NCDA and ELGPN Connect to Lifelong Guidance: Budapest to Boston

By Raimo Vuorinen and Rich Feller

The International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy (Budapest, 5-7 December 2011) invited the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, ELGPN to strengthen links between European Union member-states and parallel international initiatives in lifelong guidance policy development. The strong collaborative structures and processes within ELGPN could be enriched by practices from countries outside Europe, for mutual benefit; such links could include, but extend beyond, global sharing of ELGPN publications and tools – recognising that good practice is based on sharing learning, not importing models.


During the centennial celebration of the National Career Development Association in Boston 2013, the ELGPN Co-ordinator, Dr. Raimo Vuorinen congratulated NCDA by sharing the European Resource Kit with Dr. Rich Feller, NCDA President. This European Resource Kit is designed to help policy-makers and other stakeholders review existing lifelong guidance provisions within their country or region, and to identify issues and practice gaps needing to be filled, drawing from practices in other European countries. Lifelong guidance covers all activities designed to help individuals, at any point in their lives, to make educational, training and occupational choices and to manage their careers. The Resource Kit is based on the four key themes identified in the 2004 and 2008 EU Resolutions:

  • Career management skills.
  • Access, including accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).
  • Co-operation and co-ordination mechanisms in guidance policy and systems development.
  • Quality assurance and evidence base for policy and systems development.

 Click hereto view the European Resource Kit (pdf)


The Resource Kit has been developed by members of the ELGPN. Different language versions of it are available alongside with the other ELGPN products on the Network website The ELGPN represents a major development in support of national lifelong guidance policy development in Europe. It currently has 31 member countries (AT, BG, BE, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LV, LT, LU, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR, UK), with one additional country as an observer (CH). The participating countries designate their representatives in the network, and are encouraged to include both governmental and non-governmental representatives.


Further details about this Resource Kit are available in the ELGPN website.


Vuorinen & Feller 2013 

Dr Raimo Vuorinen, Finnish Institute for Educational Resea

Dr. Rich Feller, NCDA President 2012-13



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