The host organisation, Het Beroepenhuis, is the initiative in focus in Belgium. The initiative is described below.

The case study focuses on career guidance and counselling in Belgium. As education and labour market policies are largely regional competences, the case study is situated in the regional context of Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium.

After a long period of stagnation following the economic crisis of 2008 the Flemish labour market is showing signs of improvement with slightly increasing employment and a decreasing unemployment rate. Important priorities for active labour market policies are increasing the employment rate of older workers and reinforce labour market opportunities for people with a migrant background. Although the overall performance of the educational system is considered to be good, there are important challenges in the field of reducing early school leavers, reducing skills mismatches and reforming the educational system (EC, 2015).

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