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Career Management Skills – A new ‘Literacy’ for Sustainable Employment

Dramatic changes in work structures and social organisation have occurred that are placing demands on adults to rethink their careers on an on-going basis. Although traditional career guidance is still relevant and important as a school-based or institution-based service, it is rather unsuitable to meet the needs of adults already in the workforce who increasingly should take control of their own career trajectory.

Nowadays, career management skills can be seen as ‘labour market literacy’. The Career Management Skills Framework for Scotland (2012) describes career management skills set around four themes of Self, Strengths, Horizons and Networks. This framework is the basis for the ACUMEN project which provides new resources that address each of the above themes and support adults within the workforce or those seeking employment to identify an appropriate career progression pathway in Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the UK.

The ACUMEN project offers:

  • a model of provision to suit the learning-on-demand and learning-on-the-go expectations of today’s workforce and of adults’ learning needs and preferences;
  • a range of educational materials and tools that function in all education settings and on all on-line and mobile devices and
  • appropriate in-service training for adult education professionals.
EU-Program: Erasmus+, KA2, Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Coordination: European Learning Network Ltd (UK)
Contact: Karin Kronika
Duration: September 2016 – August 2018

This project (project n° 2016-1-UK01-KA204-024334) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.