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The EU is the major sponsor of this initiative.
The EMSAAL initiative is implemented in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme as an Accompanying Measure of Grundtvig sub-programme.
The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) is cosponsoring and coordinating the initiative.

Investing in Adult Learning has gained momentum in European Union Member States. Promoting and expanding the opportunities for adult learning can have manifold objectives. In the current context, the increase of spending in adult learning is one way in which countries respond to the current crisis. However, adult learning is also receiving attention as a strategy to respond to demographic changes. In the context of changing technologies and smaller youth cohorts it has become imperative for European Countries to maintain and develop the employability of adult and ageing workers. In addition, a continuously updated workforce is an asset for increasing the enterprises’ capacity of innovation and hence increase productivity and competitiveness.

One important challenge resides in reshaping the provisions for Continuous TVET and Lifelong Learning and in making them as responsive as possible to labour market needs. Finding appropriate measures for the identification of current and the anticipation of future skills needs is a major challenge for every country and different methodologies and set-ups are being applied across the European Union. However, an equally vital question is how these findings can be effectively and promptly translated into pertinent adult learning programmes and curricula.

EMSAAL is an initiative that wants to shed a closer light on this question by creating a forum for knowledge exchange and the possible discovery of new approaches. The EMSAAL-initiative consists of the following components:



In the lead up to the high-level meeting, an information and knowledge sharing web portal has been established. With the aim of gathering and pooling relevant information the web portal allows interested experts, practitioners and fellow participants to the high-level meeting to review share up-front information and to exchange views.

At the heart of EMSAAL lies the “European high-level meeting on skills anticipation in adult learning” which took place in Turin, Italy, from 12 – 14 September 2012. The Event was comprised of two and a half days of reflection, debate, interactive learning and experience sharing. It took place on the Campus of the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO). The event was preceded and accompanied by an interactive online knowledge sharing platform phase.

Access to the on-line information and knowledge-sharing platform
The access to the on-line platform is free for all participants, no password is needed. Throughout the initiative, the platform will be frequently updated with new information, research findings, presentations and other resources.

Participation in the high-level meeting
Pre-selected institutions and stakeholders in skills anticipation and adult learning in each European Member States received invitations to the event. For these invited participants, ITC-ILO covered travel and subsistence expenses (air fare, full board and lodging). Accommodation and working meals took place on the ITC-ILO premises.  (All logistics arrangements for participants have been organized by the event organizer’s staff according to the EC-LLP financial rules.)
A limited number of additional places for interested participants were available upon request, provided the participant and institution covered their cost of travel and subsistence in Turin.

Meeting dates and venue
12 – 14 September 2012
The Meeting took place in the residential settings of the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) in Turin (Italy) and consisted of two and a half days of reflection, debate, interactive learning, experience sharing and knowledge creation.

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