The 2016 Adult Skills Conference in Brussels, 'Adult Skills: Empowering people' organized as part of the 1st European Vocational Skills Week, focused on the Commission's 'Skills Guarantee' or 'Upskilling Pathways' initiative that will help help adults with to acquire a level of literacy, numeracy and digital skills that will enable them to progress towards an upper secondary qualification or equivalent (EQF Level 3 or 4 depending on the country).
Now it is up to Member States to put in place, by mid-2018, the partnerships and structures to deliver on the three steps envisaged as integral to the creation of adult learning systems that are capable of meeting the pressing need to equip European adults for the challenges ahead. And the challenge is not only to improve individual employability, but also to promote personal development, encourage active citizenship and increase social inclusion. We believe that EBSN, through the expertise and experience of its members, can play a key role in supporting member states in preparing for this challlenge.
In this online discussion we invite you to join us in beginning to identify the challenges, and possible solutions to those challenges, in delivering the three stages of the Upskilling Pathways initiative:
1. An individual skills assessment.
2. A tailored package of education and training to fill any skills gaps.
3. Validation and recognition of the new skills acquired.
We will of course be focusing in particular on meeting the needs of adults with poor basic skills to ensure that they gain access to meaningful pathways that support them in realising their ambitions and engaging fully in society at all levels. Share with us any existing activity that is relevant as well as your future plans, your ambitions and your worries. But also feel free to post questions or requests for examples of good practice in any of the three stages or related areas.