Educational and vocational guidance is primarily targeted at young people until the age of 25 but also concerns services for adults wishing to enter a higher education programme
There are four different types of guidance centres:
- Youth guidance centres with the responsibility for guidance regarding the transition from lower secondary school to youth education and for contacting young people who have not completed upper secondary or vocational training with offers of guidance.
- Centres for Adult Education and Continuing Training (VEU-centre) offer guidance related to a wide range of education programmes for adults, including courses at lower and upper secondary level and highly specialized continuing vocational training courses (AMU).
- eGuidance is for everyone looking for information about education and employment. See below for details.
- Regional guidance centres with the responsibility for guidance regarding the transition from youth education to higher education (from 2011 within the purview of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education). Read more about Regional Guidance Centres (pdf)
The Ministry of Education manages a national guidance portal.
UddannelsesGuiden (the Education Guide) provides information on:
- Education and training opportunities at all levels
- Labour market conditions and statistics
- Study programmes taught in English at Danish colleges and universities
Other features include an electronic career planning tool and a section containing an electronic news service, a quarterly journal and various resources, especially aimed at guidance practitioners.
eGuidance provides individual and personal guidance to all citizens via various communication channels:
eGuidance is for everyone looking for information about education and employment and may also refer users to other guidance tools (www.ug.dk) and institutions for further guidance.
eGuidance is especially targeted at resourced young persons and their parents, giving easy access to independent information and guidance and thus motivating them to continue the search and clarification process on their own.
eGuidance plays a central role as a guide to the national guidance portal, communicator of guidance information etc.
The users can contact eGuidance both during daytime and in the evenings as well as on the weekends.
Training Programmes for guidance practitioners
The guidance practitioners are qualified via a one-year modular common training programme at diploma level for guidance practitioners across sectors, a one-year Master of Education programme in guidance counselling or via documentation through assessment and recognition of prior learning of possessing the required qualifications.
Research Centres and the national Dialogue Forum
There are two research centres for guidance: Knowledge Centre for Guidance and Research Centre for Guidance in Education and Career. The Knowledge Centre for Guidance is located in the Education Guide (Uddannelsesguiden), while the Research Centre for Guidance in Education and Career is part of University College Capital and VIA University College.
The Minister of Education has established a National Dialogue Forum on Guidance in order to ensure a close dialogue between the Minister and relevant organisations, institutions, guidance counsellor associations, end users and individuals holding a leading position in the field of guidance. Read more about the National Dialogue Forum.
International cooperation and compliance with international guidelines
The Division for Guidance in the Danish Ministry of Education is actively involved in international cooperation in the field of guidance, and the main aims and elements of the Danish guidance reform are in line with the EU Resolution on Lifelong Guidance and with EU and OECD recommendations on guidance policies and practices.