The role of the Working Group on Adult Learning is 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

Meetings take place in Brussels or in host countries where 'peer learning' activities are organised on a topic agreed by the group.  These events give the members a chance to meet and to share examples of good practice and discuss common challenges.

The group was launched in February 2016 and runs until June 2018.

Mandate

The pathway to key messages

The main aim of the group is to prepare policy guidance for Member States on how policy can promote a culture of career-long learning in the workplace, and thereby help to address skills shortages, ensure that workforce skills levels are maintained or improved and facilitate occupational transition. Here is a roadmap for the group.

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A roadmap for the the adult learning working group

22-23 February 2016: first Working Group meeting

In February 2016 the group met for the first time. The main objective of the meeting was to unpack and understand the Working Group's Mandate and define its programme of work.

15-16 June 2016: second Working Group meeting

The objective of the meeting was to make progress towards the Working Group outputs identified in the mandate.

The report from the meeting

6-7 December 2016: Adult Skills Conference

On 6 and 7 December 2016, the Working Group members participated in the Adult Skills Conference: Empowering Adults. Key speakers included representatives of the OECD, the Maltese Presidency and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands. After the conference all participants were invited to join the discussions on the main messages from the conference:

and to sign up to the community of practice on Upskilling Pathways.

Presentations from the conference and audio recording of the plenary sessions are available on EPALE

22-24 February 2017: Peer Learning Activity in Manchester

The aim of the peer learning activity was, by comparing and contrasting polices from three countries, to identify the essential conditions for success of policies promoting the acquisition of basic skills (literacy, numeracy, digital skills) in the workplace.

4-5 April 2017: third Working Group meeting

The objective of the meeting was to make progress towards the Working Group outputs identified in the mandate.

31 May – 2 June 2017: Peer Learning Activity in Reims

The aim of the peer learning activity was, by comparing and contrasting polices from three countries, to identify the essential conditions for success of policies promoting the acquisition of medium level skills (between basic skills and higher education) in the workplace.

19-20 June 2017: fourth Working Group meeting

The objective of the meeting was to make progress towards the Working Group outputs identified in the mandate.

Upcoming meetings and Peer Learning Activities

  • 13-15 September 2017: Peer Learning Activity in Warsaw
  • 17-18 October 2017: fifth Working Group meeting
  • March 2018: Policy guidance
  • April – June 2018: Dissemination of the policy guidance

The above dates may change.

Members of the group

Each country nominates their experts, and civil society organisations are chosen through an open selection process. The group has 57 members:

  • Experts from national administrations specialising in adult learning (most come from national education ministries). Experts are from EU Member States, candidate countries and EFTA countries. 
  • Social partners (employers and trade unions).
  • Civil society organisations working in adult education.

Full list of participants

Why adult workplace learning is important

Continues up-/re-skilling is beneficial for individuals, economy and society. Find out more why from our leaflet.

Contact

If you have any questions about the group please email the group coordinator: EMPL-ET2020-WG-AL-MEETINGS@ec.europa.eu