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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Workplace learning

Over 80% of care across the EU is provided by partners, relatives and friends. Everyone may be an informal carer at some stage in his or her life. At this moment, having the opportunity to access adapted training can be extremely useful…

In many countries, domestic work suffers from insufficient regulation and recognition. In 2010, the ILO published the report “Decent work for domestic workers” to set standards “in response to the long-standing perception of domestic work as a form of “women’s work” that does not require any real skills, qualifications or training”. Indeed, the ILO asserted “the value of domestic work to both the families and the workers, (…) and the economy as a whole”. At EU level, the EU Parliament resolution 28th April 2016 encouraged member states to protect the rights of these workers.

Machine technician Göksel Vatandaş and his Romanian wife Laura Citizen met in Romania 20 years ago. The couple married after a while and settled in Istanbul. Laura decided to go to her husband's turnery workshop with him everyday and started to learn the profession of turnery to support the family. She also successfully completed the courses she attended and became a master in turnery profession in 8 years. The couple settled in Marmaris district of Muğla 4 years ago and they started to operate a machine shop in the industrial site.

Training of trainers’ program was organized for the personnel of the Turkish Electricity Distribution Corporation (TEDAS) by Continuing Education Research and Application Center of Gazi University. TEDAS is one of the largest public enterprise of the electricity distribution sector in Turkey and aware of the importance of providing opportunities for employee development.

The training program was conducted between 04 November 2019 and 15 November 2019. The 30-hour program covered the following topics:

Day 1 –  Adult psychology and learning

Day 2 – learning psychology

Safe Climbing is an Erasmus+ project that aimed to increase safety for people that work with chainsaws and climbing in trees as well as producing quality study material for climbing courses. The countries involved in the project where Iceland, Denmark and Slovenia.

TRACK project addressed socially disadvantaged informal carers dealing with people affected by Alzheimer, to support them during their caring experience and beyond, by reinforcing their well-being, skills, and employability.

The role of the Education and Training Working Group on Adult Learning 2016-2018 was to identify policies that promote and support workplace learning of adults, covering: - adults struggling with reading, writing, making simple calculations and using digital tools; - adults with medium skills in need of up-skilling. This report presents the outcomes of its work. It identifies key messages for policy development along with case studies to inspire new thinking.

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Vicki Liogier from ETF and Ben Charles from the Global Learning Skills Partnership delivered the Digital Skills for Adult Educators workshop at the Upskilling Pathways Conference 2019. Both presenters provided information on their organisations and projects, discussed the need for digital skills to be harnessed by education staff both for their own development and the development of their learners, and emphasised the need for institutions and originations to develop effective digital frameworks to encourage adequate skills development.

28 November 2019
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INCLUVET – Europe United in Inclusive Work-Based-Learning for Students with Additional Learning Needs

Training and Guidelines for:

  • Teaching Staff
  • In-Company Mentors
  • Support Workers

To increase the opportunities for learners with additional learning needs by offering innovative Vocational Education & Training and the opportunity to carry out work internships in Europe.

Partners from Italy, France, Austria, Poland and Spain as well as North West Regional College from Northern Ireland have been co-operating to develop training materials and to champion a more appropriate approach to WBL for learners with Additional Learning Needs.

Mobile learning is recognized by many researchers as an important component of learning in the future, even as an integral part of the educational process. Some of the features of mobile learning and methodological problems in lifelong learning allow this pair to be combined to reveal the ideal and fulfill the vision of lifelong learning.

25 November 2019
by Esra Telli
Successful projects

Between 11-13 November, EPALE organised an online event for successful projects from workplace learning. We had various contributions from a wide range of adult learning professionals from 20 European countries. The online sharing of projects showed the wide range of issues tackled and approaches undertaken to adult learning in the workplace. A broad mix of projects and schemes were posted, carried out both by national and international groups of partners. They provide inspiring examples for others in Europe. A number of themes emerged, which are identified below, illustrated with examples. It’s important to note that each project addressed several themes and not just the one picked out below.

25 November 2019
by Andrew McCoshan

Work-based learning has many aspects, ranging from informal and relatively casual learning to structured apprenticeships and training programmes. The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training and UNESCO’s International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training have jointly published an anthology that sheds lights on this broad field. Learn more about the book in this blog post from the publisher!

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Belfast Metropolitan College has partnered with organisations and education institutions in Greece, Bulgaria and Romania to deliver the Live Skills programme - a programme that enables young learners and professionals to develop business management skills and specific skills in the audiovisual creative fields.  The programme delivers both work based and cross-country learning opportunities. 

15 November 2019
by Isaac May
Digital learning workplace

Digital technologies have enormous potential to boost adult learning in the workplace. EPALE thematic coordinator Andrew McCoshan has been working with EU Member States on the ET 2020 Working Group on Vocational Education and Training to examine the opportunities and challenges involved. This blog post looks at the opportunities, whilst an accompanying article focuses on the challenges.

11 November 2019
by Andrew McCoshan
Thursday 16 January 2020, Poland

HR Data Forum

Zapraszam do udziału w forum dotyczącym analizy danych w nowoczesnych działach HR.

Główna tematyka będzie dotyczyć:

Wednesday 25 March 2020, United Kingdom

Workplace Trends Research Spring Summit 2020

Would you like to speak at Workplace Trends? Do you have recent research into work and the workplace? The call for abstracts for our Workplace Trends Research Spring Summit is open now!

