Adult Education and Training in Europe - Widening Access to Learning Opportunities - Eurydice Report Feb 2015
This Eurydice report aims to provide insight into the field of adult education and training in Europe and support decision-making at policy level. While promoting an integrated approach to lifelong learning, the report emphasises policies and measures to ensure sufficient access to learning opportunities for adults whose skills and qualifications do not fully correspond to current labour market and societal requirements. In doing so, the report takes a broad perspective, considering and exploring a range of interlinked areas. Starting from a selection of general indicators on adult education and training (Chapter 1), the report examines the policy commitments made by top-level public authorities to provide access to lifelong learning for the most vulnerable groups of adult learners, in particular those lacking basic skills orhaving low level or no qualifications (Chapter 2). It then provides a cross-country overview of publicly subsidised programmes and programmes frameworks that seek to provide opportunities for adults to upgrade their skills and qualifications throughout adulthood (Chapter 3). The report also addresses the question of learning flexibility, examining measures likely to facilitate the return of adults to education and training (Chapter 4). Outreach initiatives and guidance services constitute another element of the investigation (Chapter 5). Finally, the financial measures likely to encourage the participation of adults in education and training are investigated, paying particular attention to the financial incentives for groups with limited participation in lifelong learning (Chapter 6). The report draws on several data sources. The prime source is the information collected from the Eurydice National Units, which has been complemented by a range of research reports, as well as by reports and databases produced by international organisations. Alongside qualitative information, most chapters also include statistical data from international surveys. Following the structure of the report, the main findings highlight the key issues for consideration by policy makers. Each statement directs the reader towards the appropriate section, where the full analysis is provided.