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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


National policies and funding

Both the Department for Education and regulatory body for exams and testing, Ofqual, have launched consultations for the new digital skills qualifications. The DfE’s consultation will consider content to be included in the courses and Ofqual’s consultation will focus on effective regulation of the qualifications.

Small Community Action Grant applications for local communities in Derbyshire are now open. Successful grants will be of a value up to £2,500 and will enable communities to better support the most vulnerable individuals in their local areas. To be declared successful, funding projects must meet one of the seven Derbyshire Police and Crime Plan priorities, which are listed in the article.

The Community Safety Development Fund provides grants of up to £20,000 to community projects that aim to keep communities safe and secure. The hope is that these projects will allow for local areas to succeed and experience improved wellbeing. The 2019-2020 funding is now open for applications and applications must meet one of the seven Police and Crime Plan priorities, listed in the article.

ESB (an Irish energy company) has made an 'Energy for Generations Fund' available to help address some of the key social issues facing Ireland today. 'Education Access and Support' is one of the fund's three main pillars of focus, alongside the issues of suicide and homelessness. 

The participation rate in adult life-long learning has risen to an all-time record level. According to the latest data, 19.7% of Estonian citizens aged 25-64 participated in adult learning last year, which is 2.5% more than in 2017. This placed Estonia fourth among European Union member states.

The WeB4YES (Western Balkan Civil Society Organisations for Youth Employment Support) project has been supported under the framework of the Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2016 – 2017 Consolidating Regional Thematic Networks of Civil Society Organisations by the European Commission. The project coordinator is Belgrade Open School and the partners on the project are: Beyond Barriers Association (Tirana, Albania), Associati

The regular, 11th meeting of contact persons for adult education within relevant institutions was held on 11th and 12th of April in Brčko in organisation of DVV International and the Department for Education of the Government of District Brčko B&H.

The Government of Serbia approved the annual Adult Education Plan for 2019.

In accordance with this plan, 529.839.000 dinars (about 450.000 euros) were allocated for adult education, based on the needs of the labor market, more rational usage of existing educational capacities, and bearing in mind the different developmental features of certain areas, the press service of the Government of Serbia stated.

4 avenues to explore to support a cultural revolution. Change is not about the conditional legal recognition of what many companies consider to be on-the-job training. The opportunity to finance workplace learning (WL) will quickly face the challenges of cultural change and the traceability rules of financiers, which, in most cases, could be resolved through the provision of feedback. Also to overcome too much appropriation by companies, here are several avenues to explore that focus on the objective of WL rather than its use. Intended for financiers, training professionals and anyone else who wishes to “think outside the box”.

“Let’s talk about Europe!” That was the slogan of the “Citizens’ Dialogue on Europe’s Future” (in German: Bürgerdialog zur Zukunft Europas), which took place between August and October 2018 at around 30 adult education centres from ten federal states in Germany. Following the success of that series, the report about the Europe dialogue was dispatched to Brussels. At present, numerous adult education centres are also focusing on the upcoming European elections. Their efforts include arranging conversations between interested citizens and candidates for the European Parliament. Read more about the project here.

22 May 2019
by Lisa Freigang

In this blog AONTAS, Ireland's national adult learning organisation, discuss their recent attendance at an Awareness Raising and Guidance Peer Learning Activity (PLA) in Luxembourg with two adult learners who shared their expeince of adult education and the importance it has had on their lives, and the importance of the voice of the learner in adult education.

25 April 2019
by Katie O'Rourke

This post considers the British citizenship test and the language skills requirement. Different exam options are mentioned, but the focus is on IELTS – the most popular English language skills test. Advice is given to teachers on how to prepare students for the exam and also suggests suitable resources from leading publishers that can be used to assist them in delivering language skills lessons. 

In this post, University of Glasgow researcher Ellen Vanderhoven presents key findings and recommendations generated from the Horizon 2020 project Policies Supporting Young Adults in their Life Course: A Comparative Study of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe (YOUNG_ADULLLT). The findings aid understanding of changes to the skills policy landscape in Scotland and the European Union more broadly and offer recommendations for the development of lifelong learning and skills policies in Scotland.

