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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Basic skills

Literacy, numeracy and social skills are fundamental to master typical situations in everyday working life. Competence deficits in this areas can prove to be an obstacle to permanent and successful integration into the labour market especially for migrants, refugees but also for locals.This is where the ERASMUS+ project “Workplace Basic Skills” kicks in!

Lifelong learning festivals were held in Malatya in cooperation with Malatya Governorate and Malatya NSS. Authorities stated that the Learning Festival is a set of activities that aim to increase participation in lifelong learning activities, inform the public about learning opportunities, encourage learning by having fun, and include artistic and cultural performances. and to enable individuals to participate actively in learning processes. Within the scope of the festival, various booths containing adult products were opened for public visits.

The Council of Europe are inviting everyone to take part in a language challenge around the European Day of Languages! The 51 challenges within the handbook encourage learners to go outside their comfort zone and take advantage of the opportunities to practice or learn more about a language.

The aim of the Adult Educators’ Unconference is to promote the debating culture in the community of adult education and to bring the topics relevant for the community into focus, in order to find solutions to them together.

EPALE Themenfokus Nachhaltigkeit

Global warming, climate packages, Fridays for Future—discussions about sustainability are currently dominating the media. The EPALE Focus on Sustainability therefore draws on exciting projects from Germany and Europe to take a look at how adult learning is contributing to a sustainable society.

23 October 2019
by EPALE Deutschland

Workplace learning in Germany can be approached through three projects and initiatives: AlphaGrund Bildung für den Arbeitsplatz, BasisKomPlus (Arbeit und Leben) and the Toolbox: Arbeitsorientierte Grundbildung (AoG). This section aims to give a basic introduction to the key materials of these initiatives. 

1 October 2019
by EBSN CBS Editor

Policy background

The Swiss National Law on Adult education is an important policy element in the Swiss context. Follow this link to read more about its role by the conference presentation of Cäcilia Märki (annual conference of the European Basic Skills Network - Tallinn).


1 October 2019
by EBSN CBS Editor

The aim of SkillsPlus is to give adults the opportunity to acquire the basic skills they need to keep up with the demands and changes in modern working life and civil society. Skills Norway has the administrative responsibility for a programme directed towards developing basic competence for working life. The programme was established in 2006. Since then 30 000 participants received training at the workplace.


1 October 2019
by EBSN CBS Editor

The Skills Highway has been established to help employers learn how workplace literacy and numeracy training can help them improve business performance. The Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) Fund is provided by the Tertiary Education Commission and manged by the Industry Training Federation. Detailed data about the program’s reach in 2017 can be found in this report.

1 October 2019
by EBSN CBS Editor

Workplace basic skills trainings have been developed and evaluated during the last 20 years in many countries of the European Union and beyond e.g. Canada, New Zealand, USA, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland and Germany. In the framework of this OER unit there will only be a selection of programs and projects portrayed: New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and Germany. 



New Zealand

1 October 2019
by Cäcilia Märki

EU’s Upskilling Pathways and Workplace Basic Skills


The first OER unit of EBSN's Capacity Building Series on EPALE covered the significance of Upskilling Pathways in basic skills provision from a policy perspective. (for a more elaborate discussion of the Upskilling Pathways recommendation follow the link).

1 October 2019
by Cäcilia Märki
Monday 25 November 2019, Hungary

Alapkompetenciák mérése workshop

A Fővárosi Továbbtanulási és Pályaválasztási Intézetben szervez workshopot az EPALE Magyarország és a Magyar Pedagógiai Társaság Felnőttképzési Szakosztálya 2019. november 25-én 14.00–16.00 óra között. Az eseményen témafelvetést tart Gebauer Ferenc, Laki Ildikó, Dunás-Varga Ildikó, Pap Anna és Kraiciné Szokoly Mária, amit a résztvevőkkel tartott beszélgetés zár.

