There are many ways in which the EU supports the adult learning sector in Europe – from commissioning research and sharing good practices to promoting innovations and funding the upskilling of individuals.
To help build a more robust and effective adult learning sector, the European Commission is investing in EPALE – an electronic platform for adult learning professionals: teachers, policy makers, researchers, academics, training providers – anyone working in the adult learning sector. EPALE aims to bring all these people together and build a vibrant adult learning community.
Widely recognised as the most successful EU programme, Erasmus+ has around 5% of its total budget available to support:
- learning mobility for adult education staff;
- international cooperation between organisations (e.g. adult learning centres);
- initiatives for policy innovation (e.g. networks supporting specific policy areas, like literacy and adult learning).
The European Social Fund (ESF) is the EU’s main financial instrument for supporting employment. The ESF is helping build a culture of training and lifelong learning to enable workers and employers to keep their skills and competences up to date. It is also supporting activities that help adult learners move into tertiary education.