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The International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP) and Skills Norway (now: The Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills), held the 9th international symposia on career development and public policy in June 2019.

Recently edited : 11. April 2024



Leading career development services into an uncertain future: Ensuring access, integration and innovation

The symposium of 2019 will focus on exploring how the world in which individuals are pursuing their careers is changing and how people across the world are able to get support to develop their careers. It will also look at how governments organise career development support and connect them to wider policy aims and to other support services. Finally, it will explore the future of career development and ask how the field can be more innovative.

The symposium will focus on these four themes:

  • Theme #1 Context and challenges for career development policy
  • Theme #2 Aims for, and access to, career development
  • Theme #3 Integrating career development into wider society
  • Theme #4 Leading innovative change for the future

In advance of the symposium all attending countries are asked to produce a country paper setting out the key issues for their countries in relation to the four themes of the conference.

Communiqué 2019

Leading career development services into an uncertain future: Ensuring access, integration and innovation


Career is the individual's path through life, learning and work. How people live their lives, build their skills, care for their families and work in the labour market has implications for society and the economy. Because of this governments, societies, employers and educational organisations have an interest in supporting people to build good, productive and meaningful careers. Citizens who can effectively manage their careers are better placed to respond to changes in the labour market, develop their skills and contribute to society and the economy.

The issue of how governments can support citizens to build fulfilling careers was the focus of the ninth International Symposium for Career Development and Public Policy in Tromsø, Norway on 17th-20th June 2019. During the Symposium representatives from 33 countries and from UNESCO, the OECD, European Commission, European Training Foundation and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, dialogued and identified a range of effective policies and practices. These discussions are summarised in this Communiqué.

Download the Communiqué in different languages:

Recommendations, Introduction and Theme

Synthesis papers

Country and Organization Paper

Here you can download the Country Paper Template. If you represent an organization, use the Organization Paper Template. Read the presentation of the four themes before you prepare the Country Paper.

Country paper