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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


National policies and funding

Academics from the University of Sussex and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs have been carrying out research into funding allocation for science, particularly the way funding has been split and they have found that the social sciences have been awarded a very small portion of global funding. The social sciences address issues with climate change and a lack of funding allocation is slowing environmental progression.

The Ministry of Justice will be awarding £54m in funding for regions in England to develop Resettlement Hubs that will provide offenders with a safe space to build media, arts, crafts and sports skills and immerse themselves in non-formal methods of learning with the ultimate aim of reducing the risk of reoffending on release. Both offenders that have served sentences in custody and those that have served community sentences are eligible to participate. Funding will be awarded in late 2020 and contracts will run from 2021 to 2023.

The National Eurydice Unit of North Macedonia announces a Public Call for additional expertise in the fields of:

- adult education,

- teachers role in the educational system.

Click HERE for more details on qualification requirements and application/selection procedures. 

The north-south divide is a common source of political debate and as the argument to address the imbalance resurfaces, academics of higher education institutions are questioning whether major developments in the north will become a reality. The government suggests that it will back plans to open a science and innovation hub in the region, but academics are concerned that inadequate funding and an incorrect approach could derail efforts.

A new report into further education and training highlights the diversity of learners. ‘FET: Facts and Figures 2018’, a report on the further education and training (FET) sector in Ireland was published by SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority.

On 28-31 October, OLDER project partners held their first study visit in Lithuania and Latvia.  
The first day kicked-off with a visit to the headquarters of Medardas Čobotas Third Age University in Vilnius, which is also the coordinating partner of the OLDER project. Guests had a chance to attend an English language lecture, engage with elderly students and teachers, and get to know traditional Lithuanian crafts and national costumes, worn by representatives from handicrafts faculty.

The Community Forum program is one of the most successful Swiss Development Agency (SDC) initiatives in Macedonia, has proved to be successful approach to support community ownership of local-self-governance processes. Through structured discussions Forum participants discuss community projects and provide recommendations to local institutions.

18 December 2019
by Nevenka Longuro...

Training of employees to acquire additional knowledge and skills needed to their employer is a newly introduced measure of active employment policy of the National Employment Service (NES) in Serbia. The first year of its implementation, however, has shown that there is still work to be done, particularly on adjustments of formal conditions and better promotion of this measure, so it would produce significant results in the future.

Adult literacy in our society and thoughts on how educators can implement small changes in health, family, and prisons to empower our learners and make a real change in our society

Basic literacy and life-skills are general practical skills which are essential for our participation in the local community, for our integration into social life, for our employment, and basic skills also open the doors for us to acquire new specific skills and professional competences. Of course, we can find different definitions in different approaches, but their common feature is that basic skills include reading comprehension, literacy and numeracy skills, oral communication and digital skills, but also social skills which are increasingly emphasised among workplace expectations.

12 December 2019
by Györgyi Bajka

To meet the challenges of the Norwegian labour market today and in the future, three pilots of module structured adult education are established. The training in these pilots is supposed to be flexible, effective and adapted to each participant’s needs. The participants get a valuation and a documentation after each module they have accomplished.

28 October 2019
by Linda Berg

The sc. Operational Plan for active programs and measures for employment and labor market services for 2019 is a framework of the employment policies of the Republic of North Macedonia, defined by the Government, embedded in a series of other national strategic policy documents, and in line with international strategic agendas.

28 October 2019
by Biljana Mojsovs...
A family learning together

Cath Harcula adds to the series of blog posts exploring adult learning and workforce development, focusing on family learning. The family learning workforce is noted to have struggled to evidence the impact of their work and that it requires an evidence collecting and sharing model to enable the sector to grow. Cath will be delivering the process model at the EPALE UK and Learning & Work Institute joint annual conference on 23 October 2019. 

15 October 2019
by Cath Harcula
Thursday 16 April 2020 to Friday 17 April 2020, Denmark

Bibliotekspolitisk topmøde 2020

Danmarks Biblioteksforening (DB) skriver: 

"Udnyt bibliotekets fulde potentiale i samfundets tjeneste

Velkommen til to dage fyldt med nye tendenser, vidensdeling og intensiv networking blandt 500 lands- og lokalpolitikere samt biblioteks- og kulturfolk fra hele landet.

