HAMK and Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University create a career guidance counsellor training programme in Ukraine
A group of Ukrainian vice-rectors, deans and professors will visit Häme University of Applied Sciences in October to develop teacher training in the field of career guidance and counselling.
Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) has started cooperation with Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University in Kiev. The aim is to develop a 60 credit diploma degree in guidance counselling in Ukraine.
A group of 15 experts from the University of Kyiv will visit HAMK from 9 to 12 October 2023 to familiarise themselves with the training programme for career guidance counsellors at HAMK’s School of Professional Teacher Education and to start developing the competence framework and curriculum. They will also learn about the practices of study guidance, for example at the Tavastia Training Centre, the One-Stop-Guidance Centre and in primary school, and visit the Finnish National Agency for Education’s Euroguidance services. After the week of visits, HAMK will organise a serie of webinars to facilitate curriculum writing at Borys Grinchenko Kiev University.
Against the background of the New Ukrainian School Reform, which is reforming Ukraine’s education system and seeking the best models for organising education in the context of an integrating Europe. As part of the reform, the introduction of comprehensive study and career guidance at all levels of education is planned. The European Training Foundation (ETF) has recommended Ukraine to professionalise its guidance and counselling services by developing a competency framework for professionals and a standardised 60 credit education for career guidance counsellors. The model for guidance and counselling is benchamrked from Finland and HAMK, one of the five accredited providers of a career guidance counsellor qualification in Finland.
The aim of modern career guidance is to support children, young people, and adults in making independent and informed career choices. Furthermore, Ukraine is already looking at post-war reconstruction and the consequent need for individuals to define their place in society in order to promote their own and national well-being.
Senior Specialist, International RDI