ERIC Number: ED315641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Single European Market and Its Implications for Educational and Vocational Guidance Services. CRAC Occasional Paper.
Banks, J. A. G.; And Others
By 1992, the Single or Common Market in Europe will provide freedom of movement of goods, persons, services, and capital. From the viewpoint of educational and vocational guidance services, the most important effect of the Single Market is its likely impact on educational and occupational mobility. The two major obstacles toward freedom of movement within the European community that remain are nonrecognition of qualifications from one member state to another and inadequate mastery of foreign languages. Two major education and training programs, COMETT and ERASMUS, have been established by the European Community. COMETT provided funds for the development of university-industry partnerships nationally and transnationally, and for a range of exchanges, joint projects, and joint development work designed to promote gradual Europeanization of university-level technical training. The aim of ERASMUS is to ensure that all students in higher education are able to study for part of their course in another member state. A new program, LINGUA, has been adopted to improve the qualifications and competence of modern language teachers, develop interuniversity cooperation in modern language teaching, and support the development of modern language learning in firms. The following are three practical implications of these trends for educational and vocational guidance services: (1) the need for extended information on educational and occupational opportunities across the European community; (2) the need for improved support services for those who move across national boundaries; and (3) the raising of expectations for guidance services in countries where they are currently ill developed. (Initiatives are described and six references are included in the document.) (CML)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Careers Research and Advisory Centre, Cambridge (England).