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I N V I T A T I O N to the General Assembly and International Conference – Suitable Pathways


Role of Parents in Guiding their Children towards the Most Suitable Personal Careers

November 24th and 25th, 2017
in Tallinn, Estonia

Co-organised by


One of the most delicate parental tasks is to guide your child or children towards further education and possible successful career pathways, avoiding traps such as trying to fulfil your own un-accomplished dreams in your child or following fashionable trends instead of looking for the right pathways.

The EU has realised the importance of building a knowledge-based society back in 2000, and in 2010 set the headline target that 40% of the younger generations should have a tertiary degree by 2020. On the way – while the legal basis has not changed, but the university lobby has become very influential – the European Commission started to interpret tertiary education as higher education, but we must keep the original intention and regulations in mind: parents should aim at supporting all children to finish secondary education and as many of them as possible to obtain a tertiary degree, be it a vocational, post-secondary or higher education one, that can ensure easy access to the labour market.

Meanwhile we should not forget that even if Europe manages to achieve the above goal, still nearly 2/3 of young people will have to successfully start their lives having the right secondary education, cognitive and transversal skills as well as the spirit of initiative. Parents and professional educators have a crucial role – individually and together – in supporting young people in finding their own pathways, be in a secondary vocational education or a PhD, help them to lose the least possible time with useless studies and find their way to a happy life.

The conference will look at ways of home-school cooperation in career guidance, transversal skills with special focus on entrepreneurship, and the role of parents and parents’ associations to improve the image of vocational secondary education and non-university tertiary education to help people understand that for most people it is a first and best choice.

Registration is now open.

Registration deadline:

            Sunday, 15 October 2017

Preliminary Programme

The conference is held in English.

Friday, November 24th, 2017

9:00                     School visit at a Waldorf school

11:30                   School visit at a vocational school, venue of the conference

12:30                   Lunch and registration

13:30-18:00         General Assembly – for EPA member representatives only

13.30 – Creating the next entrepreneurial generation: are our policies and parents up to the challenge? – guest speaker Anthony Gribben, European Training Foundation

14.30-17.00 – small group work on EPA’s strategic plan and working methods 2018-2020

15.30-16.00 coffee break

17.00 statutory decisions according to agenda sent separately

18:00                   Community dinner preparations

19:00                   Dinner

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

10:00                   Official opening – representative of the Estonian Presidency of the EU, representative of the European Commission, the President of the hosting organisation, Aivar Haller and President of EPA, Eszter Salamon

10:30                   Keynote session

Career guidance from a professional’s perspective – Tiina Saar-Veelmaa, Workplace Happiness Advocate in Proekspert, career counselor & psychologist in Aaretesaar

Raising the attractiveness of vocational training and apprenticeships – Petri Lempinen, EUproVET Finland (AMKE, the national association of VET providers)

11:30                   Coffee break

12:00-16:00         Workshop sessions 1&2 with

13:30-14.30            Buffet lunch

16:00                   coffee break

16:30-18:00         Fishbowl session – Parents for children’s successful future

19:00                   walk through old Tallinn to the conference dinner

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

10:00                   Walking tour of Tallinn – upon separate registration


Participation fee:

EUR 25 per person for those eligible to reduced rate and for Estonian participants

EUR 100 per person for non-members and additional participants of members

The participation fee includes lunches on Friday and Saturday, the community dinner on Friday, conference dinner on Saturday and coffee breaks.


The organisers can book you the following accommodation in case you register by 15th October.
4-star hotel
– single room: EUR 61 per night, including breakfast
– double room: EUR 68 per night, including breakfast

You can register at this link until 15th October.

Disclaimer: Please note that cancellation is only possible before 20th October, in case of accommodation booked with us it is 15th October. In case you cancel later, you have to pay the full fee due and also the cost of accommodation booked.
In case you organise your own accommodation, you can register for the conference until 20th October.
In case you choose to pay in cash at the event, you will not be able to join the sightseeing progamme, lunch or the conference itself without paying your due fees.

In all organisational questions please contact Brigitte Haider

e-mail:        GA@euparents.eu
Tel. no:       +43-664 562 4043