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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Learner support

Learning is a social, emotional and cognitive process. While the last is most strongly emphasized in many classrooms, the other two aspects are sometimes even ignored. However, we believe that the social and emotional processes of learning are the crucial part to increase motivation to learn. Since, in our opinion, teachers play a key role in influencing their students' motivation and learning outcomes, we see a need for professional development of teachers, especially in the context of disadvantaged learners.

“InterCult” is a European cooperation project aimed at improving the intercultural skills of educators for delivering efficient language training to adult migrants. InterCult is developing an Intercultural Trainers Kit which will provide different methodologies and techniques for improving educators’ skills related to mutual understanding, cultural dialogue, tolerance and inclusion, awareness raising on cultural specifics of migrants and utilization of opportunities to use these specifics in a learning environment.

The devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) and the subsequent cut funds are having a negative impact on the Workers Education Association (WEA). Funds have been cut by 28% for 2019-2020. Learners may face a reduction in educational opportunities open to them and this could also impact economic growth, as learners offer possibilities for closing the skills gap in the UK.



Gümüşhane Public Education Center Rug Weaving Workshop was established in June 2016.From that day to this 3 courses succesfully completed and 36 course attandees produced several genuine rugs.İn the frame of the first course which was opened with collaboration of Labour Office (İŞKUR) attandees was paid daily wage. Traditional Rug Weaving courses are  held 792 hours each.

The Plan of Educational Success and Prevention of School Abandonment that has been launched this course in Castilla-La Mancha contemplates the implementation of six specific programs for the educational reinforcement of students and the improvement of educational success.

The Plan aims to improve the performance of students by increasing the promotion of the course and the degree and reducing early school leaving, ensuring that no student leaves the education system without obtaining a degree that allows access to higher education or insertion in the workplace.

The Adult Education Budget low-wage trial of 2018-2019 will continue into 2019-2020. The threshold has increased to £16,009.50 and allows providers of ESFA funded AEB to fund learners in low-wage employment. This will allow more people to learn and will also support those who want to advance their careers. 

Four months ago, Tony, 72, could not stand or walk unaided after suffering a stroke in 2010. Four months later, and having attended Lancashire Adult Learning’s chair-based exercise classes, Tony is back on his feet – an improvement he calls ‘life-changing’ and something he did not think would happen again. Tony is a shining example of the positive results Lancashire Adult Learning achieves through its provision and what makes our dedicated staff tick and continue to improve lives.

The blog is about REACH Recovery College in southeast Essex.  It explains the key principles of recovery colleges and highlights the potential for recovery colleges through a co-produced recovery curriculum to engage a wide range of adults in lifelong learning whilst significantly improving the mental health and wellbeing of learners as a result.

19 May 2019
by Jessica Russell

In a society which has known more than its fair share of division and discord, the need to bring communities in Northern Ireland together in a positive and life-enhancing way has never been more important. That is why projects such as Extern’s Positive Learning play a vital role in building good relations, across both local communities, as well as across the Irish border. Positive Learning gives men aged 18-plus the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and understand the challenges which face those they may never have otherwise had an opportunity to meet before.

14 May 2019
by Emma Purdon

15 trainees who attended the İŞKUR-supported clothing course in Toprakkale Public Education Center explained the opportunities provided by the course and their thoughts about the course with a video. These trainees are all housewifes and the course lasts for 552 hours in total. Every week days, from Monday to Friday, trainees come to clothing workshop and produce. Every day, there is an 8 hours of course which makes 40 hours in a week.

2 May 2019
by ibrahim kızıl

Ashton Sixth Form College provide a variety of Higher and Adult Education courses focusing on the health sector. This post outlines what a one-year short health course can do for a group of mature adult learners. It suggests it's more than the sum of its parts. 

1 May 2019
by Jo Fletcher-Saxon
Some people think that migration is a problem. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), derived from the Dakar Millennium goals, deal with issues of education, development, social. Migration is not one of those SDGs. However, poverty, the countries being left behind and the host countries are all elements which intimately link migration and SDGs. Three associations have come together to deconstruct ideas about migration. A meeting was held in Pas de Calais in March and others will take place in 2019.
24 April 2019
by Camille POIRAUD

Community gardening projects can have a profound positive impact on health, wellbeing and adult learning. Volunteers and workers have the opportunity to build vital skills, including those focused on food safety, the environment and science, as well as communication and teamwork skills that can then be applied to further education and meaningful careers. Everyone involved can benefit from boosting their mental and physical health by getting out in nature and having a positive impact on their local community. 

