Nov, 2021

Career Guidance Stakeholders Platform 2021

08:00 am - 02:00 pm Virtual

 Accelerating Human Capital Development through Career Guidance under the QNV2030

Virtual Edition

 

Introduction

For more than a decade Qatar’s leadership has invested great efforts in transforming the country into an advanced society capable of achieving sustainable development by 2030. Research evidence suggests that the four pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030, addressing economic, social, human, and environmental development goals, are interrelated through the value that career guidance and development injects at both strategic and tactical levels. This impact enables stakeholders to respond to present and future challenges.

Career guidance is also known by other terms such as ‘career development’, ‘workforce development’, ‘professional orientation’, vocational guidance and counseling’, ‘lifelong guidance’, or ‘livelihood planning’ in different countries.

Career guidance is delivered face-to-face, at a distance or in a blended mode. Career Guidance includes a wide range of activities to support citizens to make educational and employment decisions and to manage their careers. This includes one-to-one consultation, group communications, experiential learning, and timely access to information on working life training and employment opportunities.

Career guidance is not an add-on in advanced countries. It is a continuous process and fundamental to the smooth transition of young people entering to further education and the world of work and to adults needing to upskill or to move within the labor market. Career guidance is a 21st-century phenomenon enabling societies to realize the full potential of citizens and adapt to the rapidly changing world of work.

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) has been an active contributor in maximizing the impact of career guidance on human capital development, as it is closely connected to governmental strategies and the aspirations of the citizens of Qatar. From 2015, QCDC has significantly raised awareness of the potential of career guidance in the nation, by initiating the Qatar Career Forum and in 2016 the Career Guidance Stakeholders Platform, an informal cross-organizational network in the area of career guidance. The overall purpose has been to encourage the engagement of all career guidance stakeholders in reflective processes on collaboration, innovation, exchange of knowledge, and research findings. This is to enable the advancement of best practices and further support of career guidance as a powerful means for personal, social, educational, and economic success of the youth in Qatar, in particular, and the Qatari society, in general.

The 2018 Career Guidance Stakeholders Platform was hosted by QCDC under the patronage of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, and in partnership with UNESCO and the Ministry of Education & Higher Education. The 2018 Platform succeeded in articulating the strategic importance of career guidance within and across ministry interests, the potential of inter-ministerial and cross-industries partnerships, and the design of a future national framework for career guidance, recognizing the demand for career guidance in Qatar as one key measure in reaching the priorities of the QNV2030. This has led to recognition, rethinking of guidance provision, and increased targeted investment in the field.

Evidence generated during the 2018 Career Guidance Stakeholders Platform edition highlight the importance of:

  • Engaging key stakeholders throughout the nation, such as ministries, employers, educators, and significant others to further support the realization of young citizens’ future aspirations.
  • Introducing career development policies, strategies, frameworks, and standards that act as a powerful means for realizing the potential of future Qatari human capital and labor market development.
  • Enabling Qatari citizens to develop and sustain opportunities for further growth and prosperity, by increasing career readiness for diversified pathways including STEAM-related careers.
  • Opening opportunities for all in education, upskilling, and employment, with attention to early inclusion of people with disabilities.
  • Examining any constraints connected to female employment and career progression.
  • Supporting parents and family members in encouraging their children to engage with education and prepare for future working life.

To address the challenges identified, a set of recommendations derived from the 2018 Platform built the foundations for developing an Action Chart, with quantifiable measures and parameters, and specification of primary holder responsibilities including ministerial agencies, key academic institutions, leading NGO’s, social and entrepreneurial partners, national talent development committee, and others.

 

Theme

Titled Accelerating Human Capital Development through Career Guidance under the QNV2030, the 2021 Platform will address strategic and tactical issues through six thematic areas:

  • National career guidance policies and strategies
  • Multi-channeled career guidance services
  • Middle-high school transition of people with disabilities
  • K-12 career guidance in schools
  • Employability of higher education students
  • Transition and upskilling of adult workforce

Representatives of key ministries and stakeholder institutions operating in public, private, and mixed sectors will be invited to reflect on these themes as active participants. The Platform will benefit from a fusion of national and international experts’ engagement, consideration of the latest international research, evidence-based solutions, and mutual sharing of needs, interests, and actions.

 

Objectives

Building on the success of the previous editions, the forthcoming online Platform seeks to reflect on the progress of the 2018 Platform’s recommended set of actions and propose 2021-2025 action steps to support the realization of QNV 2030 human development pillar objectives through career guidance. Key objectives of this year’s iteration include:

  • Building on the past success of the Platform as a viable national networking and synergy building mechanism for strategic and operational enhancement of career guidance in Qatar.
  • Continuing the important work on operational and strategic issues related to the process of developing career guidance policies and strategies aligned with the pillar of QNV on human capital development in the country.
  • Gleaning learnings and experiences from the past two years to strengthen multi-channeled career guidance services provided locally and abroad.
  • Enhancing transition of people with disabilities from secondary education to real life with structured career management skills framework to support inclusive employment and their smooth integration in the social fabric
  • Examining the provision of K-12 career guidance in schools and ways of streamlining and strengthening career guidance services currently limited to high school settings.
  • Boosting the employability of higher education students, who are most impacted by the pandemic effects.
  • Collecting evidence to address specific skills gaps or obsolete skills, as well as future demands to effectively support efforts of adult workforce transitioning and upskilling.
  • Developing a post-platform action plan to accelerate national human capital development by 2030 through career guidance in the State of Qatar.

 

Platform Program

Time Activity
09:00-09:45 Special opening speeches & keynote address by:

·      QF leadership

·      UNESCO Doha Office

·      International Labor Organization (ILO) Project Office for the State of Qatar

·      QCDC

09:45-10:00 Break

 

10:00-10:45 “Accelerating Human Capital Development in Qatar” Panel Discussion with representatives from:

·      Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor & Social Affairs

·      Ministry of Education and Higher Education

·      Planning and Statistics Authority

10:45-10:50 Transition
10:50-11:45 Stakeholders Focus Groups – Insight Sessions Part 1
11:45-12:45 Dhuhr Prayers Break
12:45-13:45 Stakeholders Focus Groups – Insight Sessions Part 2
13:45-14:00 Stakeholders Focus Groups – Wrap-up

 

Keynote Speakers

  • QF leadership
  • UNESCO Doha Office
  • ILO Project Office for the State of Qatar
  • QCDC

 

Panelists (to be confirmed/subject to change)

  • E. Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labor & Social Affairs
  • E. Dr. Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Nabit, President of Planning and Statistics Authority
  • E. Dr. Ibrahim Bin Saleh Al-Naimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education