The role of the Education and Training Working Group on Adult Learning 2016-2018 was to identify policies that promote and support workplace learning of adults, covering:
– adults struggling with reading, writing, making simple calculations and using digital tools;
– adults with medium skills in need of up-skilling.
This report presents the outcomes of its work. It identifies key messages for policy development along with case studies to inspire new thinking. For all adults, learning in the workplace could be an alternative route to obtaining higher level, or more relevant, skills to equip them better to confront the emerging challenges associated with mega-trends such as automation, digitalisation and globalisation. As adults spend a large share of their time in the workplace, the workplace is an important learning environment; it is the place to develop not only job-related skills but also basic and transversal competences that make people more resilient to changes in their career and life. For all these reasons, the Working Group believes that promoting adult learning in the workplace needs to become a political priority and be translated into concrete actions.
“As the types of skills needed in the labour market change rapidly, individual workers will have to engage in lifelong learning if they are to achieve ful lling and rewarding careers”. In today’s fast-changing world, every country needs to be sure that its workforce has the right skills for the labour market; every employer needs to be sure that its employees have the right skills set to remain competitive; and every adult needs to keep updating and extending his or her skills in order to remain employable and to play a full part in society.
Adult learning in the workplace that responds to individuals’, employers’ and societal demands needs to become a policy priority. This requires:
Adult learning in the workplace can make a significant contribution because it:
- Is an accessible and attractive way for adults to maintain and update the knowledge and skills they need for life, at work and at home
- Is an e cient and effective way for employers to keep their employees’ skill sets up to date, motivate their workforce and improve staff retention, as well as to improve competitiveness
- Is an economical and targeted way for Member States to increase their productivity, innovation and modernisation, maintain their competitiveness and employment rates and raise overall skills levels
- Supports social and economic(re-)integration of vulnerable groups, inclusion, social cohesion and equality
- Meets individuals’, employers’ and society’s needs for greater adaptability to better prepare for future skills needs, mitigating projected skills shortages
- Improves adults’ lifelong employability
Why promote adult learning?
Adult learning – any learning that takes place a er leaving formal initial education and training – brings considerable bene ts for learners themselves, for employers and for the wider community (see below).
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Promoting adult learning in the workplace – Publications Office of the EU