Dear Reader,

Workplace learning is an important part of lifelong learning. It is a great tool to develop employees and maintain their effectiveness. As EPALE’s focus in August is on workplace learning, this month’s newsletter has been organized around this interesting topic, including some earlier content you might have missed.

News and Events

12 or 13 September 2017

EBSN member, Learning and Work Institute (L&W) invites you to join the What Employers Want Webinar. It is an innovative programme which brings unemployed young people together with local employers so they get to hear first-hand what skills, qualities and experience are most important to employers when they are recruiting a young person.

The programme adds to the evidence base on what employers want and supports young people to develop a range of skills and improve their chances of entering and progressing in work.

Join the free webinar which will:

• provide an overview of the What Employers Want programme and its impacts on the young people, employers and organisations involved  

• discuss how the programme can be used flexibly by those working with young people to best meet their needs

• provide practical insight from a recent project into how the programme is being delivered 

• provide details on how to get involved, including an introduction to our free resources and a Q&A session

You can join the webinar on one of the following dates:

12 September, 11:00 - 12:00


13 September, 14:00 - 15:00

New open call for tenders on the potential of work-based learning in developing Upskilling Pathways for adults

Cedefop has launched a call for tender on “The potential of work-based learning in developing Upskilling Pathways for adults”.

The purpose of this study is to understand the potential of work-based learning programmes in developing upskilling pathways type of schemes for adults.  The contractor, in close cooperation with Cedefop project manager(s) will develop a methodology, which exploiting the potential of work-based learning, addresses the upskilling of adults in a coherent and systematic manner.  As part of this methodology, the contractor shall develop an analytical framework for upskilling adults, which may support policy makers and other relevant stakeholders in designing and implementing upskilling pathways type schemes for adults.

Deadline for submission of tenders: 07/09/2017 (17h00 for hand-delivered).

Find more information on EPALE.


In the week of September 4th EPALE / EBSN will be hosting an online discussion of adult literacy in celebration of the International Literacy Day. We will focus on approaches to improving adults’ literacy and ways to attract adults to provision and motivate them to stay.  Do not forget to register and join!


The first attempts successful – work-based vocational education is possible in Latvia
by Līga Menģelsone is Director General of the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia 

Līga Menģelsone writes about significant development potentials of work-based vocational education in her blog which has just been published on EPALE.

A European Roadmap for Work-related Basik Skills
by Alex Stevenson

In this blog-post Alex Stevenson from the National Learning & Work Institute (UK) provides an insight into the experience and results of the Erasmus+ project called STRAIGHTEN Basic Skills. The three-year-long project has been examining how to unlock the potential of the workplace as a natural location for learning and will come to an end in September. The partners have now concluded their work with the final project output – a ‘European Roadmap’ for work-related basic skills. As well as summarising the main lessons of the project, it highlights ways in which policymakers, providers and practitioners can take forward and develop basic skills in the work place. Read more about the project results on EPALE.

The Evolution of Workplace Learning

Workplace learning has evolved dramatically but at no point has the pace of change been as rapid as it is today. In this blog post you can read a brief summary of David Swaddle’s (Australia) presentation on the evolution of workplace learning by Linda Juntunen (Finland). At the end of the blog post you can find the link to all the slides of the original presentation.

Informal and social learning in the workplace – Allstate Northern Ireland
by Dwyer Gorman

Allstate is the second largest personal lines insurer in the US. Relevant to Learning & Development is the value ‘Each Other’ which states that they have a growth and development focused mindset. Linked to the values are High Priority Initiatives (HPI) that help move them from strategy to action, two of which concern employee development and organisation culture. More in the blog post on EPALE.


The European Basic Skills Network has been active in the field of workplace learning as well. Do you remember our online discussion last September? Or did you miss it?

In September, last year EBSN hosted an online discussion about Workplace Basic Skills on EPALE moderated by Rosemarie Klein and Dieter Zisenis of the German research and consultancy organization, Büro für berufliche Bildungsplanung (bbb). Here you can read about what we had to say about this topic. 

Basic Skills in Working Life
Erasmus+ Project lead by EBSN member organization

EBSN member organisation, FØNIX AS (Norway) coordinates Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project focusing on the growing gap between industry demand for competencies and skill levels in the workforce. Partner organisations are from Austria, Slovenia, Portugal, UK and Italy. The project started in September 2016 and lasts 30 months. For more about the project go to EPALE.

Take the opportunity now and check out what more EPALE can offer you in this topic on the workplace learning thematic page.


The contribution of EBSN members continues to be a major source of information in the field of life skills / basic skills on EPALE. We continue to look forward to receiving resource materials, news items and event information (including national and local events) from you not only in English, but also in your national languages. 

Best wishes


Zoltán Várkonyi, Zsolt Vincze, Katalin Damjanovich, Zoltán Szabó