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Reorientation of cooperation between school and professional advice

Facilitations for the transition from school to profession
16 Oct 2017 | Press Release No. 21

The President of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK), Dr. Susanne Eisenmann, and the Chairman of the Board of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), Detlef Scheele, sign the new framework agreement on cooperation between school and professional advice. The aim is to make it easier for young people to move from school to work using intensive professional orientation and individual counselling on career options.

"Incorrect ideas about the professional world or their own abilities and interests are often reasons for starting difficulties, study or training abortions. For this reason, we have to accompany students early and continuously in their career selection process and to support them in reflecting their competencies and interests to be able to decide independently for a career path. Then they can take the step from school to an education, a study or a job. In this central task, school and vocational counselling work closely together", says this year's President of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports of Baden-Württemberg, Dr. Susanne Eisenmann.

Detlef Scheele adds: "The transition from school to work life is a decisive step for young people. Schools and vocational counselling are designed to accompany young people on the path of decision-making, which vocational training or study is right for them through preventive and coordinated support programs. This is the best way to avoid fractions in educational biographies. The signed agreement provides the framework for this and continues the many years of good cooperation."

The framework agreement envisages enhancing the effectiveness of cooperation between school and professional counselling through the application of joint action strategies. These are based on key points and recommendations; the resulting offers should systematically build on each other. Among other things, by increasing the use of modern means of communication, every single student should be able to use continuous counselling and monitoring. Irrespective of school background or social background, pupils should receive a wide range of professional orientation and information to be able to make a self-sufficient and reflective decision about their training or study.

To sensitise early in the educational biography for the topic of occupational orientation, practical experience such as workshop days or work placements and consulting offers are firmly anchored in the curricula. The agencies for work are increasingly active in schools and offer to counsel parents. KMK and BA recommend to the BA's countries and Regional Directorates to define or pursue specific projects for the implementation of the benchmarks in their own agreements.


The Standing Contact Commission "Kultusministerkonferenz/Bundesagentur für Arbeit" was established by the first framework agreement on the cooperation between school and professional counselling of 05.02.1971. The Contact Committee aims to ensure that the teaching authorities of the countries and the services of the Federal Agency for Labour inform each other about matters of common interest. This also includes the exchange of relevant decrees and announcements. The Contact Committee meets regularly in the one to a two-year cycle. The new framework agreement replaces the existing framework agreement dated 15.10.2004.