Dear Reader,

The focus of the current issue of our Newsletter is on the New Skills Agenda and also on Workplace Learning, as EPALE is hosting Workplace Learning Week on 18-22 July. In addition we would like to share information with you about a new ERASMUS+ project with the participation of EBSN members.



The European Commission has adopted a new and comprehensive Skills Agenda for Europe with the aim is to ensure that the right training, the right skills and the right support is available to people in the European Union so that they are equipped for good-quality jobs and can fulfil their potential as confident, active citizens. It will ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe.

In JuneDana-Carmen Bachmann, Head of Unit for Vocational Learning and Adult Education (DG EMPL. European Commission) presented the Skills Agenda at the European Basic Skills Network Annual Conference in Ljubljana. You can watch the interview David Mallows made with her at the conference here.

10 ways to help equip people in Europe with better skills David Mallows on the New Skills Agenda (EPALE Blogs)

 More than 64 million Europeans fail to complete upper secondary education and there is a big difference in employment outcomes between those who do and those who don’t hold a secondary education qualification. What’s more, by 2025 employment opportunities for the low-qualified are expected to decrease by 10{45dd1fd917f9c5256ddd62f2bb60264c9fd035a788f5039a41e25e9de2257d18} and low-qualified workers are increasingly expected to be out-competed by medium-qualified workers in elementary occupations. Unemployment among the low-qualified is over three times higher than among high-qualified persons.

In response, the Commission has identified 10 actions under three specific areas for member states to focus their efforts. Read the details here.


Workplace learning provides workers with an opportunity to keep their knowledge, skills and competences up-to-date, acquire new skills, and improve their employability. It is beneficial for employees as well as for employers, as it increases competitiveness and productivity.

EPALE is on the lookout for articles, opinion blogs, resources and case studies about:

• blended learning

• work placements, work experience and job exchanges

• learning and development

• structured learning

• informal and non-formal learning or community learning in the workplace

If you have a blog post, news story, event, video or case study related to workplace learning, you can either send the content to the EBSN Secretariat secretariat@basicskills.eu and we will upload it to the appropriate place on EPALE, or you can also upload the content yourself if you are registered to EPALE. 

Workplace Learning is more than Learning at the Workplace (EPALE Blogs)

The current ET 2020 Working Group on Adult Learning is presently dedicated to workplace-related learning. The concept itself is already proving to be a challenge as fragmented political practices and large blind spots exist. Ultimately, education is almost always relevant for work, the workplace and the labour market.

What is "workplace learning"? Or should it rather be called "work-based learning" or even "workplace-related learning"? Read more on EPALE.

New Project

New project of intergenerational learning: GUTS

It takes GUTS to learn, no matter how old you are: Generations Using Training for Social Inclusion in 2020

The GUTS project with the participation of EBSN member organisations (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, bbb Büro für berufliche Bildungsplanung R. Klein & Partner GbR from Germany)aims to increase social inclusion of younger and older generations. By using cultural learning and education and building on the strengths and competences of both generations, GUTS seeks to create solidarity and links between young and old.   

As this is not always easy, GUTS will create an intergenerational, co-creative cultural learning model and will formulate recommendations for socio-cultural workers, local and regional governments. These recommendations will be based on test cases, results from practical workshops and research.

The GUTS project will focus on developing, testing and implementing 10 innovative, intergenerational and co-creative cultural learning areas. Project website


Best wishes


Zoltán Várkonyi, Zsolt Vincze, Katalin Damjanovich, Zoltán Szabó