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Guidance throughout life

Throughout their lives people have to manage periods of change whether through choice or circumstance. These periods constitute in practical terms transitions from school to school, school to unemployment, school to employment, employment to unemployment, and unemployment to employment as well as employment to employment.

Transitions always lead to questions of varying degrees of difficulty about the direction your career is taking. When building a career, guidance serves as a tool to optimise training pathways and improve access to employment for young people, as well as facilitate the professional mobility of adults and career change during working life.

It is a case of letting individuals make their own choices while supporting them through each period of change. In order to do this they need to be equipped with the right tools, starting by defining the skills that they need to possess or acquire for each period of life, from youth to retirement.

House of Guidance (Maison de l'Orientation)

Educational and vocational guidance services under one roof

In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Guidance Forum (FORUM Orientation), which is made up of stakeholders in the field including ministries, social partners, stakeholders on the ground and from the world of education and training, has adopted the following definition of guidance:

"Guidance refers to a series of activities that enable the citizen, at any time in his/her life,

  • to identify his/her abilities, skills and interests,
  • to make informed decisions as regards his/her studies and training choices as well as his/her professional activities,

with the shared goal of fostering personal fulfilment and the development of society."

It was with this in mind that the House of Guidance was created in 2012. It brings the educational and vocational guidance services together under one roof; these include:

  • Psycho-social and Educational Accompaniment Centre (Centre psycho-social et accompagnement scolaires - CPAS)
  • Local Action for Youth (Action locale pour jeunes - ALJ)
  • National Youth Service (Service National de la Jeunesse - SNJ)
  • Department for Schooling of Foreign Children (Service de scolarité des enfants étrangers - SECAM)
  • ADEM's Vocational Guidance Service (Service d'orientation professionnelle de l'ADEM - ADEM-OP)


Other partners, including the Higher Education Documentation and Information Centre (Centre de Documentation et d'Information sur l'Enseignement Supérieur - CEDIES) and the Studies and Student Life Service (Service des Etudes et de la Vie Etudiante - SEVE) collaborate closely with the various departments of the House of Guidance.

Everyday management and coordination at the House of Guidance falls within the remit of the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth; they have been entrusted to a Coordination Department.

Educational guidance

Psycho-social and educational mentoring

The Psycho-social and Educational Accompaniment Centre (Centre psycho-social et accompagnement scolaires - CPAS) aims to provide young people with the methods and knowledge enabling them to develop their ability to be responsible and independent, and to teach them self-guidance so that they become responsible for building their own personal and career plans.

After a structured analysis, the CPAS proposes psychological, social and/or educational consultations.
The specific feature of this work is above all the identification of the young people's resources and needs.

The CPAS accompanies young people in an active consideration of their skills, preferences and aspirations:

  • Several sessions of interviews and testing
  • Development of a personal and professional project
  • Involvement in making an enlightened choice of measures and programmes to be set up at the appropriate time, according to predefined aims

When should you come?

To give yourself the resources for handling a transition to best advantage, to give yourself confidence in deciding on guidance, to change career, to learn to know and assess yourself, to find out about training courses, etc.

Who is it for?

  • Teenagers
  • Young adults
  • Parents/guardians

The CPAS also serves as a centre for psycho-social resources for secondary schools, and is open to members of the school community:

  • to expand their range of methods and tools
  • to give them the means of increasing the impact of their actions
  • to provide intellectual and emotional resources
  • to maintain and build effective, good professional relationships
The CPAS coordinates the activities of the Psycho-social and Educational Accompaniment Services in secondary schools, and cooperates actively with the various departments of the House of Guidance.
The CPAS is answerable to the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth.

Testimonial
"We play a real role in providing accompaniment, support, and encouragement."
Ms Valérie Lecoq-Thieltgen
CPAS-Centre psycho-social et accompagnement scolaires
Maison de l'Orientation
58 Boulevard Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
L-1330 Luxembourg City

+352 247 75910
info@cpas.public.lu
www.cpas.lu



Individual mentoring

The purpose of the Local Action for Youth (Action locale pour jeunes - ALJ) is to create a framework in which young adults can find the conditions necessary to succeed in their transition from school to working life, and integrate a stable educational and professional life.

The ALJ provides individual mentoring to help achieve career and educational plans.

In order to be in proximity to young people and to facilitate their access to the multiple services offered, the ALJ has reception offices near the technical secondary schools in Wiltz, Ettelbruck, Mersch, Redange-sur-Attert, Junglinster, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg, Differdange, Dudelange and Esch-sur-Alzette.

Following a recently adopted legislation, the ALJ has been incorporated in the National Youth Service (SNJ).

ALJ-Action locale pour jeunes
Maison de l'Orientation
58 Boulevard Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
L-1330 Luxembourg City

+352 247 75942/ -75943/ -75944
alj-lux@education.lu
www.alj.lu
Youth Volunteer Service (Service volontaire des jeunes - SVJ)

The National Youth Service (Service National de la Jeunesse - SNJ) was created with the aim of supporting and aiding work with young people in Luxembourg. It is made up of six units, including the 'Transition' unit which is responsible for all projects targeted at young people in a period of transition between educational and working life.

