented its “New Ways of Working” which had been adopted
 cross network co-operation, the exchange of good practices and information and the promotion of the   by all member states in 2018. The goal and the benefits of the new structure are addressed in the
 European dimension of lifelong guidance.  first chapters of this edition.
 As we look ahead to recovery from the economic and social impacts of Covid-19, (online) guidance and   The  Highlights  2019  delivers  insight  into  some  of  the  most  important  activities  the  individual
 digital skills throughout the workforce will be more needed than ever. Fresh thinking and cooperation   Euroguidance Centres carried out at national as well as at network level during the course of the year.
 on e-guidance and on digital approaches to guidance can be part of the answer, helping people reflect
 on and communicate their skills as they look for new opportunities in a very challenging labour market.   We hope that you, the reader, will truly benefit from the information provided and the examples of
                 the work undertaken.
 One milestone on the long path to recovery will be the launch of the new Europass, planned to go live
 in July 2020. In light of the current crisis, the Commission wants to ensure that Europass is available to
 support the many people who will face new labour market challenges, and will increasingly be turning   Thank you for opening
 to online tools such as Europass. Euroguidance centres have an important role in publishing learning
 opportunities on Europass and in the provision of guidance information at national level.  'Euroguidance Highlights 2019'
 Euroguidance centres have also contributed to the recent Commission study on lifelong guidance policy
 and practice in the EU, exploring trends, challenges and opportunities. As guidance and learning take   and enjoy the read!
 place in increasingly diverse settings, often with ICT becoming more embedded, the study suggests
 that a single practitioner, professional group or organisation will no longer be able to respond to the
 increasing need for support among very diverse user groups. More multi-professional and cross-sectoral
 networks will be needed, and Euroguidance centres are well placed to use their expertise to help create
 such networks.
 The European Commission welcomes
 the  commitment  and  expertise  of
 the Euroguidance network. As a key
 actor in the area of lifelong guidance,
 actively developing and sharing good
 practices on the competence deve-
 lopment of guidance professionals,
 Euroguidance is well placed to con-
 tribute to Europe’s path to recovery.
 We look forward to continued close
 collaboration and good results in
 2020 and beyond.

 Alison Crabb, Head of Unit Skills
 and Qualifications, DG Employment,
 Social Affairs and Inclusion,
 European Commission  © OeAD-GmbH/APA-Fotoservice/Hörmandinger

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