GOAL Closing Conference  

"Guidance and counselling for low educated adults: from practice to policy"
17-18 January 2018, Egmont Palace, Brussels

Full Programme

Moderation by Dr. Jenny Litster

   Day 1, 17 January 2018

9.00-9.30 - Registration and coffee


9.30-12.10 - Morning Sessions

  • 9.30 - 9.40: Opening: Koen Pelleriaux, General Director, Department of Education and Training, Flemish Government 
  • 9.40 - 10.10: Keynote: Educational Opportunity for All: overcoming Inequality throughout the Life Course – Dirk Van Damme, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, Head of Division.
  • 10.10 - 10.40: Keynote: Lifelong learning in European policy perspective – Dana Bachmann, Head of Unit Vocational Training, Apprenticeships and Adult Education; DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.

10.10 - 11.10 Coffee Break

  • 11.10 - 11.40: Presentation: Participation of low educated adults to lifelong learning – Ellen Boeren, Institute for Education, Community and Society (IECS), University of Edinburgh
  • 11.40 - 12.10: Presentation: Lifelong guidance for adult learners in European Perspective – Raimo Vuorinen, Ph.D. Adjunct associate professor, Lifelong Guidance Research team, Finnish Institute for Educational Research; former coordinator of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELPGN)

12.10- 13.10 - Lunch Break


13.10-16.40 - Afternoon Sessions

  • 13.10 - 13.30: Introduction to project GOAL – Nadia Reynders, project coordinator GOAL, Department of Education and Training, Flemish Government
  • 13.30 - 14.30: Presentation of the GOAL evaluation results – JD Carpentieri, evaluation coordinator GOAL, UCL Institute of Education, London.
        14.30 - 15.00: Coffee Break

  • 15.00 - 15.45: Break out session I

  • 15.55 - 16.40: Break out session II

    2 break-out sessions to choose from:
  1. Policy Recommendations: this session concentrates on policy issues that have affected GOAL and are likely to affect similar future services as well as on the messages that derived from the GOAL experimentation for future policy development. We’ll focus on country specific examples.
  2. A guidance service for low-educated adults: in this session we will highlight different
    aspects of the GOAL service and its outcomes: users, guidance approaches, guidance tools, counsellor competences and quality of guidance. Models and good ractices from GOAL countries are presented to show how a GOAL service or similar future programmes should be (further) developed.
  3. Partnerships & Networks: participants of this session learn how partnerships and collaboration with organisations were established or strengthened to reach out to the target group of low educated adults. Questions will be answered such as: which partners are relevant and why? How to establish and maintain networks? Why are well functioning networks critical to the success of GOAL?

16.40-18.00 - Networking Reception (registered guests only)

   Day 2, 18 January 2018

08.30-9.00 - Registration and Coffee


9.00-12.00 - Morning Sessions

  • 9.00 - 9.20: Opening and report from the parallel sessions on day 1
  • 9.20 - 10.00: Presentation: Towards the unlearning society? Participation, spurious choice and the narrowing adult curriculum  John Holford, Robert Peers Professor of Adult Education, University of Nottingham and coordinator of the Horizon 2020 research project, ENLIVEN
  • 10.00 - 10.10: Tesimonials from project GOAL

10.10 - 10.30 Coffee Break

  • 10.30 - 11.40 Panel Debate: "The role of adult guidance in increasing participation of low educated adults in lifelong learning"
    • John Holford, Professor of Adult Education, University of Nottingham
    • Martina Ni Cheallaigh, Senior Expert - Skills, VET and Adult Learning policies, European Commission.
    • Steinunn Björk Jónatansdóttir, MSS - Project GOAL guidance counsellor from Iceland
    • Ema Perme, Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
    • JD Carpentieri, UCL Institute of Education, project GOAL evaluator
  • 11.40 - 11.45 Video message by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
  • 11.45 - 11.50 Closing Remarks by Dr. Jenny Litster, Moderator

12.00-13.00 - Networking lunch (registered guests only)