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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


National policies and funding

Applications for the Small Grants Round are being accepted online from 21stAugust – 12noon on 11th September 2019.

The Ireland Funds Small Grants Round supports a wide range of not-for-profit and community organisations in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Small Grants Round offers awards up to €10,000 for small community organisations and for organisations that have not previously been supported by The Ireland Funds


The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Development adopted the Rulebook on Career Guidance and Counseling Standards in June 2019. These standards present the framework for the development and improvement of the career guidance and counseling system in the Republic of Serbia. Primarily, they are guidelines for educational institutions, institutions in the employment sector as well as organizations in the field of youth work.

The Norwegian Government has funded 7,5 million Norwegian Krones for training for employees in the healthcare sector. Changes and technology development happen very fast in this sector. More and more patients are been supported from the health care service at home, by use of various tools, such as safety alarms, electronic journals, automatic medical injection pumps and GPS. This demands an upskilling of the workforce in the health care sector.

When refugees arrive in a country, it is important to start the process of orientation towards the labour market in the new country as early as possible. Therefore, career guidance has been piloted in Norway since 2016 for refugees in asylum reception centres. The piloting continues in 2019, extended to including career guidance for resettlement refugees (quota refugees) and persons who have arrived in Norway because of family reunification.

AHEAD, an organisation that is focused on promoting full access and participation of students with disabilities in further, higher education and employment are hosting their annual international conference, 'Through the looking glass: Reflecting on Inclusion from the boardroom to the classroom' on the 26th and 27th March 2020 in Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland. 

Following the last reform of ongoing vocational training, AFEST (Action for Workplace Learning) has become a teaching method in its own right. A formal training device, AFEST derives from precisely structured engineering. EPALE France has associated itself with the journal Education Permanente, issue No. 216 of which focuses on learning and training in the workplace, to propose a day of discussions and considerations of AFEST.

The purpose of FGU

Preparatory basic education and training (FGU) is a programme for young people under the age of 25 who need additional help in order to be able to enter upper secondary education or to enter the labour market.

The purpose of FGU is to develop and improve the academic, vocational, personal and social competencies of students. The goal is for students to quickly reach a stage where they are able to either get a job or begin upper secondary education.

AONTAS CEO Niamh O'Reilly recently participated at the Romanian EU Presidency Conference in Bucharest which focused on plans for Adult Upskilling and Reskilling. These initiatives across Europe come under the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL), for which AONTAS is the national coordinator in Ireland, and specifically the Upskilling Pathways Recommendation. In our latest blog, she reflects on the conference and shares an update on current EU approaches and debates around sustainable funding for adult learning.
4 avenues to explore to support a cultural revolution. Change is not about the conditional legal recognition of what many companies consider to be on-the-job training. The opportunity to finance workplace learning (WL) will quickly face the challenges of cultural change and the traceability rules of financiers, which, in most cases, could be resolved through the provision of feedback. Also to overcome too much appropriation by companies, here are several avenues to explore that focus on the objective of WL rather than its use. Intended for financiers, training professionals and anyone else who wishes to “think outside the box”.
Wednesday 4 September 2019 to Thursday 5 September 2019, Ireland

Initial and On-going Assessment at Levels 1-3 Training Workshops

The Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI), the national representative association of Ireland's sixteen education and training boards (ETBs) is holding a two day workshop to familiarise adult educators with SOLAS (the state organisation with responsibility to further education and training) and ETBI national guidelines for adult literacy and numeracy assessment at NFQ levels 1-3.

During this two day workshop participants will

Thursday 12 September 2019, Ireland

Erasmus+ KA102 VET Application Workshop

An Application workshop will be held for those considering applying for funding for KA1 VET projects, where advice will be given on preparing applications for the 01 October 2019 deadline. Attendees will be updated with financial guides, mobility durations, as well as concrete examples of projects. If successful in receiving funding, such projects will start between 1st January and 31st May 2020 with a duration of 12 to 24 months). 

Friday 12 July 2019, Bulgaria

България провежда Национален форум „Пътища и мерки за повишаване на уменията на възрастните“

На 12 юли 2019 г. в гр. София – столица на България, ще се проведе Национален форум „Пътища и мерки за повишаване на уменията на възрастните“.

Wednesday 4 September 2019 to Monday 9 September 2019, Estonia

Contact Seminar "Enhancing Digital Competences in Education and Training"

Apply now for funding to attend the Erasmus+ Transnational Cooperation Activities' (TCA) event to find partners with similar interests and develop ideas for the new Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships on the issue of ICT and digital skills. The deadline for applications is Monday, 1 July 2019.

Technology Skills 2022: Ireland’s Third ICT Skills Action Plan sets out priority actions to meet Ireland’s needs for graduates skilled in computing and electronic and electrical engineering to support and drive economic performance over the coming years.

The plan is informed by research conducted by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). The ambitious targets in the plan will increase the total number of graduates with high-level ICT skills by more than 5,000 every year by 2022. 

The Scottish Funding Council has provided guidance for universities and colleges on funding for upskilling in 2019-2020. Those who will benefit most from using the resource include university / college heads and education leaders, senior university / college staff and those who work in further or higher education financial and funding teams.

Holistic education is an approach towards developing educational courses and programmes within FGU whereby teaching is built up around complete wholes that are meaningful for the students to work with. As teachers within FGU, you all have ample experience planning instructive and motivating courses. This experience can now be brought into play in the planning of holistic courses across both general and vocational subjects.

The Education Strategy 2018-2025 is the basis of the activities of the institutions in the Republic of North Macedonia in the field of education for the period till 2025. It builds on the current state in the educational system and aims at their gradual development according to the established priorities.

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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.


In Montenegro, other/additional qualifications are recognized by the Law on National Qualifications Framework.  Following the consideration of concept of other qualifications, the Qualifications Council started classification of other/additional qualifications into Montenegrin Qualifications Framework.

Classification procedure is initiated by the submission of initiative for other/additional qualification which contains the following elements: