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Belgium-French-Community:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

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Overview Belgium (French Community)

Contents

Belgium-French-Community:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Belgium-French-Community:Historical Development

Belgium-French-Community:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Belgium-French-Community:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Belgium-French-Community:Political and Economic Situation

Belgium-French-Community:Organisation and Governance

Belgium-French-Community:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Belgium-French-Community:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Belgium-French-Community:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Belgium-French-Community:Organisation of Private Education

Belgium-French-Community:National Qualifications Framework

Belgium-French-Community:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Belgium-French-Community:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Belgium-French-Community:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Belgium-French-Community:Funding in Education

Belgium-French-Community:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Belgium-French-Community:Higher Education Funding

Belgium-French-Community:Adult Education and Training Funding

Belgium-French-Community:Early Childhood Education and Care

Belgium-French-Community:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Belgium-French-Community:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Belgium-French-Community:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Belgium-French-Community:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Belgium-French-Community:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Belgium-French-Community:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Belgium-French-Community:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Belgium-French-Community:Primary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Organisation of Primary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Assessment in Primary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Belgium-French-Community:Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Belgium-French-Community:First Cycle Programmes

Belgium-French-Community:Bachelor

Belgium-French-Community:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:Second Cycle Programmes

Belgium-French-Community:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Belgium-French-Community:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Belgium-French-Community:Adult Education and Training

Belgium-French-Community:Distribution of Responsibilities

Belgium-French-Community:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Belgium-French-Community:Main Providers

Belgium-French-Community:Main Types of Provision

Belgium-French-Community:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Belgium-French-Community:Teachers and Education Staff

Belgium-French-Community:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Belgium-French-Community:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Belgium-French-Community:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Belgium-French-Community:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Belgium-French-Community:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Belgium-French-Community:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Belgium-French-Community:Management and Other Education Staff

Belgium-French-Community:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Belgium-French-Community:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Belgium-French-Community:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Belgium-French-Community:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Belgium-French-Community:Management Staff for Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Belgium-French-Community:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Belgium-French-Community:Quality Assurance

Belgium-French-Community:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Belgium-French-Community:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Belgium-French-Community:Educational Support and Guidance

Belgium-French-Community:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Belgium-French-Community:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Belgium-French-Community:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Belgium-French-Community:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Belgium-French-Community:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Belgium-French-Community:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Belgium-French-Community:Mobility and Internationalisation

Belgium-French-Community:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Belgium-French-Community:Mobility in Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Belgium-French-Community:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Belgium-French-Community:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Belgium-French-Community:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Belgium-French-Community:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Belgium-French-Community:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Belgium-French-Community:National Reforms in School Education

Belgium-French-Community:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Belgium-French-Community:National Reforms in Higher Education

Belgium-French-Community:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Belgium-French-Community:European Perspective

Belgium-French-Community:Legislation

Belgium-French-Community:Glossary

Services aimed primarily at job-seekers

In the Walloon Region

The role of the Walloon Public Service for Employment and Training or Forem is to meet the needs of its various clients as closely as possible: private individuals, companies and partners. In particular, its role is to facilitate the adaptation and integration of workers and job-seekers in the job market. One of Forem’s three general departments, Forem Conseil, gives private individuals support and information to help them find work.

Forem offers beneficiaries a personalised service: it guides them and helps them to formulate their employment plan and acquire vocational skills. In concrete terms, it offers tools, advice, vocational support and access to a network of partners, with the ultimate aim of finding employment.

The Employment Centres (MEs), Employment and Training Crossroads Centres and Employment Relay Centres are structures created in the Walloon Region to provide free support, information and advice to all in connection with seeking employment and training.

Twelve Employment and Training Crossroads Centres provide information and offer employment workshops aimed at young people who have just left school. These centres may be visited without an appointment. Among other things, it is possible to meet specialists there who provide information and advice about training and guidance, to use technological tools to facilitate the search for information and to make contacts in connection with the performance of a vocational project, and to consult extensive documentation relating among other things to employment and training vacancies.

The Employment Centres, which are the fruit of a partnership between Forem, the municipalities and the CPASs, are local structures (there are already over fifty of them). A team of advisers can provide advice and assistance with job-seeking. Information about jobs and training programmes is also available there.

Employment Relay Centres are set up in disadvantaged districts in several large cities in Wallonia in order to meet the need for local services as effectively as possible. These centres operate in the same way as the Employment Centres. In June 2011 there were four of them.

In addition, an online database (Formabanque) of training in the Walloon Region has been set up. This offers all users, especially workers (with or without work), company bosses and so on the opportunity to find out about and compare training products for adults, listed according to their specific priorities, e.g. location, duration, timetable, learning methods and tools, skills aimed at, etc.

In the Brussels-Capital Region

The French Community Commission (Cocof) has given Bruxelles Formation the task of providing job-seekers with information, support and guidance.

Bruxelles Formation Carrefour is the information and vocational training advice centre of Bruxelles Formation. Its goal is to inform and provide documentation and advice to job-seekers about training options in the Brussels-Capital Region, and in particular to present the training provision of Bruxelles Formation. A pleasant visitor area structured according to themes enables users to find documentation and information about training and education. The advisers at Bruxelles Formation Carrefour respond to all requests in the most appropriate way, taking all factors into account (age, duration of period of inactivity, basic qualifications, etc.). They provided specialised and in-depth information and advice about Bruxelles Formation and about training and jobs.

In addition to individualised advice, Bruxelles Formation Carrefour also performs a collective information role for groups which request such services. The centre hosts the following partners: social advancement education (since 1999), the SME training space (since 2006) and the employment resource space managed by Actiris (since 2007).

Comprehensive information about training, education and employment is available for the visitor.

Initiatives primarily intended for young people

There are also initiatives which are primarily intended for young people. Thus the Study and Career Information Service or SIEP is a pluralist non-profit organisation recognised as a youth organisation and information centre federation by the French Community  Youth Service and supported by the Walloon and Brussels-Capital Regions. SIEP has six regional information centres and three decentralised information points. It offers a variety of services for everyone (individual or collective interviews, guidance sessions, publications, multimedia tools, websites, fairs, information campaigns, etc.). Information is provided individually and documentation may be consulted free of charge.

The specific case of disabled people

Disabled people may use the services described above in the same way as those without any disability. They may also receive certain forms of specific assistance relating to educational or career guidance or psychological support.

The Walloon Agency for the Integration of Disabled People (AWIPH) for the Walloon Region, and the Brussels Service ‘Disabled Person Autonomy Sought’ (PHARE) may provide assistance to job-seekers with compiling a summary of their school and/or working career, exploring the employment market with its dead-ends and  its areas of potential, finding a specific training course and identifying its usefulness in the disability situation in question, and going on an exploratory internship (a week of immersion in a company to explore a job and the world of work).

As regards psychological support, AWIPH and PHARE can put job-seekers in touch with an inhouse psychologist to help them analyse their situation, gain a better understanding of their possibilities and chances of success in the achievement of their plans, find out what they could do to be more effective in the search for employment, take decisions and so on. Various non-profit organisations can also offer psychological support to disabled adults through the human contacts that they encourage and through the actions they perform to encourage the recognition of disabled people in society.

At the disabled person’s request, AWIPH and PHARE can get involved at different stages in his/her professional career to assess the situation and define a plan. Help may also be given to people who need to reorient their professional life following an accident or illness. Depending on the specific region and situation, it is possible to meet a professional integration adviser, to request the collaboration of a support service, to consult a careers guidance centre specialising in disabled people, etc.