A strategic partnership

The Keway partnership is composed of 5 organisations from 4 countries: Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece. The project partner organizations (private and public) provide research, training, and services in the field of education, guidance and the labour market. Partners have been chosen based upon their expertise in the field of academic and career guidance as well as their experience with projects related to quality, evidence and competencies.

DEP Institut

Country: Spain  (Barcelona).

Description: DEP Institut is an organization specialised in strategic, sociologic and marketing research and information in the field of education, training and work with more than 15 years of experience working at the local, regional, state and European levels.

Aim and activities: Its aim is to support enterprises, public institutions and non-profit organizations in their decision-making processes. Always from the perspective of applied sociology, DEP Institut’s multidisciplinary team of professionals focuses on people and their different roles in society: citizens, users, students, workers, etc. Beyond its original activity, DEP Institut also constitutes the driving force for different Internet-based and editorial projects in the fields of education, training and work. We have to emphasize, which has become the leading Spanish portal within the field of academic and professional information and guidance.

ISON Psychometrica

Country: Greece (Athens).

Description: ISON Psychometrica was created in 1991 and was the first organisation to provide scientific career orientation services in Greece.

Aim and activities: Its aim is to help people and organizations succeed, feel safe upgrading their knowledge and abilities in order to make the best decisions and improve their behaviour and performance for themselves and other people. ISON’s main activities are: business administration, career counselling, European programs, development of diagnostic tools, research & studies and training. Its work groups consist of scientists specialized in various fields of Psychology, Counselling, Marketing, Information Technology and Business Administration, with significant experience in Greece and abroad.

ISON works closely with IEPAS, the National Centre of Vocational Orientation, the Educational Institute, the Greek Manpower Employment Organization, the Career Offices of Universities, Right Management Consultants, the European Management Association, the Harvard University, the Oxford Psychological Press, Organizzazioni Speciali and Psychological Assessment Resources. ISON represents in Greece the Career Firms International and is an active member of the International Association for Educational & Career Guidance and the International Coach Federation and has the exclusive rights in providing the Institute’s for Personality and Ability Tests and the University of Minnesota psychometric tests.

University of Applied Labour Studies (HdBA)

Country: Germany (Mannheim).

Description:  The University of Applied Labour Studies of the Federal Employment Agency (HdBA) is a state-approved University of applied labour science. It was founded in 2006 by the Federal Employment Agency , Germany`s largest provider of labour market services.

Aim and activities: Its main aims are education and training, and research on the fields of career counseling and guidance, job and training placement and other labour market related topics. Apart from offering bachelor degree courses with a unique multidisciplinary combination of courses in economics, social sciences and law, the HdBA is focusing on research and has been involved in research on national and International level. Moreover, the HdBA offers in-service training for employees of the Federal Employment Agency and other stakeholders in the field of labour market, vocational and educational training and career counseling.

HdBA has a multidisciplinary team that pools the expertise and high scientific competence of a team of 33 professors from the fields of social sciences, economics, and law.

Centro Studi Pluriversum

Country: Italy (Siena).

Description: Centro Studi Pluriversum (CSP) is an Italian private company engaged in the field of career education and career counselling, which has been providing services and managing projects within the PES system in several Italian Provinces for more than 10 years, a lot of these projects being addressed to young people and students in transitions between different systems.

Aim and activities: CSP was created in Siena in 1997 with the goal of offering innovative services and expert advice to public bodies, organisation and companies, to meet the needs of career guidance and professional training of citizens. The company is specialized in planning and managing innovative projects in the field of education, guidance and employment policies, in developing training models for guidance counsellors as well as innovative tools and methodologies.

Besides, CSP has participated in actions, at national and international level, on ICT for career guidance and for practitioners training (such as ICTSKILLS2, Ergo in Net, Career Guidelines, JOBTRIBU and the development of the career guidance software S.OR.PRENDO Italia, etc.).

Diputació de Barcelona

Country: Spain (Barcelona).

Description: The Barcelona Provincial Council (Diputació de Barcelona) is an intermediate local authority, which operates in the province of Barcelona. The province territorial area covers 24% of the total area of the region of Catalonia and it has 5.5 million inhabitants (74.4€ of Catalonia’s total population). There are 311 heterogeneous municipalities, which range from expanded urban areas to almost 200 villages with less than 5,000 inhabitants.

Aim and activities: Its objective is to ensure the provision of municipal services and to support the work of local government, with competences in coordination of municipal services, institutional representation, technical and economic assistance or provision of services of supramunicipal character.

In terms of guidance, the Barcelona Provincial Council established the Guidance Roundtable in 2013, a space of coordination between the fields of social welfare, education, youth and the labour market, leading to a transversal strategy within the institution. Meanwhile, the Management Education Services has launched the Guidance Pilot Scheme 2014-15 in support of educational transitions in order to establish a strategy against early school leaving that supports, through a series of projects, municipal action in promoting guidance services and resources that facilitate educational transitions and accompany people in their careers throughout life.