The European Commission has just presented a new report analysing how
different countries in Europe support under-qualified adult learners in
their efforts to aim for further qualifications at higher levels.
The report was produced for the Commission by the 'Eurydice'
network, which provides information on and analyses of European
education systems and policies.
Drafted in the context of the European Commission's Action Plan on Adult Learning (2007-2010), and presented at a specialised conference, the report looks at education and training opportunities for
under-qualified adults and also covers policies and measures for
enhancing the participation of adults in higher education.
23 million adults in Europe have not completed any formal education
beyond the level of primary education and 76 million have not achieved
the level of upper secondary education - the level considered to be the
minimum requirement for continued employability. The report finds that
they are considered as a priority in most countries in order to support
their integration on the labour market and in society. However, despite
those efforts, less qualified adults are less likely to take part in
formal lifelong learning.
The report also looks at how formal education and training is adapted
to the needs of adults, at the strategies put in place in order to
encourage adults to return to higher education and existing financial
measures to support the adult participation in formal education and