It is important that people take part in social discourse and are active in their communities. This promotes a sense of solidarity and the basic values of democracy both at an individual level and to a wider extent in society. Citizenship education aims to increase such activity. Above all else, citizenship education means increasing awareness about each person’s rights, opportunities and means of making a difference.

Wednesday 4 September 2019 to Monday 9 September 2019, Estonia

Contact Seminar "Enhancing Digital Competences in Education and Training"

Apply now for funding to attend the Erasmus+ Transnational Cooperation Activities' (TCA) event to find partners with similar interests and develop ideas for the new Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships on the issue of ICT and digital skills. The deadline for applications is Monday, 1 July 2019.

Monday 1 July 2019, Germany

Veranstaltungsreihe: "Rückfall in eine autoritäre Zukunft?" – Autoritäre Tendenzen als Herausforderung für politische Bildung

Die Debatten darüber, ob mit rechtspopulistischen Akteuren gesprochen und diese zu Veranstaltungen eingeladen werden sollen, verdecken die viel grundlegenderen Herausforderungen. Welches Verständnis von Demokratie und Menschenrechten liegt der politischen Bildung zugrunde? Welche Rolle und welches Selbstverständnis haben Akteure der politischen Bildung?

Thursday 4 July 2019

Participer au webinaire EPALE France "Déposer son projet Erasmus+ pour l'éducation des adultes"

Bénévoles, salariés du secteur associatif, acteurs de la formation, de l'insertion, de l’économie sociale et solidaire ou encore dans l'ingénierie pédagogique… Vous êtes à la recherche de financements pour développer vos projets européens ? 


Monday 13 May 2019 to Friday 31 May 2019, Poland

Praktyka dla Praktyka

„Praktyka dla praktyka” jest ogólnopolskim programem wymiany bibliotekarzy. To niepowtarzalna okazja dla pracowników bibliotek do zdobycia doświadczenia zawodowego, nowych inspiracji i nawiązania interesujących kontaktów zawodowych.

The European Commission has recently published a new synthesis report on the current situation of national adult learning policies and systems across the EU-28. The report brings together findings fron a set of full country reports updated in 2017. The link for the full country report for the UK and a brief of its content can be found here.

This synthesis report considers the current situation of national adult learning policies and systems across the EU-28. The report brings together the findings from a set of country reports that were previously completed for each Member State by a set of country experts. The report reflects on the complex adult learning policy and financing frameworks, national targets and interventions, as well as their strengths and weaknesses and the reforms that are needed in the systems that are in place in Member States. 

The Hardman Trust have now released their 2019-2020 directory and it is free to download for both prisoners and prison staff from their website. The Harman Directory is a free practical guide that helps prisoners and those recently released from prison to find supplementary support and other kinds of financial support.  

The Inspiring Impact and the Impact Management programmes have merged and delivered many useful resources to assist small or medium sized charities to measure the impact of their work. The Inspiring Impact and the Impact Management programmes have merged and delivered many useful resources to assist small or medium sized charities to measure the impact of their work. The Inspiring Impact and the Impact Management programmes have merged and delivered many useful resources to assist small or medium sized charities to measure the impact of their work. 

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. 

Kaikkien Vaalit (Our Election) is Moniheli's democracy education activity. The goal of the #KaikkienVaalit campaign is to promote the participation and influencing of immigrants in the Finnish society. The Helsinki workshops and events are supported by the City of Helsinki's integration grant, but the workshop materials are freely available for all!

This publication presents readers with an inventory of adult basic education and basic skills programmes in the form of 35 system descriptions covering 32 countries. The data used in this publication covered a range of areas related to learning opportunities for adults with low basic skills, or low level or no qualifications. Large-scale programmes intended to support adults in acquiring basic skills were in the centre of enquiry.

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As a follow-up to our discussion on the needs of adult learning support from the EU, we would like you to share your opinion on any of the topics below. Engage with your peers from across Europe in this online discussion moderated by EPALE Thematic Coordinator Markus Palmen.


In Montenegro, other/additional qualifications are recognized by the Law on National Qualifications Framework.  Following the consideration of concept of other qualifications, the Qualifications Council started classification of other/additional qualifications into Montenegrin Qualifications Framework.

Classification procedure is initiated by the submission of initiative for other/additional qualification which contains the following elements: