This should support the use of micro-credentials by learners, workers and job seekers who can benefit from them. a short course or training). The e-survey reveals the heavy toll of the pandemic, with respondents reporting lower trust in institutions than at the onset, poorer mental wellbeing, a rise in unmet healthcare need and an increase in households experiencing energy poverty. On 23 May, the European Commission published its European Semester Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) and Country Reports, part of the Spring Package. These dynamics have major impacts on the demand for skills. Publications Office of the European Union, The Council of the European Union adopted a recommendation on key competences for lifelong learning in May 2018. Today, the Commission has taken an important step in helping Member States meet this target by presenting proposals for Council Recommendations on individual learning accounts and on micro-credentials, as announced in theSkills Agendaand in theEuropean Education Area Communicationof 2020. In the review and adoption of the "European Youth Pact" the Council of the European Union (2008) states that youth employment and participation in education and training should remain key objectives of the economic and social strategies by giving particular attention to young people with fewer opportunities. (Council of the European Union 2005a, p. 19).

Adult learning refers to a range of formal and informal learning activities, both general and vocational, undertaken by adults after leaving initial education and training. key principles for their design and issuance. Currently these networks represent more than 50 000 educational institutions and associations covering all sectors of formal, non-formal and informal learning. They enhance our understanding of how to respond to challenges in the field of adult learning and enable a better exchange of knowledge and experiences between countries. ETUCE, as a European-level social partner, has been monitoring and involved in consultations to establish strategies and major European Commission policies on education and training, such as the EU2020 / ET2020, Erasmus + (2014-2020) / Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013), Rethinking Education and European Area of Skills and Qualifications. To that end, the proposed Council Recommendation is addressing the main bottlenecks for people to embark on training today - motivation, time and funding - by asking Member States together with social partners to: The innovative aspect of this proposal is that it puts the individual directly at the centre of skills development. Displaced workers skills will likely become obsolete (since the jobs destroyed and those created require very different skillsets) and significant skills gaps may emerge (particularly where workers face changes in the skills required to do their jobs effectively)and so skills shortages. The risks and opportunities young people experience demand a cross-sectoral public youth policy that addresses the challenges and obstacles they face as they make the transition towards adulthood and that is based on the political objectives and guidelines adopted by local, regional, national or international bodies (Siurala 2005, p. 7). Our adult learning systems have a key role to play in this, but they are not up to the task. Adult learning has been identified as a focus topic of the European Education Area for the period 2021-2030. This would increase transparency as to the rights of mobile workers, while fostering mobility across the continent and strengthening the feeling of belonging to the European project. Adult learning is a vital part of the European Commission's lifelong learning policy. Its content reflects the views of the authors only. Is deliberative democracy a hopeless ideal? Thank you very much for your support! the Symposium on Non-Formal Education (Council of Europe 2001), the conference "Bridges for Recognition" (Bowyer 2005), the Partnership research seminar on recognising non-formal learning (Chisholm, Hoskins and Glahn 2005) and the expert workshop on the recognition of non-formal learning in the youth field "Continuing the Pathway towards Recognition" in 2008. The European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience includes ambitious actions to help people to develop their skills throughout life. Indeed, these already hamper the competitiveness and innovation capacity of firms and dampen growth and productivity across the European Union. People need to update their knowledge, skills and competences to fill the gap between their education and training and the demands of a rapidly changing labour market. It helps people to reflect on their ambitions, interests, qualifications, skills and talents and to relate this knowledge about who they are to who they might become in life and work. 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And then there are co-ordination challenges in government, with responsibilities for adult learning being almost systematically scattered across ministries, levels and actors. ETUCE response to the revision of the Lifelong Learning Programme and on creation of the Erasmus + (earlier so-called Erasmus for All) Programme is included into ETUC Position on the European Commission proposal "Erasmus for all" (2012), In the framework of a public consultation of the European Commission in 2010, ETUCE issued a Statement on Public Consultations on the future Lifelong Learning Programme, copyright 2022, European Trade Union Committee for Education, European Trade Union Committee for Education, European sectoral social dialogue in education (ESSDE), Attractiveness of the Teaching Profession, Education Trade Unions for Environmental Development, European Area of Skills and Qualifications, Erasmus+ Programme / Lifelong Learning Programme, ETUC Position on the European Commission proposal "Erasmus for all" (2012), Statement on Public Consultations on the future Lifelong Learning Programme, ETUCE Circular 2/2012: New Lifelong Learning Programme: Erasmus for All, ETUCE Circular 1/2012: Concerns of the stakeholders on the Erasmus for All initiative. Education and training is a key dimension of young people's circumstances, experiences and transition pathways, and so it is also a key area for youth policies at all levels. This website was produced with the financial support of the European Commission. Discover the Network of National Coordinators. This is elaborated in more detail in a recent reference document on this issue (Fennes and Otten 2008). 1:1 sessions ofCv Check, LinkedIn Coaching, Cover Letter Review, and Mock Interview with a Career Coach to suggest changes, explore careers and adapt job search tools. The proposal should be published in early December. Sofia Fernandes is senior research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute (Paris) and director of the Acadmie Notre Europe.

