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The Academia network offers training opportunities for guidance practitioners in European countries. The HdBA in the partnership with Academia Network gives the participants a chance to get to know the guidance system and guidance practices in Germany.

Every year guidance practitioners  take part in Academia exchanges. The exchanges are usually conducted as a member of a group of approx. 10 guidance practitioners from all over Europe.

The exchanges last 1 week between February and May.

Working languages of the exchanges is German

The participants will gain an insight into the practical aspects of the programme degrees at the University of Applied Labour Studies of the Federal Employment Agency in Germany (HdBA). They also get acquainted with the different methods and concepts of career guidance and career placement offered by the HdBA. The participants will be also presented the practical implementation of the career theories by visiting a Federal Employment Agency as well as vocational training units.


Goals and themes of the training
Usually the Academia week consists of visits to organisations providing guidance and counselling services, group discussions, lectures and job shadowing of guidance practitioners. The exchanges can also focus on a certain theme. For example:

  • prevention of drop-outs
  • pathways to higher education
  • transition from training into employment
  • guidance in higher education
  • validation of informal learning
  • e-counselling, etc.

The goals of the Academia exchanges are:

Promoting of best practice exchange between guidance practitioners.
Enabling  networking between European guidance practitioners.

How to apply?
Interested applicants apply the grant from an organization coordinating Academia-exchanges in their own country. Application period is annually in October.

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