Upskilling Pathways: Implications for the adult learning workforce

  23/10/2019 09:00   Event ID :15639

European Agenda for Adult Learning and EPALE UK

Joint conference 2019

Registration and continental breakfast: from 09:00
Conference close: 16:30

Lifelong learning is seen as increasingly important to successful communities and economies. As part of this, adult education of all kinds – formal and informal – is known to have a positive impact on our health, our ability to gain employment and progress at work and our ability contribute to society.

Leaders, teachers and volunteers play key roles in ensuring the delivery of accessible, high-quality adult learning opportunities. These opportunities are known to benefit not only individuals but also wider communities and the economy. Given the value, that adult learning brings it is important to question how we can best support those who are vital to its delivery.

This conference will be run as part of Learning and Work Institute’s role as UK National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL) and delivered jointly with EPALE UK (the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe). The conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to hear from a range of UK and international partners, including:

  • Gina Ebner, General Secretary, European Association for the Education of Adults
  • Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute
  • Professor John Field, co-editor of the forthcoming Global Report on Adult Learning and Education published by the UNESCO Institute for  Lifelong Learning
  • Anja Meierkord, Labour Market Economist, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Executive

In addition, there will be workshops on various aspects of the European Agenda and workforce development, including:

  • Contextualised approaches to adult basic skills
  • Digital competences of adult educators
  • T-Level Workforce Hubs in England
  • Community Learning and Development Standards in Scotland
  • Health and well-being in Belfast City of Learning (Northern Ireland)
  • Personal Learning Accounts in Wales

Delegates will receive a copy of the new publication Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Implications for workforce development, and hear from some of the contributing authors. The development of the publication has been supported by the European Commission and the Further Education Trust for Leadership.


In the lead up to the conference, EPALE UK will be publishing a series of blog posts linked to the conference themes with opportunities to comment and engage through a dedicated blog page. Following the event there will also be opportunities to engage in further discussions on the conference themes and workshops on EPALE. You will need an EPALE account to join the discussions, so if you don’t have one already you can register here.

Throughout the event, there will be live photography and video taking place. Please speak to a member of staff if you do not want to be photographed or filmed.

Before, during and after the conference there will be opportunities to get involved on social media using the hashtag #professionalpathways.


This is a free conference by personal invitation only. We expect the audience to comprise of: adult educators, policy makers, health and employment professionals, researchers, ministries of education, and representative bodies from across Europe.

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