Wednesday 18 September 2019 to Friday 20 September 2019, Czech Republic

TCA Event: Centres of lifelong education established within universities: support for lifelong learning and social inclusion

Apply now for funding to attend the Erasmus+ Transnational Cooperation Activities' (TCA) event about Centres of lifelong education established within universities and the support they provide for lifelong learning and social inclusion. The deadline for applications is Monday, 1 July 2019.

Monday 23 September 2019 to Wednesday 25 September 2019, Ireland

TCA Event: Inclusion and Diversity Strategy

Apply now for funding to attend the Erasmus+ Transnational Cooperation Activities' (TCA) event in the field of 'Inclusion' to develop your understanding of strategic approaches to inclusion and diversity; how to start to thinking inclusively and how to start the process of development of the inclusion and diversity strategy. The deadline for applications is Monday 1 July 2019.

Monday 24 June 2019 to Tuesday 25 June 2019, United Kingdom

AELP Annual Conference 2019 – Skills for better productivity and social mobility

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) Conference 2019 will take place at the Park Plaza in London from 24 June to 25 June. The focus of the event will be on debating whether all levels of post-16 learning are truly open to everyone. Quality assurance methods for apprenticeships will be given special focus due to the fact that programme assessment in apprenticeship programmes are facing growing concern in terms of their capacity and consistency. There will also be the opportunity to attend a four-course gala dinner evening at an additional cost. 

Wednesday 8 May 2019, Spain

Jornada de puertas abiertas en el Centro Integrado de Formacion profesional del Mar de Gijón-Asturias


El Centro Integrado de Formación Profesional del Mar de Gijón (Asturias)  bajo el lema  “Pon rumbo a tu futuro y ven a vernos” abre sus puertas el próximo día  8 de mayo de 2019  para dar a conocer su oferta educativa y sus instalaciones. 

The concept of European citizenship can form the basis of educational activities, discussions and lesson plans. EPALE UK Ambassador Christophe Wells discusses the history of European citizenship, asks important questions and provides a helpful infograph. This resource can be used to add context to a lesson about citizenship and identity in Europe, or to provide adult learners with information on the topic.

In March 2018, The Department of Education and Skills of Ireland commissioned a review of career guidance tools and information provision at post-primary level up to further and higher education.

The review looked at the quality of information available in relation to career guidance, the sources of this information, and how the system is organised.

On the 24th April 2019 the resulting report was launched, and can be found here. 

Universities UK has created a framework that can be used to implement an effective mental health and wellbeing strategy across UK universities. It offers advice for tailoring the framework to individual universities and ensures that the benefits of taking a whole university approach, which incorporates senior leadership at all levels, is understood and harnessed. 

Due to the rising cost of textbooks and reduced university library budgets, four project teams from UK universities partnered to create the Institution as e-textbook publisher project, resulting in the production of two e-textbooks per institution and a helpful toolkit made in collaboration with JISC, that can be used by other institutions hoping to create their own e-textbooks. 

This resource was created by the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership ‘We Are One’ – Altogether Better. It is an e-inventory focusing on the discrimination of minorities in Europe, considering the reasons behind discrimination and what support can be offered to improve the experiences of minority groups. The partner countries include the UK, Spain, Italy and Sweden.

LearnersMot Erasmus+ project is being developed by the LearnersMot partnership. It addresses the issues of literacy and low educated as well as low skilled workers’ education. Prior to the literacy course that is yet to be developed and piloted, partners wrote a handbook to be used by adult educators intervening in companies.

The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE)  and Euroguidance Ireland host regular study visits with the aim of supporting the sharing of best practice in guidance among practitioners and other relevant professionals.

Between the 19th and 21st February 2019,  NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland hosted a study visit in Dublin with representatives from Belgium (Flanders), Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Romania.

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Povodom predstojeće Erazmus+ nedelje 30.10.-3.11.2017. godine, kao i Evropske nedelje stručnih veština, 24.-27.11.2017. godine, EPALE nacionalni tim organizuje vebinar i online diskusiju, sa fokusom na uspostavljanje saradnje u oblasti srednjeg stručnog obrazovanja.