Mød kulturministeren og deltag i debatten om KLs udspil om at udnytte bibliotekets fulde potentiale.

Friday 13 December 2019 to Saturday 14 December 2019, Bulgaria

Юбилеен научен панаир „150 години Българска академия на науките“

Институтът по математика и информатика, с подкрепата на Министерството на образованието и науката, организират Юбилеен научен панаир „150 години Българска академия на науките“. Събитието се провежда в рамките на съвместната програма на БАН и МОН "Образование с наука", която стартира през тази година.
Конкурсът е отворен за ученици и младежи на възраст между 14 и 20 години с проекти в сферата на природните, социалните, историческите и медицинските науки, както и в областта на информационните и комуникационните технологии и математиката.

Thursday 12 December 2019, Hungary

Szak- és felnőttképzési konferencia: Szabályozási visszaszámláló

Elfogadta az Országgyűlés az új szakképzési törvényt, a felnőttképzési törvénymódosítás pedig jelenleg áll tárgyalás alatt. Az új törvénytervezetek alapján már láthatóak a változások a fő irányai. Ennek alapján meg lehet kezdeni a gondolkodást, az intézményi stratégia kialakítását. A rendezők célja az új szabályrendszer szisztematikus áttekintése, ennek érdekében rendezik meg a szak és felnőttképzési konferenciát.

Tuesday 10 December 2019, Bulgaria

Координационният съвет на Националната платформа „Обединени за ученето на възрастни“ се събира в София за последна работна среща през 2019 година

На 10 декември 2019 г. в град София - столицата на България, ще се проведе последната за тази година работна среща на Координационния съвет за Националната платформа „Обединени за ученето на възрастни“.

Thursday 5 December 2019, Italy

Convegno "La scuola dell'inclusione non ha confini. Istruzione per adulti e scuola in carcere. Esperienze italiane ed europee a confronto"

L'istruzione degli adulti nel confronto tra realtà italiana ed europea è il tema proposto dal convegno "La scuola dell'inclusione non ha confini. Istruzione per adulti e scuola in carcere.

Thursday 19 December 2019, Austria

Fachveranstaltung in Wien: Arbeitsmarktintegration von MigrantInnen und Flüchtlingen - rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen und Unterstützungsangebote

In den letzten beiden Jahren haben sich die arbeitsmarktpolitischen Unterstützungsangebote für Zugewanderte immer wieder verändert. Auch neue rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen (Integrations-, Sozialhilfe-Grundsatz-, Anerkennungs- und Bewertungsgesetz) und arbeitsmarktpolitische Zielvorgaben wurden beschlossen. Die Information über diese Veränderungen sowie die Diskussion der damit verbundenen Folgen für die praktische Arbeit stehen im Zentrum dieser Veranstaltung.

Tuesday 21 January 2020, United Kingdom

Post-compulsory Education and Training and priorities for the Tertiary Education and Research Commission for Wales

The Policy Forum for Wales will be holding the Priorities for Post-Compulsory Education and Training in Wales event in Cardiff on Tuesday 21 January 2020. Talks and discussions will focus on post-16, Further and Higher Education and the event is CPD certified.

In a global context where national education and social policies are increasingly shaped by the influence of powerful global agendas, international surveys and league tables – combined with a search for so called ‘best practice’ – much can be learned from context-sensitive, comparative research that challenges one-size-fits-all assumptions.

The Care Commission set up by Plaid Cymru has released a report on social care in Wales, recommending that social care be made free at the point of need as is the case with health care, as well as many other progressive recommendations. The report is free to download from the Plaid Cymru website and will be of use to social care staff.

The team of the Institute for Strategic Research and Education (ISIE) was engaged by E4E@mk Project to conduct an analysis of the current situation and the challenges with a special focus on the legal framework, the resources and other processes and competences within the formal vocational education. The analysis is based on empirical research conducted in the period August - October 2018.

T his document presents the key findings and recommendations in relation to the financing of non-formal education and training in the Republic of North Macedonia that resulted from the empirical research conducted by the Institute for Strategic Research and Education – ISIE in the period December 2018 – March 2019, within the Education for Employment in North Macedonia Project (E4E@мк).

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.

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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: