A catalyst for national level initiatives and policy actions

Since 1999, the International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy have served as catalysts for national level initiatives and career guidance policy actions. The symposia have inspired international reviews of policies for career guidance undertaken by the OECD, World Bank, ETF and CEDEFOP, and the creation of international benchmarks against which countries have compared their own policies and systems.

The symposia offer participants the opportunity to share ideas, analyse contemporary challenges to career development systems, and develop new thinking. Participating gives an opportunity to engage in powerful, detailed discussions with career guidance policy developers, leaders, and researchers from all over the world.

The event in Tromsø is the 9th International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy taking place. Previous ICCDPP symposia has taken place in:

2017 South Korea: Career Development: At the Crossroads towards Relevance and Impact.
The Communiqué 

2015 USA: Building the talent pipeline and providing youth with hope for the future
The Communiqué 

2011 Hungary
The Communiqué

2009 New Zealand: Technology, Culture, Evidence, and Citizen Voice: Implications for Career Development Policies, Strategies and Operations
The Communiqué 

2007 United Kingdom: Growth, Groups and Geographies: Maximising the Value of Career Development for Sustainable Growth and Social Equity
The Communiqué 

2006 Australia: Shaping the future: Connecting career development and workforce development
The Communiqué 

2001 Canada: Connecting Career Development with Public Policy

About the symposium in Tromsø:

The invited country teams will prepare a country paper focusing on the four themes. Based on an analysis of these country papers, four thematic synthesis papers are prepared by international experts. The synthesis papers provide essential background for participating countries and are to be reviewed prior to the symposium. They will inform the round-table discussions that take place at the symposium. Each of the four themes will be introduced by catalyst speakers. At the end of the symposium, a national action plan will be prepared by the country team. A "Communiqué 2019" that draws together international good practice identified at the symposium will also be prepared and published.