Adult learning is a key part of the lifelong learning spectrum of which includes formal, non-formal and informal learning activities undertaken by adults. The wide benefits of adult learning are well documented and they show positive outcomes for both personal, social and economic wellbeing. The economic crisis highlighted the increasing need for adults to participate in lifelong learning activities: to develop personal competencies or to upskill for employment. It also revealed the importance of adult learning in achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy. The strategy sets out a vision for Europe to become a ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive economy delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion’.