Upskilling pathways Thirdly, training can be poor in qualitya worry likely to intensify with the rise of online learning. For a better user experience please update your browser or use. The importance of voluntary youth work, the eminent role of youth trainers and youth training in general has been highlighted by the European Youth Forum (2008). LLLP joins the #LearningPlanet Community! The right to education, training and lifelong learning is enshrined in the European Pillar of Social Rights (principle 1). Once adopted by the Council, the Commission will support Member States, social partners and relevant partners in implementing these Council Recommendations. The new European Agenda for Adult learning outlines a vision of how adult learning should develop in Europe by 2030 in the following five priority areas, Find out more about the Council Resolution on a renewed European Agenda for Adult Learning. The European Commission staff working paper "A Memorandum on lifelong learning" (2000) set some of the basic grounds for the further development of youth policies in education and training by addressing the need for lifelong learning and explicitly pointing to aspects of non-formal learning taking place e.g. Micro-credentials certify the learning outcomes following a small learning experience (e.g. Selected Delegates tackle topics related to Youth, Global Health, Global Citizenship, Digital Cooperation and Inclusion. The powerful global network of, This year ATEE will hold their annual conference in Riga from the 29 31 August with theme To be, or not to be a great educator. To that end, Member States should agree on: The aim is to ensure that micro-credentials are of high quality and issued in a transparent way to build trust in what they certify. Within the context of the programme, 31 national agencies and eight resource centres, referred to as SALTO-YOUTH, reflect and implement youth policy, for instance through the improvement of the quality of training and the quality of projects and through promoting the recognition of non-formal learning, e.g. Please note that this website will be undergoing technical maintenance between 28 and 31 August. It is crucial that they adapt their provision and outreach to include learners from all stages of life. set up individual learning accounts and provide training entitlements for all adults of working age; define a list of labour-market relevant and quality-assured training that is eligible for funding from the individual learning accounts and make it accessible through a digital registry, for example from a mobile device; offer opportunities of career guidance and validation of previously acquired skills, as well as paid training leave. The present paper draws on European Union (EU) policies for Lifelong Learning, through thorough review of policy papers. However, too few people participate in regular learning activities after their initial education and training, as they often lack financial resources or time to improve and learn new skills or are not aware of learning opportunities and their benefits. There was a time when education and training were for life. Universities play a crucial role in furthering lifelong learning. Yet new jobs will also be created, in the care economy, in the domain of artificial intelligence and in the ecological arenain renewable energies, energy efficiency, the circular economy and waste management. The main aim is " to improve the instruction, training, mobility, employability and social inclusion of young Europeans, while facilitating the reconciliation of work and family life." While member states remain in the driving seat when it comes to adult education, the EU has an important role to play to ensure training systems are fit for the future. Making lifelong learning a reality in the EU, Airport chaos: security guards and cleaners still key, Swedens schools: Milton Friedmans wet dream, European union leaders on the fight for democracy. Not only does Erasmus provide a rich cultural experience in a new learning environment, it also cultivates better employment, The Youth Assembly will take place on August 12-14, 2022 in New York City with an eye on empowering young people to confront challenges, lead action-based projects, and make a difference in there community. In the longer term, national ILAs should be complemented by a European individual learning account, to make training rights not only portable across occupations and status but also across countries. This should enable people to learn new or additional skills in a tailored way, inclusive for all. The reference framework