Speaking sessions are filled with the highest ranked submissions from a call for abstracts of published applied research. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by our two moderators for the day, Nigel Oseland (Workplace Unlimited) and Nicola Gillen (Cushman & Wakefield).

Abstracts are blind reviewed by our selection team, and judged on the following criteria:

Original idea and content

Thursday 12 December 2019, United Kingdom

Westminster Health Forum – The health workforce and key issues to the NHS People Plan: leadership, staff wellbeing and professional regulation

Westminster Health Forum will be holding a key seminar in London in December, which will consider the health workforce and key issues for the NHS People Plan, focusing on leadership, wellbeing and professional regulation. It is a key event for anyone working for the NHS in a medical or healthcare role. Tickets are priced at £230+VAT.

Tuesday 8 September 2020 to Wednesday 9 September 2020, Singapore

ICAELL 2020: 14. International Conference on Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations. With its high quality, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.

Thursday 21 November 2019, Czech Republic

Režisérem vlastního života

Všichni máme profesní sny, ale jen někteří se vydali na cestu k jejich uskutečnění. Ti ostatní jen plní plány druhých. Chcete se stát režiséry vlastního života? Naučíme vás, jak na to.

Ukážeme si, že každý z nás žije unikátní příběh a že všichni máme možnost dějovou linku vlastního příběhu posunout jiným směrem, i když to není snadné. Nacvičíme si několik jednoduchých technik, které pomohou ujasnit si vaše sny. Ukážeme si, kde najít odvahu ke změně v kontextu vaší kariéry. Bude to zábava, začnete si více všímat drobných detailů a uvidíte, že i malé krůčky vedou k velkému cíli.

Friday 1 November 2019, Italy

Il corpo nel suono. V convegno internazionale sul musicista nella danza - Roma 1-3- novembre 2019

E' in corso l'importante convegno internazionale Il CORPO NEL SUONO, presso le sale di AND, a Roma. La V edizione di inaugura con l'esecuzione di Chaconne, segno prezioso del dialogo che a distanza di secoli  Musica  e Danza intrattengono incessantemente. Cristiano Grifone mette a segno ancora una volta un evento unico che rappresenta un contenitore formativo di eccellenza per musicisti e danzatori chiamati allo scambio professionale nel comune intento di trovare un dialogo costruttivo.

'Supporting Working Lives And Enterprise Growth In Ireland: 2018-2021 further education and training policy framework for skills development of people in employment' was published by Solas (The Irish Further Education and Training Authority) in 2018. It sets out a policy framework for employee development opportunities in Ireland. 


Five principal drivers underpin the new policy on skills development of employees in the workforce.

(i) Supporting enhanced productivity in Irish SMEs

This booklet highlights seven action points on how to involve social partners to make adult learning work for the future. It provides practical insights for stakeholders who are directly involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of adult learning policies, including policymakers and social partners. Each action point draws on research evidence and provides insights on how to translate it into practice by highlighting promising policies in OECD and emerging countries.

This paper reviews how the megatrends – digital transformation, globalisation and demographic changes - are shaping skills demand through the creation and destruction of jobs as well as the changing nature of existing occupations. It examines how the resulting changes in skill needs have translated into skills imbalances, and considers how lifelong learning (LLL) systems and strategies can be enhanced to increase the participation of individuals and employers in education and training.

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.

Benenden Health has released a wellbeing guide in partnership with HRZone, which enables users to ‘develop an age-diverse health and wellbeing strategy’ and meet the wellbeing needs of a multigenerational workforce. It provides a detailed description of the five generations currently making up the UK workforce and discusses ways to meet the needs of all of them. It will be most beneficial for employers and senior managers and is free to download.

In the ‘Work-based Learning & Apprenticeships’ network, 29 European educational agencies selected ten Austrian projects on the topic of “work-based learning” from over 350 projects from around Europe.  This brochure aims to disseminate the project results to a wider audience in Austria and highlight the sustainable benefits.

The Flanders Social and Economic Council (SERV) focuses on the theme of digitization. After all, not only the technologies used are changing, but also tasks and jobs, skills and competences, work forms and work formulas, revenue models and organizational structures are evolving. That is why the social partners published a vision paper and action plan as a start for a digital policy agenda for Flanders. The action plan contains recommendations and actions for the Flemish Government in seven areas. On the meeting day "Literacy at work: w @ is d @?" on November 8, 2019 in Brussels Mieke Valcke from the SERV told more about the plan.

In the framework of the project Erasmus+ PRODOME, the study "The state of the art of domestic work in Europe" (deliverable 1) has been produced, based on desk and field research involving 54 experts and 109 domestic housekeepers via semi-directive interviews, a Delphi exercise and questionnaires.

The main findings are the following ones:

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The Secondary School of Applied Arts in Kosice, Slovakia, is small secondary vocational school with a rich 45-year long tradition in art education. It has 11 art departments and 330 students aged 16-19. They come from all the regions of east Slovakia. Some of them come from families with low income, but they are all talented and motivated to learn. It is a pleasure and challenge to teach and motivate those students. 

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From Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th September the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) will be hosting an online discussion about Workplace Basic Skills on EPALE moderated by Rosemarie Klein and Dieter Zisenis from the German research and consultancy organization Büro für berufliche Bildungsplanung (bbb).

We would like to hear from anyone who has been involved in workplace basic skills training or is interested in developing expertise in this area.