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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.

Upskilling Pathways targets adults with a low level of skills, e.g. those without upper secondary education and who are not eligible for Youth Guarantee support. They may be in employment, unemployed or economically inactive, with a need to strengthen basic skills. Member States may define priority target groups for this initiative depending on the national circumstances.

To boost access to and take up of quality learning opportunities, adults with low levels of skills would have access to Upskilling Pathways in three key steps: Skills assessment; Learning offer; and validation and recognition.

Delivery will build on existing structures and vary across Member States. Click here to find out more.

You can also read about the European Association for the Education of Adult’s (EAEA) reaction and further recommendations on Upskilling Pathways.