presents successful ways to promote competence development through innovative learning approaches, assessment methods or support to educational staff. And it often does not match the needs of the labour market, which means workers who do need to change occupation or even sector will not necessarily be provided with the means to make that professional transition. A Commission study Lifelong guidance policy and practice in the EU: trends, challenges and opportunities (2020) aims to provide career development support for individuals of all ages, at all career stages. In particular, the priorities of the Council of Europe's youth sector (2006-2008) emphasise human rights education, citizenship education and quality of youth work training (Council of Europe 2005). The European Commission works together with the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Trainings (CEDEFOP) CareersNet to support career guidance in Member States. Lastly, there is a collective underinvestment in adult learning: EU member states invest on average 0.5 per cent of gross domestic product in adult retraining and upskilling, compared with 4.6per cent of GDP in education as a whole. Please dont ask questions or put personal details in this form. Adopting instead a lifecycle perspective on skills developmentas a process of building, maintaining and improving skills throughout lifewill allow the benefits of social transformations to be reaped and their side-effects offset. Over the years, the Partnership has developed a widespread experience and played a pivotal role in the field of Training for Trainers, namely through the implementation and evaluation of A.T.T.E Other publications of the Youth Partnership, about European Citizenship training courses, about Trainers for Active Learning in Europe (TALE) A long-term Training for Trainers, 2008-2010, about Previous Training for Trainers experiences of the Youth Partnership, recommendation on education for democratic citizenship, Declaration of the 8th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth, resolution on the youth policy of the Council of Europe, European Parliament and Council of the European Union 2006, the Partnership research seminar on recognising non-formal learning, Continuing the Pathway towards Recognition, European Portfolio for youth educational advisers working in the context of non-formal education, Disclaimer - Council of Europe 2022 - photo credit. Business-led systems are meanwhile making access to training difficult for more and more people, with the rise in non-standard work and increasingly fragmented careers. ILAs attach training rights to the individual rather than her job or status. The Commission proposal seeks to make micro-credentials work across institutions, businesses, sectors and borders. It also explores the reality of living in a new era of uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine, inflation and rising energy prices. We apologise for the inconvenience. The proposals for a Council Recommendation on individual learning accounts and for a Council Recommendation on micro-credentials for lifelong learning and employability are two of the twelve flagship actions of the European Skills Agenda. The summer issue of the Progressive Post magazine from FEPS is out! Actions and initiatives at the European level enhance our understanding of how to respond to challenges in the field of adult learning. First, not enough adults trainonly around 38 per cent in the EUalthough there are major differences among member states. ETUCE has been an observer in the technical committee of the European Commission on Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013). In addition, thanks to ILAs, individuals can accumulate and transfer training entitlements as an evolving portfolio throughout their working life, no matter how many times they move from one job or employment status to another. a common definition of micro-credentials; standard elements for their description; and. The Network of National Coordinators promote adult learning in their respective EU country, provide policy advice and support and gather and disseminate best practices to national authorities. Secondly, those who need training the mostthe poorly educated, the unemployed and older people, as well as workers in elementary occupations, on non-standard contracts or working in small and medium enterprisestrain the least. They offer a flexible, targeted way to help people develop the knowledge, skills and competences they need for their personal and professional development. For this model to be sustainable, however, we depend