OECD says boosting adult learning essential


Earlier this year the OECD published a report on the need to boost adult learning to help people adapt to future of work. The report, Getting Skills Right: Future-Ready Adult Learning Systems, says that new technologies, globalisation and population ageing are changing the quantity and quality of jobs as well as the skills they require. Providing better skilling and re-skilling opportunities to workers affected by these changes is essential to make sure the future works for all.

There is a particular need for more disadvantaged people to get involved in learning.

UK Report on dealing with inequality

A newly released report State of the Nation 2019: Social Mobility in Great Britain, notes that “inequality is still deeply entrenched in Britain: there is a persistent gap in early literacy; the attainment gap at the end of secondary school has hardly shifted since 2014 and the better off are nearly 80 per cent more likely to end up in a professional job than those from a working-class background.”

The authors have identified the barriers that disadvantaged people face and make recommendations which are designed to help disadvantaged people fulfil their potential.

Upskilling Pathways – new opportunities for EU adults

EU adult education

In 2016, in response to a finding that close to 70 million Europeans struggle with basic reading and writing; calculation; and using digital tools in everyday life – the European Commission (EC) adopted a recommendation on Upskilling Pathways.

In February 2019, based on information provided by the Member States, the Commission published a staff working document taking stock of their implementation plans and progress.

Partnerships and cooperation in Adult Education: an EAEA perspective


The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) is the voice of non-formal education in Europe.

At the end of last year they published a background paper on Partnerships and Cooperation in Adult Education. It addressed the following questions: why cooperate?; What encourages successful cooperation? What hinders cooperation? Recommendations for establishing successful cooperation; and Conclusions – the strength lies in cooperation.

Here are the opening paragraphs:

Community Leadership Fund

This government fund is for building leadership capacity in communities

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations with a national focus, whose main role is to provide leadership and build capability:

  • across the whole community and voluntary sector, or
  • within a specific interest area of the community and voluntary sector.

Grants are made to organisations whose requests show how they will achieve and measure these outcomes: