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EPALE

Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

 
 

European policies projects and funding

Are you planning an Erasmus+ project on this topic and are you still looking for European project partners? There is a contact making seminar taking place from 1 to 4 December 2019 in Cologne, Germany. It is an excellent opportunity for finding partners for Erasmus+ projects. Take your chance!
EU4EU – European Universities for the EU – is the project which support the growth of European businesses and the access to employment of university trainees. You have time until the 29th of October  to register your organization and to access to the matching phase in which you will be able to choose the more suitable candidate for your organization’s needs.

The management of migration and the integration of migrants are among the central challenges of this time in many regions of Europe. An alliance of municipalities and civil society organisations from several European countries joined forces in 2016 to work together on integration and acquire new knowledge and skills. With the help of the "Europe for Citizens" programme, it was possible to intensify the exchange between the partners in a joint project.

13 November 2019
by Tino BOUBARIS
(de)

Tara Robinson works in the Further Education and Training Division of the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.  In this post Tara shares the staff’s experiences of taking part in their Erasmus+ Adult Education Staff Mobility Project and how it helped them in their use of various technologies when working with adult learners.

31 October 2019
by Laura Austen-Gray
(en)

Karen McCormick works in Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) Development Office where she is the European Projects Officer.  She is currently working on several Erasmus+ projects, including Restart+ Communities where LYIT is the lead organisation, as well as Digital Wellbeing Educators, Generation Data and VET Wind II where LYIT is a partner. This post is Karen’s account of a “Week in the life of a European projects officer” and outlines her work at home for the kick-off meeting of the Restart+ project and then her time in Denmark on VET Wind II. 

31 October 2019
by Laura Austen-Gray
(en)

REALISE is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project funded by the European Commission involving 10 universities in Europe and a large number of associate partners. It aims to embed staff mobility in HEIs’ institutional strategies for modernisation and internationalisation, more particularly as a valuable element in the process of “internationalisation at home”, helping raise the awareness of the international dimension of higher education among both academic and administrative staff.

A group of people enjoying a beach campfire at sunset

EPALE UK Ambassador Cath Harcula discusses her experiences at the EPALE Stakeholder Conference 2019, held in Warsaw, Poland. She covers the 'campfire' discussions, the debate concerning whether education practitioners are adult learners too, who EPALE is beneficial for and discusses the concept of 'bildung' in Nordic culture. 

#ErasmusDays2019, the EPALE teams wished to raise awareness about the European Union commitment in adult lifelong learning. They created a digital exhibition with 28 different projects, demonstrating the variety of practices across Europe.
Friday 6 December 2019, Ireland

VET Application Clinic

Now that you are aware of the funding opportunities involving staff and learners mobilities, are you ready to write your Erasmus+ VET project application for learner and staff mobility?

Further education projects expand horizons through:

Apprenticeship and learner work placements

Professional development

Job shadowing

This Application clinic is a workshop based on the Erasmus+ Programme guide for the VET sector, preparing applications for the February 2020 deadline.

Thursday 14 November 2019, Hungary

A Felnőttképzők Szövetségének Szakmai Napja

Felnőttképzők Szövetsége Szakmai Napot szervez annak érdekében, hogy a meghívott szakértők előadását meghallgatva a felnőttképzők hiteles forrásból tájékozódjanak az aktuális változásokról, fejlesztési irányokról és a forrásbevonási lehetőségekről.

Az FVSZ „Mi lesz veled felnőttképzés” elnevezésű rendezvény részletei:

Időpont: 2019. november 14., csütörtök 10:00-14:45

Friday 22 November 2019, Italy

Seminario di Formazione-Informazione "English Technology and Clil"

Il giorno 22 novembre 2019 presso l’Auditorium dell'Istituto "Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa" di Afragola (NA) ci saranno eventi formativi/informativi relativi al Progetto ERASMUS+  dal titolo Global Insights (codice identificativo: 2017-1-IT02-KA101-035802).