on the solidarity of our readers. This has always been a reality. The European Commission has pledged, among other initiatives in the updated Skills Agenda for Europe, to explore individual learning accounts (ILAs) as a way to close gaps in access to training and empower adults to manage labour-market transitions successfully. A strong skill set opens up opportunities to individuals, provides a safety net in uncertain times, promotes inclusion and social advancement and provides the economy with the skilled labour force needed to grow and innovate. The conference will touch on a number of important themes ranging from teacher education policy, to inclusive and special needs education, to social justice, equity and diversity. By continuing you agree to the use of cookies. 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The recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the digital and green transitions have accelerated changes in how we live, learn and work. Equally, the youth programme of the Council of Europe reflects youth policy related to education and training. At the same time, European guidelines would ensure all ILA schemes were designed: This contribution by stakeholdersin particular the social partnersis crucial, to anticipate continuously the skills needed on tomorrows labour markets, as well as to inform workers, especially those most in need of up/reskilling, about available training opportunities. in the fields of non-formal and informal learning, education and training, employment and transition from education to employment (COM(2004)336), underlined the educational experience gained through non-formal learning in voluntary youth work (COM(2004)337) and outlined progress made for instance in the field of the recognition of the value of non-formal and informal education in youth activities (COM(2004)694). Comenius, Socrates and Leonardo da Vinci lost against Erasmus provides an overview on preparing the Erasmus+ Programme. Today, the Commission has taken an important step in helping Member States meet this target by presenting proposals for Council Recommendations on individual learning accounts and on micro-credentials. This guarantees that all workers, regardless of status, have access to trainingincluding non-standard workers, the self-employed and all those with a weaker link to their employer. It also calls on Member States to modulate funding according to individuals' needs for training. Together the proposals aim to support a culture of lifelong learning and to make learning more accessible and valued. Hence, in alignment with the Lisbon Strategy mandates (since 2010, renewed as Education and Training 2020), widening access and raising adult participation in education throughout lifespan emerged as a major component of sustainable economic growth and social cohesion reinforcement, so as to allow Europe to retain its strong global role. This year's WSI Minimum Wage Report highlights the feasibility of achieving minimum wages that meet this criterion, given the political will. #Launched by the Learning Planet Institute and UNESCO on the 24th of January 2020 on the occasion of the International Day of Education, #LearningPlanet is an open alliance with a cause, dedicated to learning stakeholders and communities. RE No. The Commission proposal aims to ensure that everyone has access to relevant training opportunities that are tailored to their needs, throughout life and independently of whether currently employed or not. Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. Find out what it is here:Link:, Learning is something that takes place across a variety of settings, both informal and formal, and across various points of time. European youth policies related to education and training reflect a strong connection between the main issues addressed: the promotion as well as the recognition of non-formal and informal education and learning on one hand and the promotion of participation, active and democratic citizenship, social inclusion, tolerance and cultural diversity on the other hand. The CSRs are to guide the reforms and investment that EU Member States will perform in the coming year. ETUCE and other organisations could not have a seat in the Erasmus+ Programme Committee (2014-2020). At European level, the main policy makers in this field are the European Union institutions (Council, Parliament and Commission) and the Council of Europe (Directorate-General for Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport) as well as European youth NGOs, in particular through their representation in the European Youth Forum.

