Counsellors’ Study and Training Exchange Programme for Key Challenges of European Labour Markets and Societies


This project is developed as part of the programme ERASMUS+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education


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Project period: 01/12/2018 – 31/08/2021


Academia+ brings together two perspectives: 

  • to support and consolidate the exchange and transnational training of counsellors in Europe and
  • to focus on the development of training programmes to address current key challenges in labour market and counselling.

Academia+ facilitates transitions between training and the world of work, as well as between different jobs and  different countries.

Academia+ enabled the exchange of country specific counselling and guidance methods relating to socio-economic and political issues.

The Academia+ project addressed the Europe 2020 target to integrate 75% of people aged 20-64 into the labour market. In 2016 the average employment rate in the 28 EU countries has reached 71.1%. The average rate differs in each country. The project helps to raise the profile of international cooperation within guidance by providing concrete tools, support and resources which demonstrate the value of mobility and transnational learning for professionals, and so helps to increase the uptake of opportunities in different countries.

Academia+ supports the provision of better services and guidance on skills and qualifications by focusing on the development of training programmes that address urgent issues and current key challenges in the labour market and career counselling. The topics for the three counsellors’ study and Training Exchange Programmes (C-STEP) were chosen according to their importance for the current labour market:

  • Counselling migrants and refugees
  • Future jobs
  • Demographic change