Adult learning policy and provision in the Member States of the EU
A synthesis of reports by country experts
This synthesis report considers the current situation of national adult learning policies and systems across the EU-28. The report brings together the findings from a set of country reports that were previously completed for each Member State by a set of country experts. The report reflects on the complex adult learning policy and financing frameworks, national targets and interventions, as well as their strengths and weaknesses and the reforms that are needed in the systems that are in place in Member States. In so doing, it contributes to increasing the evidence base on adult learning... systems in the EU, which is an essential pre-requisite for assessing their effectiveness, impact and responsiveness to adult learning needs. The scope of this report and its corresponding research is primarily interested in the role of the public sector in the adult learning systems. Whilst adult learning systems are a broad mixture of actions and investment by individuals, employers and the public sector, the scope of this report is mainly focussed on the issues that interact with public sector involvement rather than understanding, for example, how companies can increase the effectiveness of employee training or what motivates individuals to take up extra learning.