Competitive Regions and Employability of Adults Through Education.

A survey on the EQF/NQF work in the Nordic mad Baltic countries with a special focus on non-formal learning

Survey was implemented in June-October 2010. The focus was on the integration of non-formal learning in the National Qualification Frameworks. The report has been produced with the support of the Nordic Council of Nordic Council of Ministers (Ministers strategic funding through NFL.) Report describes NQF in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.

Nordic network for adult learning (NVL)

Nordic network for adult learning was established by Nordic Council of Ministers in 1995. NVL is a meeting place for Nordic adult learning; supports Nordic co-operation in a LLL perspective; disseminates experiences and innovations; highlights Nordic expertise; creates new co-operation models. NVL promotes lifelong learning by focusing on cross-sectoral cooperation in the priority areas defined by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Competences and experiences are shared between the five Nordic countries and the three autonomous areas through NVL. The task of the network is to deepen Nordic competence and foster mutual learning. NVL strives to broaden the Nordic learning arena and extend the learning effects through cooperation with strategic partners in Europe and the rest of the world. Expert networks have been set up based on the Nordic priority areas and have been commissioned to produce reports on various themes. The expert networks’ duties include tasks related to competence-building and policy-forming. These networks spread information about their activities through articles and reports as well as by organizing Nordic meeting places. Thematic/professional networks are formed on the basis of initiatives from sectors within adult learning, or based on a topical theme from a Nordic country that is of pan-Nordic interest. The NVL Newsletter provides information about education policy in the Nordic countries, new structures, reforms and initiatives, as well as upcoming courses and conferences. DialogWeb, a thematic online publication, targets a broad group of readers: teachers, civil servants and decision makers in the field of formal and non-formal adult education, politicians, NGOs, employers and businesses. One of the goals is to create interest in adult learning also outside the sector.

Project „Outreach Empowerment Diversity (OED)

This European project maps best practice methods for inclusion of marginalised groups, especially migrants and ethnic minorities, for the development of more diversity in adult education, and especially the inclusion of learners´ voices, and for the empowerment of its learners to become active European citizens. Project joint 16 organisations from 14 countries working together. The network aims are to: -provide a collection and analysis of good practice examples from across Europe that tackle the overlap of social inclusion and active citizenship; -analyse outreach strategies to marginalised groups and provide information to other adult education institutions how to organise this; -promote diversity in adult education organisations and their training; -improve the management of adult education institutions through diversity and the inclusion of learners´ voices; -provide policy recommendations that will tackle the integration of marginalised groups, their empowerment and participation in lifelong learning. The network has had an impact on the participating institutions, teachers, trainers and (managing) staff in adult education, learners, especially from disadvantaged groups, other stakeholders in lifelong learning and policy makers. The network has improved approaches in reaching out to disadvantaged groups, promoting diversity in organisations, improve teaching methodology, promote active citizenship by participatory strategies and support the development of better policies aimed at integration and lifelong learning. Partners: EAEA - European Association for the Education of Adults, Brussels, is coordinating the network; DAEA Danish Adult Education Association, Copenhagen. Duration of project: 2011 – 2014. The activity has been supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), Grundtvig Networks.


"AiKomPass" is a tool for visualising and documenting skills for employees in the metal-working and electrical industries. The "AiKo – Recognition of informally acquired skills" project was sponsored by the regional Ministry for Finance and the Economy in Baden-Württemberg. The project sponsor was AgenturQ, an institution jointly supported by the IG Metall Baden-Württemberg and Südmetall trade unions to promote professional advanced training in the Baden-Württemberg metal-working and electrical industries. Scientific support was rendered by the Institute for Professional and General Pedagogics of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Heidelberg Teacher Training College. (Type: Tool / Level: Regional Level / Language: German, English)


With the "AlphaDekade" - Nationale Dekade für Alphabetisierung und Grundbildung (National Decade for Literacy and Basic Education) the federal government, the Länder and their partners want to significantly improve the reading and writing skills of adults in Germany from 2016 to 2026. The central success factor should be to promote more basic education offers and to attract more people to take advantage of these offers. The question of how adults with low literacy skills can be reached and activated for learning is the central challenge of all measures. In a work program to be updated annually, the Board of Trustees of the "AlphaDekade" defined how these goals should be achieved by means of five fields of action (1st Public Relation, 2nd Research, 3rd Learning, 4th Professionalization, 5th Structures). The website contains many interesting projects (best practice examples), tools for the development of literacy and basic education programs, as well as information on funding opportunities and tendering procedures. >>> More about the AlphaDakade in "General Agreement on the National Decade for Literacy and Basic Skills 2016-2026". (Type: National Campaign; website with many important literacy Tools / Level: Regional Level / Language: German, PDF in English)

AlphaDekade - General Agreement

The "Grundsatzpapier Alphabetisierung und Grundbildung 2016-2026. Den funktionalen Analphabetismus in Deutschland verringern und das Grundbildungsniveau erhöhen" (General Agreement on the National Decade for Literacy and Basic Skills 2016-2026. Reducing functional illiteracy and raising the level of basic skills in Germany) is available online as a PDF file on the "AlphaDekade" web pages. (Type: Policy Paper / Level: National Level / Language: PDF in English)


Taking its name from the German abbreviation for "Literacy for the Workplace and Basic Education for Adults", the aim of the project "AlphaGrund" is to further the basic education of the low-skilled. Working with companies, job centres and other partners, the project’s staff develop strategies for enabling both employed and unemployed workers to bring their reading, writing and arithmetic skills up to speed. The project offers training courses tailored to the needs of the employers in the relevant sector. (Type: Project / Level: National Level / Language: German)


ArtSet brings together research, education, consulting and quality testing. Under the motto "The Art of Success", the ArtSet Research Education Consulting Company pursues in its work the goal to support change processes and quality development in organizations and to release resources and potential of organizations and people working there. The customers of ArtSet come primarily from the areas of education (schools and adult education) and social services. The approach of the work is characterized by looking at organizations as a whole and understanding them as a system in the context of their environments. The four work areas of ArtSet research, education, consulting and quality testing are closely related. Research and practice are understood as mutually fertilizing fields of work. (Type: Company / Level: Regional Level / Language: German)

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