The Step (De Stap, Gent)

Topunt vzw is a collaboration initiative of different Centers for Student Guidance to provide independent guidance and counselling services to adults, called ‘the Stap’ (the Step).

Role in the project:

Responsible for carrying out field trials in the city of Ghent:

  • coordination of the field trials,
  • setting up and maintaining a network of stakeholders to reach specific target groups,
  • providing information,
  • develop tools and methods for guidance,
  • guidance and counselling to low skilled adults (unqualified secondary school leavers),
  • develop a competence profile of counsellors,
  • organise and carry out outreach guidance sessions,
  • exchange of good practices and expertise with the Learning shop in West-Flanders
  • provide input for exchange of good practices internationally,
  • provide input for evaluation and support local and international evaluation team

Topunt vzw is a collaboration initiative of different Centers for Student Guidance to provide independent guidance and counselling services to adults, called ‘the Stap’ (the Step). The Stap provides information and guidance on adult education and is an independent regional support initiative of the Centers for Student guidance in Ghent financially supported by the City of Ghent, the Province of East Flanders, the Flemish Employment Agency,… Word Wijs! (Get Smart!) is a project of the Stap in which unqualified young adults between 18 and 25 years old are being coached in obtaining their diploma of secondary education or another qualification.

In the GOAL project the existing services will be optimized and extended to reach young adults mostly in need of a qualification. In order to realize this collaboration structures will be set up and tried out to optimize the service and different guidance methods will be tested linking them to the outcomes of service users.