Sacha Rangoni and Pierre-tienne Vandamme, Valerio Alfonso Bruno and Vittorio Emanuele Parsi. The reporting and monitoring for individual learning accounts will be done as part of the European Semester cycle. The Council of Europe's policy in this field is composed of a number of interrelated policies in the field of youth, education and training which have evolved since the 1970s. Have a read of the publication [], Same idea, new and refreshed style! Especially the European youth programme "Youth" (2000-2006), integrating two preceding programmes: "Youth for Europe" and a European voluntary service for young people, now followed by the "Youth in Action" programme (2007-2013) reflect European youth policy as well as contribute to it's further development (European Parliament and Council of the European Union 2006). The COVID-19 pandemic further accelerated the need for reskilling and upskilling of workforce to adapt to the changing labour market and meet demand in different sectors. Themed Dare to Reshape the World, The Youth Assembly is a global gathering of young leaders (ages 18 to 32), social entrepreneurs, and champions of sustainable development. The issue of recognition is linked to the increased emphasis given to quality in non-formal education and training in European youth, in particular in the youth programmes of the European Union and the Council of Europe mentioned above. And with an increase to 12 euro per hour planned for autumn 2022, Germany might now find itself promoted from laggard to minimum-wage trailblazer. Here, in short-form, we present some of the main points expressed in the reaction. All learners should achieve their full potential. The working group will support Member States in implementing the EUs vision for a European Education Area and the objectives, priorities and principles included in, Find out more about the Working Group on adult learning. Copyright 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Please click here to provide your feedback. This site is managed by the Directorate-General for Communication, Shared challenges in education and training, Aid, Development cooperation, Fundamental rights, About the European Commission's web presence, Follow the European Commission on social media. Actions and initiatives at the European level provide support to national institutions and individuals to increase the participation of adults in learning and training activities. Discover the new issue of HesaMag, the health and safety magazine with a European view (aussi disponible en franais), published twice a year by the ETUI, and take your seat for an exclusive journey through the day-to-day reality of transport workers across Europe, from Romanian drivers to Dutch dockers and French female flight attendants, just to name a few. The recommendation identifies eight key competences essential to citizens for personal fulfilment, a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, employability, active citizenship and social inclusion. EU policy in the field of adult learning Different aspects of non-formal education and training in the youth field, in particular training for European citizenship and quality and recognition of non-formal education are addressed by the Partnership on Youth between the Council of Europe and the European Commission, for instance through the implementation and evaluation of respective training courses, publications, etc. What of education in the European Semesters 2022 Country Specific Recommendations? The gulf is especially wide for low-educated adults in the EU, whose average participation in training is 40percentage points below that of high-skilled adults (18 per cent against 58 per cent respectively). The proposals will be negotiated with Member States. It includes thematic papers, research papers, innovative practices and discussion papers. to be inclusive, by offering more support, guidance and information, skills assessment and validation for specific disadvantaged groups; to foster relevant and high-quality training, through certification, learners rating systems, skills anticipation and top-ups from various stakeholders to promote in-demand skills, and. We use cookies to help provide and enhance our service and tailor content and ads. It is a long-term initiative with a mission to gather players from around the world in order to identify, celebrate, enhance and scale up innovative educational solutions towards sustainable []. Find out more in the Council Resolution on a strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training. Youth policy in the field of education and training is approached from two perspectives: from the perspective of youth and young people, where youth policy addresses or refers to young people's learning; and from the perspective of other sectors and policy domains for which the education and training of young people is a major or a secondary concern in the first instance in education, training and employment policies, but more broadly also in social, family and health policies. Learn more about the European Pillar of Social Rights. to contribute to synergies among stakeholders within the training ecosystem. ILAs should not though be a substitute, one-size-fits-all solution. It offers compelling analysis on: the energy-crisis challenge, Ukraine war, western Balkans, enlargement, housing crisis, rural areas, minimum wage and much more! Her research focuses on European employment and social policies and European economic governance. Social Europe is an independent publisher and we believe in freely available content. Too few people participate in regular learning after initial education across Europe. This can be seen in the following overview: Following wide-ranging consultation at national and European levels, the White Paper "A new impetus for European Youth" (2001) emphasised young Europeans as citizens in their own right, underlining autonomy and participation in the framework of active citizenship. In line with the headline target of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, 60% of all adults should be participating in training every year by 2030. The Lifelong Learning Platform is an umbrella that gathers 42 European organisations active in the field of education, training and youth. First instruments for the promotion of recognition have been developed: a European Portfolio for youth educational advisers working in the context of non-formal education by the Council of Europe and Youthpass within the Youth in Action Programme of the European Union. Adult learning also contributes to improving social cohesion and promotes active citizenship. Their national design would guarantee that they were adapted to each countrys specificities. Ambitious objectives set at the Lisbon Council, in 2000, legitimised enforcement of a coherent European education policy.