Dear Reader,

Autumn has been busy on EPALE. Please read our latest update on what has been happening in the EPALE Community.


EBSN Community of Practice

The EBSN Community of Practice on Creation and Implementation of National Policy for Basic Skills Provision was launched as an EPALE online event on October 5th and 6th. 

Participants joined in to discuss (in writing):

• 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 two-day event has now ended, but the discussion continues! Register and join us to discuss the above mentioned themes, each in their own thread, or suggest a new thread within the main theme. To join the discussion please subscribe to the Community of Practice: https://ec.europa.eu/epale/en/communities-of-practice . Click on 'Subscribe to group' below the EBSN forum - Creation and Implementation of National Policy for Basic Skills Provision. 


Numeracy for Advanced Manufacturing by David Mallows

We all know that the workplace is changing quickly, and that it is being driven by advances in technology. Indeed, nowhere is the impact of technology on the workplace more apparent than in advanced manufacturing, a sector with relevant implications for the health of the broader European economy.

It is against this background that the EU-funded NAMA project was launched three years ago, to help machine tool builders and advanced manufacturers handle the implications of technological change. 

You can read the complete post on EPALE.


EPALE in Action: Share, Learn, Collaborate

17 November 2016, Birmingham, UK

The conference will be a celebration of the online community that has enabled UK organisations, institutions and individuals to showcase, disseminate, collaborate and explore the pan European platform. It is also a place to find out more about EPALE: discussions, resources, partnerships and the wider community.

Open to teachers, trainers, researchers, academics, policy makers and anyone else with a professional role in adult learning all will have the opportunity to explore an array of workshops within our Community Spaces, delivered by organisations and individuals.

Read more here.

Maths Week Workshops 2016

Friday 21 October 2016, Navan, Ireland

NALA and the ETBs (Education and Training Boards) are hosting a series of half-day numeracy workshops at different locations around the Ireland: If you are interested in improving your numeracy teaching skills, why not book in to one or more of these workshops.

Integrating Digital Education in Adult Literacy - IDEAL project dissemination seminar in Finland

Friday 14 October 2016, Helsinki, Finland

Adult educator, is digitalization making you anxious?

International seminar of the IDEAL project will take place in Paasitorni, Helsinki, on Friday 14, 2016.

The objective of the seminar is to share practical tools on how to integrate ICT/digital methods in teaching adults with immigrant backgrounds. You belong to the target group of the seminar if you are:

• Adult education teacher or trainer in vocational or adult education

• Staff member of volunteer working with refugees or immigrant training

• Just interested in digital methods and adult education.

Read more here.


Employee Skills Survey

The objective of this research is to collect solid evidence about the number of employees in different sectors of the Maltese economy and undertake a skills forecast in terms of the number of staff required / decreased in the medium and long-term. Besides that, the survey collects data on recent recruitments, types of vacancies that are hard to fill and the reasons for such situations. It also aims to collect data on the level of qualification held by employees in different sectors of the Maltese economy, their knowledge, skills and competences as well as their training needs during their employment. 

Read more here


Learning happens at all times / Lärande sker hela tiden (in Swedish)

Raising awareness about everyday learning can make it more effective for everyone. Learning occurs all the times. Read Calle Hedrén’s interview with Marianne Döösin Swedish on her research on learning at the workplace and how it is organized. In the interview she also talks about shared leadership and how it benefits businesses.

Att öka medvetenheten kring sitt vardagslärande kan göra att det blir mer effektivt. Vardagslärandet pågår samtidigt som man utför sina vanliga arbetsuppgifter. Lärandet sker hela tiden. På Pedagog Stockholms webbsida kan man läsa en intervju av Calle Hedrén med Marianne Döös som forskar kring lärande i arbetslivet och hur det organiseras. I intervjun berättar även Marianne Döös om forskning kring delat ledarskap och hur det gynnar en verksamhet.

Read the complete article in Swedish here


Best wishes


Zoltán Várkonyi, Zsolt Vincze, Katalin Damjanovich, Zoltán Szabó