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EBSN / EPALE discussion - What works in workplace basic skills?

by Zsolt Vincze

From Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th September the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) will be hosting an online discussion about Workplace Basic Skills on EPALE moderated by Rosemarie Klein and Dieter Zisenis from the German research and consultancy organization Büro für berufliche Bildungsplanung (bbb).

We would like to hear from anyone who has been involved in workplace basic skills training or is interested in developing expertise in this area.

The discussion will be open from Wednesday, 14th September, 10.00 CET. Please join us and share your thoughts and experiences! 


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  • Portrait de Pellegrino Marsala
    Oltre che sul luogo di lavoro, l'apprendimento, a mio parere, è più agevolato quando si va in vacanza. Svolgere vacanze in comunità diversificate agevola la conoscenza, il rapporto umano e l'interesse a conoscere le diverse sfaccettature del linguaggio altri
  • Portrait de Pellegrino Marsala
    Oltre che sul luogo di lavoro, l'apprendimento, a mio parere, è più agevolato quando si va in vacanza. Svolgere vacanze in comunità diversificate agevola la conoscenza, il rapporto umano e l'interesse a conoscere le diverse sfaccettature del linguaggio altri
  • Portrait de Paul HOLDSWORTH

    Hi Karsten

    Just for my info, I was wondering what kind of needs analysis you did amongst potential learners before desiging your intervention?



  • Portrait de Zsolt Vincze

    Dear All,

    Thank you for all your valuable and interesting comments and posts shared in the last three days. We intend to continue this discussion, but from now without any limited timeframe, gathering more interesting experiences and initiatives in the field of workplace learning. The platform for further discussions will be also on EPALE on the Community of Practice called 'EBSN forum - Workplace Literacy', open for any interested EPALE user. For joining this discussion you have to select the ''EBSN forum - Workplace Literacy' from the list of Communities of Practice available here and simply subscribe. 

    The summary of the present three-day discussion will be also published on EBSN forum - Workplace Literacy.

    Looking forward to meeting you there soon!

    The EBSN Team

  • Portrait de Rosemarie Klein

    ... at the EPALE Community of practice, which you find here:

    You will find some more information on that later on.

    I would like to say: Thanks to all of you for sharing so many experiences, success factors and obstacles. 



  • Portrait de Rosemarie Klein

    for your contributions!!!


  • Portrait de CONEDU Austria

    Thank you all for bringing thus rich experiences and lively impressions and insights into this discussion! 

  • Portrait de Dieter Zisenis

    thanks for this wonderful presentation!

  • Portrait de Sabine Schwarz


    my name is Sabine Schwarz. I'm responsible for the work place basic education sector of Lernende Region Netzwerk Köln e.V. I provide training courses, councelling and workshops in adult education for many years. Since 2008 I focus on basic education and literacy with a research project at the University of Cologne. At the moment, I focus on basic work place education.

    Within the last 4 years in different projects dealing with work place basic education nearly 800 employees in small, medium and big-sized companies have been reached. Topics of the workshops and training courses were reading, writing, arithmetic, IT competencies, communication, health care, cultural education etc.

    Based on these experiences I raise different thesis which you can find here:

    I'm looking forward to your comments.

    Best regards

    Sabine Schwarz

  • Portrait de Thomas Aigner



    I'm Thomas Aigner, founding member of the AoG Network NRW ( We are an association of trainers and coaches for workplace basic skills and work as network closely with the Gruwe project (workplace basic skills moves companies) (

    Our experiences show that we certainly encounter in the company with the topic on interest. Interest does not mean, however, at the same time that they see a need. It is unusual for them to take the low-skilled workers in the view of personal development. The argumentation in the contribution of Lorén Sombetzki I share. The challenge is the question of how and where the communication can be made with and in companies.

    For this purpose, five experiences:

    - First of all it is important to have an own position and argumentation why one stands up for workplace basic skills rsp. believes that personal development of low-skilled workers for the value chain in business is important. This is to show position, to be a competent communicator for talking with company-representatives but not to convince for workplace basic skills!

    - We achieve great attention when we clearly point out that workplace basic skills is a training, which is taylormade, demand-driven,, work-oriented which means: learning to solve real challenges at the workplace. So a development which starts „where the shoe pinches“. And then we talk about where improvements in this company would be necessary.

    - Good access to get into conversation with company representatives, are company-networks and personnel developer networks or events like business-breakfast or business-dinner. They show interest, to deal with new topics and issues. There we show short and clearly our offer and go as fast as possible in a discussion or in dialog with interested representatives.

    - A good opener for our topic are the companies that have already made the experience with us ". Workplace basic skills is a useful offer." Utility is the goal of education for companies: Has the employee developed and shows job content requirements as Telephone communication with customers better? Are workflows and coordination between colleagues now smoother?

    - We have developed and edited a good-practice brochure about workplace basic skills together with some companies which consequently tells about workplace basic skills from the perspective of company-representatives and trainers.