This study is the first volume of Cedefop research on empowering adults through upskilling and reskilling pathways.
The report on empowering adults suggets that upskilling and reskilling adults is a solution to digitalisation, ageing societies, transition to a green economy, and social inclusion issues that the EU currently faces.
The study estimates the magnitude of the low-skilled adult population according to a broader conceptualisation and also identifies different subgroups of adults most at risk of being low-skilled, by skill dimension.
"As 2020 approaches, and the EU is still far from attaining its benchmark of 15% adult participation in learning, our societies face multiple challenges: technological changes, including digitalisation and its consequences for the future of work; ageing societies; the need for the greening of the economy; and social inclusion. Europe must improve and maintain high-level skills and competences to remain competitive and innovative; skills are therefore essential, not only to access and progress in the labour market but also to achieve one’s full potential and play an active role in society."