At the end of June, the first of four specialist conferences on vocational and study orientation for secondary school teachers took place in Karlsruhe as part of the OLGA project. In the morning, around 100 participants were given several introductions by representatives of the Ministry of Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg and theMinistry of Culture before they were immersed in the topic of career and study orientation with impulse lecturesand in the afternoon worked intensively on it in one of five workshops offered.
In the course level of the Gymnasium - with the Abitur in mind - vocational and study orientation for pupils is gaining new importance. The 2016 Education Plan anchored this topic more intensively at the Gymnasium through the introduction of the guiding perspective "Vocational Orientation" and the subject "Business / Vocational and Study Orientation", which was established for the lower secondary level.
In order to continue the skills acquired in Sek I, the state government, together with the Baden-Württemberg Regional Directorate of the Federal Employment Agency, has developeda guide for vocational and study orientation for grammar schools.
At the all-day conference on 22nd June, which was planned by the Centre for Media Learning (ZML) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Regional Council of Karlsruhe andthe working groups from grammar school, industry and university, the focus was on the concrete implementation of the guidelines.
Conferences within the framework of the OLGA project
The symposium in Karlsruhe was one of four symposia in cooperation with the four regional councils of Baden-Württemberg - Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Stuttgart and Tübingen. In addition to professional inputs, general conditions and the practice-oriented exchange on the topic of career and study orientation in Sek II, the needs of teachers with regard to an extended career orientation competence were surveyed. The results of these participant surveys will be incorporated into the development of an online course on study orientation for teachers of secondary level II at grammar schools (OLGA), which will be developed in the course of the coming year. The OLGA project is also a component of the "Education Chains" initiative.