EU's Role & Support
How does the EU support people and projects in adult learning?
- Learning mobility for adult education staff and adult learners;
- International cooperation between organisations (e.g. adult learning centres);
- Initiatives for policy innovation (e.g. networks supporting specific policy areas)).
What is the EU’s role in adult learning?
- supply and take-up of lifelong learning opportunities
- accessibility and flexibility
- quality, equity, inclusion and success in adult learning
- the green and digital transitions
Member States outlined their measures to implement Upskilling Pathways.
The New Skills Agenda for Europe introduced a plan how to work together to strengthen human capital, employability and competitiveness. Among others it proposed that Member States adopt a Skills Guarantee (later named Upskilling Pathways) to raise the level of adult basic skills.
- ensuring the coherence of adult learning with other policy areas
- increasing the supply and take-up of adult learning provision
- widening access through workplace-based learning, ICT and second-chance opportunities
- improving quality assurance, including initial and continuing education of adult educators.
The Council published a resolution on a renewed European Agenda on Adult Learning , consolidating policy in the field of adult learning.
A key message of European Agenda on Adult learning is that adult learning in all its forms boosts learners’ employability, and contributes to social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development. Increasing participation and enabling all adults to develop and renew their skills and competences throughout their lives are at the heart of the Agenda.
The EU begins working on adult learning policy.