The unit is active in the following areas:
  • supervision of young people involved in a Voluntary Guidance Service (Service volontaire d’orientation - SVO); which enables young people to learn through practical experience,
  • supervision of young people who have left the school system with no qualifications, providing support for their professional integration,
  • easing the transition of young people moving towards working life by supporting them as they develop their independence.
The SNJ is a public administration under the authority of the Ministry responsible for youth, and has five regional branches where it implements its actions, based in Luxembourg City, Grevenmacher, Diekirch, Rumelange and Pétange.
SNJ-Service National de la Jeunesse
Maison de l'Orientation
58 Boulevard Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
L-1330 Luxembourg City

+352 247 86481/ -86480
secretariat.transitions
@snj.etat.lu

www.snj.public.lu
Newly arrived pupils
The Department for Schooling of Foreign Children (Le Service de la scolarité des enfants étrangers - SECAM) is for young people between the ages of 12 and 24 who have recently moved to the Grand Duchy and wish to enter the school system to continue their studies.

The SECAM also provides assistance to teachers, and intercultural mediation.

SECAM-Service de scolarité des enfants étrangers
Maison de l'Orientation
58 Boulevard Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
L-1330 Luxembourg City

+352 247 85207/ -85277
eliane.kettels@men.lu
Higher education

The Higher Education Documentation and Information Centre (Centre de Documentation et d'Information sur l'Enseignement Supérieur - CEDIES) is a service for pupils, students and anyone seeking information and advice on higher education in Luxembourg and abroad, and on subsequent professions, student life, distance learning and part-time study.

CEDIES's other responsibility is to manage financial support from the State.

CEDIES is part of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research's higher education department.

CEDIES-Centre de Documentation et d'Information sur l'Enseignement Supérieur
18-20 Montée de la Pétrusse
L-2327 Luxembourg City

+352 247 88650
info@cedies.public.lu
www.cedies.public.lu
University education
The Studies and Student Life Service (Service des Etudes et de la Vie Etudiante - SEVE) provides students with information on the various university studies and programmes offered by the University of Luxembourg, and provides career advice.
University of Luxembourg
SEVE-Service des Etudes et de la Vie Etudiante
Belval Campus
Maison du Savoir - 5th floor
2 Avenue de l’Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

For bachelor and master degrees:
+352 46 66 44 6610
For doctoral studies:
+352 46 66 44 6312
For career advice
+352 46 66 44 6686
seve.infos@uni.lu
wwwfr.uni.lu/etudiants/bureau_d_accueil
'anelo.lu' project

The Coordination Service at the House of Guidance works on the anelo.lu project in collaboration with the SNJ, the CPAS, the CEDIES, the ADEM vocational guidance service (ADEM-OP), the professional chambers and a number of specialized associations.

This project combines websites and actions on the ground:
  • anelo.lu website,
  • beruffer.anelo.lu website,
  • entretien.anelo.lu website,
  • jobcity.anelo.lu website,
Information website for young people
www.anelo.lu

Vocational guidance website with information on jobs and training courses
beruffer.anelo.lu

Information website on recruitment interviews
entretien.anelo.lu

Website for the playful discovery of jobs
jobcity.anelo.lu

Vocational guidance

Vocational guidance is for:

  • all young people facing a professional or academic decision,
  • adults choosing initial or continuous training or wishing to make a career change.

Guidance
The purpose of the ADEM's Vocational Guidance Service is to help young people and adults with their career choices, so that they can work productively and so that they are fulfilled; their choice should both foster individual development and meet the professional needs of the community.

Young people and adults are offered guidance interviews to provide them with information about jobs/professions, and initial and adult apprenticeship placements.

Young people from all types of educational background and working adults may seek advice from their vocational guidance counsellor from the Vocational Guidance Service, which focuses primarily on candidates' interests, aptitudes and abilities.
ADEM-Agence pour le Développement de l’Emploi
Services d'orientation professionnelle (ADEM-OP)

Maison de l'Orientation
58 Boulevard Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
L-1330 Luxembourg City
Tel. +352 247 85480
+352 247 85387
Info.op@Adem.public.lu
www.Adem.public.lu


Maison de l'Orientation 'Beim Park'
7 Avenue de la Gare
L-9233 Diekirch
Tel. +352 247 65430


Belval Agency
1 Boulevard Porte de France
L-4360 Esch-sur-Alzette
Tel. +352 247 75411

Information
The Vocational Information Centre (Beruffsinformatiouns-Zentrum - BIZ) is part of the ADEM's Vocational Guidance Service.

The BIZ offers pupils in all types of education and adults needing to choose initial or continuous training or considering a change in career or employment a wide range of media to consult themselves, free of charge, as often as they like.

Vocational guidance sessions are held for school groups.

BIZ-Beruffsinformatiouns-Zentrum
Service d'orientation professionnelle de l'ADEM (ADEM-OP)

Maison de l'Orientation
58 Boulevard Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
L-1330 Luxembourg City
Tel. +352 247 85480
+352 247 85387
Info.op@Adem.public.lu
www.Adem.public.lu


Maison de l'Orientation 'Beim Park'
7 Avenue de la Gare
L-9233 Diekirch
Tel. +352 247 65430


Belval Agency
1 Boulevard Porte de France
L-4360 Esch-sur-Alzette
Tel. +352 247 75411

 

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