Sono previsti, infatti, un seminario in orario antimeridiano rivolto ai docenti, alunni e genitori dell’istituto ed un seminario in orario pomeridiano rivolto ai dirigenti scolastici, docenti e dsga degli istituti scolastici della provincia di Napoli.

Friday 8 November 2019, North Macedonia

Обука за истражување и методи за истражување

Македонскиот центар за меѓународна соработка (МЦМС) во рамки на програмата Граѓански ресурсен центар, финансирана од Европската Унија, објавува отворен повик за учество на Обука за истражување и методи за истражување 5-6 декември 2019, Штип.

Wednesday 20 November 2019 to Thursday 21 November 2019, North Macedonia

Обука за генерирање на фондови

Македонскиот центар за меѓународна соработка (МЦМС) во рамки на програмата Граѓански ресурсен центар, финансирана од Европската Унија, објавува отворен повик за учество на Обука за генерирање на фондови, 20-21 ноември 2019, Скопје.

There is little methodological professional material, - particularly ones related to adult learning – that may be of good help to organizations and professionals wishing to introduce work-based learning Therefore this project - in the context of which such a complex methodological handbook has been developed that promotes the introduction and effective application of work-based learning forms, the learning outcome-based training plans in adult vocational education and training across Europe - fills a large gap.

On the basis of the Carer+ Digital Competence Framework, a complete programme structure was developed, containing a total of 5 interrelated modules organised under 3 themes:

  • Foundational skills
  • Managing social care with ITCs
  • Providing home care through ICTs.

The Virtual Learning Environement was created by using Drupal Commons and Moodle 2.5: 5 platforms were created: an original one in English and 4 for the piloting partners in their local languages (France, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Spain).

With more than 50.000 users, EPALE is the biggest platform in Europe for people in adult and further education. The size and diversity of the platform offers many possibilities how you can make your organisation and your work visible and position yourself at an international level throughout the project lifecycle.

The information "How to use EPALE effectively for your project" shows you in detail, how you can successfully use EPALE to build your profile, exchange information and network.


This resource contains the presentations given during the EPALE 2019 conference in Warsaw, Poland. The conference took part on 1-2 October and had over 200 national government representatives, EPALE members, European stakeholders and representatives from the European Commission.

Field research on the employment of ex-convicts and probationers

Surveys were carried out with 8,243 employers active across 81 provinces of Turkey and 1,890 ex-convicts and probationers as part of the "European Agenda for Adult Learning 4" project carried out within the Ministry of National Education General Directorate for Life Long Learning with backing by the European Union. The main purpose of these surveys is to determine the issues regarding the employment of ex-convicts and probationers in Turkey, and to reveal the views of these people and as well as employers on this topic.

The MATCHSI Toolkit was developed to help those hoping to gain work experience to match with an ideal host company, ensuring that learning is appropriately targeted and useful. The project brought together partners from seven EU countries. The Toolkit and accompanying resources can be downloaded.

A case study for Erasmus+ project Migrants and Refugees as Re-builders, which describes the experience of an adult educator working with migrants and refugees in Sweden. It explores the challenges faced by migrant learners, the approaches educators can use to address these challenges and how they can support inclusion. The project team has created print and online materials to generate meaningful conversations between educators, learners, policy-makers and stakeholders, as well as a curriculum, self-assessment framework and a set of indicators for analysing someone's engagement with society.

EAEA (European Adult Education Association) on UP-AEPRO -hankkeessa kehittänyt verkkokurssin aikuiskouluttajille ja muille aikuiskoulutuksen parissa työskenteleville. Tavoitteena on lisätä aikuiskoulutuskentän osaamista komission "Aikuisten taitojen parantamisen polut" (Upskilling Pathways) -aloitteesta ja elinikäisen oppimisen toimintapolitiikasta EU-tasolla.
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As a follow-up to our discussion on the needs of adult learning support from the EU, we would like you to share your opinion on any of the topics below. Engage with your peers from across Europe in this online discussion moderated by EPALE Thematic Coordinator Markus Palmen.