Tuesday 12 November 2019 to Wednesday 13 November 2019, Belgium

Sprijinirea dezvoltării competențelor cheie: abordări și medii de învățare

Conferința va reuni factorii de decizie și alte părți interesate implicate și responsabile pentru implementarea politicilor și reformelor educației școlare. Participanții vor discuta și identifica condițiile sistemice și vor defini orientări politice pentru introducerea și dezvoltarea predarii și învățării bazate pe competențe în școlile din Europa.Consiliul Uniunii Europene a adoptat Recomandarea Consiliului privind competențele cheie pentru învățarea pe tot parcursul vieții pe 22 mai 2018.

Friday 25 October 2019 to Saturday 26 October 2019, Netherlands

DRONGO talenfestival

Tijdens de 8e editie van DRONGO talenfestival staat taal in al haar facetten centraal. Het thema van DRONGO talenfestival 2019 is ‘de impact van taal’.

Wednesday 20 November 2019, Belgium

LEVER UP International Conference

LEVER UP presents the results and the products achieved in the 2-year-long project lifespan. Guests from EC, policy makers and experts will contribute to an open debate on the key issues of the Validation of Prior Learning, the Informal and Non-formal practices for empowering competences, the transversal skills in the existing reference frameworks, and their impacts on individuals, society, education and labour market.


A recording of a lecture by Mr Tamás Harangozó, Chief Editor of the European Basic Skills Network - EBSN, on the topic of a "Key concepts of basic skills learning and how curated resources on EPALE can be utilised for developing policy and practice", at the Third National EPALE Serbia conference held on October 16, 2019 in Belgrade.

A recording of a lecture by Ms Laurence Martin, Director of the Association pour la Promotion du label APP from France, on the topic of a "Personalized approach to the development of key competences in adult learners - a practical example, The APP label", at the Third National EPALE Serbia conference held on October 16, 2019 in Belgrade.

Lifelong learning is an important component of the European Union (EU) strategy
for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Promoting it is part of the EU
guidelines for employment policies as well as the EU education and training
strategy (ET 2020). Job-related adult learning and continuing vocational training
play an essential role in this respect. Beyond initial education, they help to meet
the main skills challenges on the labour market. Adult learning and CVET are
essential to appropriate skills development for employed and non-employed

Globalization and digitalization changed the type, distribution and requirements of jobs. With the inevitable use of ICT in the workplace, it became necessary for people to have the right digital skills for employment. However, less than one half of adults possess such skills (OECD, 2016), while half of the world’s population still does not have access to the Internet (International Telecommunication Union, 2018; Hernandez & Roberts, 2018).

The positive ageing indicators report is an outcomes framework to monitor trends and changes in the participation levels, health, and security of older people in Ireland, at a national level. The positive ageing indicator set was developed by the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative(link is external) and reported for the first time in 2016.

Zübeyde Ceylan's picture

Halk eğitimleri kurslarının çok kültürlü ve çok dilli bir atmosferde olaması var yerel halk ve mülteci / göçmen topluluğunun entegrasyonunda problemler doğurmaktadır.

Kültürel farklılıklardan çeşitlilik uyumluluk sorunu, iletişim engelleri ve bu engelleri aşma yolları bugün açık alan çok popüler toplumun öncelikli konularından birini arıyorlar.Öğretmenler çok kültürlü sınıf atmosferinde entegrasyon  metot ve tekniklerle problemler yaşıyor bu problemlerin giderilmesinde iyi uygulamalara ihtiyaç duymaktadır.

Olusola McKenzie's picture

We recently delivered an E+ project where we sent both young and older learners to Portugal on a work placement programme.

As we were anticipating that this might be the first time some of our learners had lived away from home, we created a document titled "Independent Living Guide", which covered Planning for travel, work, etc, but also gave our participants tips on Health and Wellbeing and Personal Safety.

I think this could be improved and I would like to ask colleagues what they have used in the past to support their students? 

abdullah öztürk's picture

 Material should be developed for Special Education students according to the type of disability. In this context, we prepared the KA101 project. what materials can be prepared according to the type of obstacle / disability. We need your help. Would you please write your comments. Thank you.