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

The project is developed in order of the program ERASMUS+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education

Project reference No.:

2018-1-DE02-KA202-005117

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 between different countries. 

Academia+ will focus on exchanging experiences in counselling and guidance methods which are related to special socio-economic and political terms in each country. 

Academia+ will provide Intellectual outputs: 3 one-weeks Counsellors´ Study and Training Exchange Programmes (IO1 , IO2, IO3 C-STEP).

IO1  aims at developing the didactical framework, the training (including training structure, training content, methods) and training resources for the counsellors study and training exchange programme (C-STEP) on the topic ‘Counselling migrants and refugees’ for a duration of one week.

IO2 aims at developing the didactical framework, the training (including training structure, training content, methods) and training resources for the study and training exchange programme 2 (C-STEP 2) on the topic ‘Future jobs’.

IO3  aims at developing the didactical framework, the training (including training structure, training content, methods) and training resources for the C-STEP 3 on the topic ‘Demographic Change’. 

IO4  Basing on the review of literature, media and resources and the units developed in O2 and O3, Output 4 focuses on providing complementary content, material and resources that will be made available at the Academia+ media centre as well as the interactive learning environment.

IO5 aims at developing, testing and implementing the project’s web portal that acts as a gateway and front end for the media centre (O4) through which the project’s main target groups can access the project’s main outputs and components.

The Academia+ project addresses amongst others the Europe 2020-target to integrate 75% of people aged 20–64 into the labour market. In 2016 the average rate in the European Union (28 countries) had reached 71.1%. The average rate differs in each country. The project will help 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 help to increase the uptake of opportunities in different countries.
By focusing on the development of training programmes to address urgent issues and current key challenges in labour market and counselling Academia+ supports provision of better services and guidance on skills and qualifications.
The first topics for the envisaged three Counsellors’ Study and Training Exchange Programmes (STEP) were chosen according to their importance for the current labour market :

  • Counselling migrants and refugees
  • Future jobs
  • Demographic change
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