Target groups

Target groups have been identified based on the principle that the trials should reach these groups that are mostly in need of educational guidance (due to their social-economic status) and that have the lowest participation in adult learning. In all partner countries these groups are not covered by the systems that are in place and/or the existing systems are not adapted to the specific needs of the target groups.

Implementation plan

Based on pre-evaluation (needs & strengths analysis, meta-analysis and desk-research) existing models will be adapted or new models will be developed according to the 5 intervention strategies. These models will be tested during 19 months (as of October 2015). After 6 months of implementing the field trials, the first process evaluation will be carried out. Based on national evaluation results and an international comparative report, the models will be adapted to the outcomes of the evaluation where necessary and will be further implemented until May 2017. Then the final evaluation will take place. Local evaluators carry out their national analysis and produce the final country reports. The Institute of Education will make a cross-country comparative report. The results of this final report will be presented in an international conference in January 2018.

Intervention Strategies

Based on the state of the art, it is obvious that a coherent and holistic service with a specific approach for low skilled adults has to be developed. The policy measure to be tested in this experimentation will be focusing on the combination of different intervention levels, depending on the local context in each partner country in order to meet the needs of the target group. These 5 intervention strategies are :

  1. Establishing/improving networks and partnerships with relevant organisations
  2. Developing specific tools facilitating guidance to low educated adults
  3. Defining competences needed for counsellors the enable them addressing the specific needs of low educated adults
  4. Outreaching: bringing guidance services to specific target groups
  5. Improving quality of guidance services in order to optimize learning outcomes of individuals (based on the ‘one step up’-principle)

More on these intervention strategies can be read here.

Project Objectives

General objective:

  • To contribute to more participation of low skilled adults in education and learning programmes to increase their chances on inclusion in society and on the labour market.

Specific objectives:

  • To identify critical factors and criteria of success as basis for evidence-informed policy development and implementation of centres for guidance and orientation with opportunities for validation of prior learning in Europe.
  • To develop a structural support basis amongst decision makers and relevant stakeholders for scaling up the model of educational guidance and orientation in all partner countries
State of the Art

The majority of the European countries is still experiencing difficulties in integrating and interlinking different sectors of education and training. There are still too many structural barriers and blind spots in learning provision often combined with lack of flexibility and transparency mostly affecting adult learning. Adult education is stagnating with a participation rate of 9%, remaining far off the EU’s 2020 target of 15%. The participation of adults to learning activities is closely interlinked with literacy proficiency levels. Adults with already high levels of key information-processing skills participate the most, while those with lower levels of skills participate the least (Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) (2012), Tables A5.7 and A5.8 (L).).