Dear Reader,

There has been a lot going on in September on EPALE including EBSN’s Community of Practice which started with the first online discussion on Workplace Basic Skills in the middle of September. The second online event will take place on 5-6 October and will be focusing on Creation and Implementation of National Policy for Basic Skills Provision.

In the current issue of the EBSN-EPALE newsletter you can read more about this event and as usual, we have collected some interesting events, news, resources and blogs from EPALE. 


The Creation and Implementation of National Policy for Basic Skills Provision: online discussion

The European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) Community of Practice on Creation and Implementation of National Policy for Basic Skills Provision is being launched as an EPALE online event on October 5th and 6th.

Join us to discuss:

• The role Basic Skills provision plays in the New European Commission Skills Agenda, particularly in connection with the Skills Guarantee

• Cohesion and transversal cooperation as success factor for efficient national policies

• The tension between Employability and Inclusion as objectives for national basic skills policy.

The discussion will be moderated by Inez Bailey (NALA, Ireland) and Graciela Sbertoli (VOX, Norway).

Read and watch more on this here.


Upskilling, re-skilling and employing refugees

Upskilling, re-skiling and employing refugees is a one day experts’ forum which is co-organised by Cedefop and OECD and will take place on Monday, 3 October 2016 in Rome.

The forum will examine the role of VET and VET-related skill development strategies as part of pre-arrival (transition countries) and national solutions (host countries) aimed at early labour market integration of the current wave of adult people in clear need of international protection.

Discussions are expected to have both a technical and policy nature, and will be interdisciplinary with issues touching upon VET, active labour market policies and migration.

AEDIPE - 50th international conference - The future of work

On 6-7 October 2016AEDIPE, the Spanish Association for People Management and Development will hold the Association’s 50th International Congress at the Baluarte Conference Centre in Pamplona, Spain. With the slogan “The future of work”, the organisers want the Congress to act as a space in which to share reflections, knowledge and experiences, and to participate in making suggestions.

They hope to attract not only members of the Association and human resources professionals, but also CEOs, heads of other functions, academia and social agents (administration, trade unions, the field of education, social organisations, etc.) interested in analysing the trends that affect the future of work and its impact on society, companies and people.

Making Learning Visible

Validation of non-formal and informal learning is about making visible and giving value to this diverse and often unique learning. One major purpose of validation is to make it possible for individuals to take advantage of the outcomes of their learning experiences and use them to gain access to employment and/or education opportunities.

The conference on “How to make learning visible” takes place in Thessaloniki, Greece Monday, 28 November and Tuesday, 29 November 2016.

The European Vocational Skills Week

Vocational education and training (VET) is evolving in exciting ways all across Europe. The European Commission organises the first European Vocational Skills Week to inspire people to discover and use their talent through vocational training. The organisers want to showcase high-quality VET programmes as a stepping stone to fulfilling careers. And, ultimately, to help make sure that people have the skills they need in a fast-changing labour market. Events will take place across Europe – in Member States, EFTA and EU Candidate countries – demonstrating the critical role of VET in supporting skills, jobs, innovation and competitiveness.

The event takes place in Brussels, Belgium between 5 and 9 December 2016.


We are all Digital Natives - Collected Practices. Improving the Digital Dimension in Education. Practices, Guidelines and Assessment of Digital Tools in Teaching and Training.

The eBook is the result of the Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership We are all “Digital Natives - Sharing Digital Methods for Digital Citizens”.

Guideline for seniors: easy way to use ICTs

LLP Grundtvig learning partnership "Feeling Younger by Getting Older" presents Guideline for seniors: easy way to use ICTs. The main aims of the project were:

• to promote the creation of a culture of active ageing as a lifelong process;

• to ensure the rapidly growing population of people who are currently in their late 50s and over will have opportunities for employment and active participation in social and family life, including through volunteering, lifelong learning, cultural expression and sports;

• to involve young generations in these activities.


International expert selection methodology for developing the Methodology of writing learning outcomes

Within the project “National Coordinators for the Implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning” co-financed by EU, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, contract number 2015–2770/001–001, project number –567464–EPP–1–2015–1–RO–EPPKA3–AL–AGENDA, ERASMUS+, Autoritatea Nationala pentru Calificari selects 1 international expert for developing the Methodology of writing learning outcomes. The selection methodology is available on the website


Handwriting is Cool!

Marijana Jazbec writes about the aim of the campaign in Slovenia to raise awareness of handwriting, to establish a positive attitude towards handwriting, to emphasise the significance of development of individuality, and to promote respect and affection for this skill. Read the complete blog here.

Adult language learning: stepping outside the box

Language learning can be inspiring, lots of fun and one of the best things you’ve ever done. Recently, I heard a speech by someone who had researched brain activity, and evidently there’s new research that shows that our nerve connections continue to be renewed when confronted with new information (in the past, it was assumed that this stopped once we have reached adulthood). Learning languages was mentioned as the fountain of youth.

Read Gina Ebner’s (EAEA) blog in complete here

Supporting work-related second language learning for adult migrants

Economies across Europe depend heavily on migrant workers in many areas, a situation that demography alone suggests will continue for the foreseeable future. While it does, the issue of how best to support the integration of adult migrants will continue to engage policy makers, researchers and a wide range of practitioners.

Read the complete blog post here.


Best wishes


Zoltán Várkonyi, Zsolt Vincze, Katalin Damjanovich, Zoltán Szabó