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Careers guidance in the international spotlight

More than 30 countries will be represented at a conference to be held in Scotland on the future of careers guidance.

The 100 delegates at the international symposium, coming from as far as Australia, will examine the educational, social and employment issues surrounding careers guidance during four days in Aviemore, starting on October 22.

It is the first time the UK has hosted such a conference.

Vivienne Brown, head of policy and strategy at Careers Scotland, said: "Over the past few years, understanding of the role career guidance can play has moved up the policy agenda and the size of the symposium is testimony to that growing interest. This conference is an exciting opportunity for experts from around the world to share ideas and develop new policies for improving careers guidance in their respective countries."

Speakers will include Gordon Clerk, of the European Commission, Charles Leadbeater, of the think tank Demos, and Indian clinical psychologist Gideon Arulmani.

Organisers include the Scottish Executive, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and the Department of Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland.

* www.is2007scotland.org.uk

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