Europe and International

As the UK National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning, we are working towards making lifelong learning a reality by improving the quality of education and training, promoting active citizenship through adult learning, and encouraging innovative learning environments. We’re working with partners and stakeholders across the UK – with representation from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – and Europe sharing good practice policy messages between member states.

The full summary of our work during the first two years of the programme (October 2012 – September 2014), features projects and activities thematically against the five priorities for the European Agenda for Adult Learning:

  • Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality.
  • Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training.
  • Promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship through adult learning.
  • Enhancing the creativity and innovation of adults and their learning environments.
  • Improving the knowledge base on adult learning and monitoring the adult learning sector.

Our eight projects identified and shared good practice, developed strategies to engage excluded and marginalised groups in learning, reviewed existing research on participation, and created communities of practice across the UK working on specific areas of development. Find our related resources here.

To share the outcomes widely, we worked with the European Association for the Education of Adults(EAEA), the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN), and with the National Agency for the Lifelong Learning Programme to align our activity with the Erasmus+ programme. We also used high-profile platforms likeAdult Learners’ Week and The Skills Show (World Skills UK), and we engaged UK politicians and policy-makers through face-to-face meetings, seminars, published documents, social media and large-scale conferences.

We are delivering this programme of work on behalf of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the European Commission for the European Union’s Agenda for Adult Learning.

We also continue to support the UNESCO Literacy Working Group and later this year we will host a seminar on adult literacy in International Development.