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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 initiative foresees three inter-related steps which build upon the existing knowledge of participants. Sharing and comparing experiences and building up new knowledge and recommendations throughout the Forum will enable participants to agree on future ways to improve the adult learning and training systems in European Union Member States. These three phases will consist of the following components:  

   

   

1) ON-LINE INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING WEB PORTAL
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 will allow interested experts, practitioners and fellow participants to the high-level meeting to review up-front information and to exchange views and information.

 

Accessing the 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.

 

Sharing information and knowledge
Interested users are invited to download and to actively share information, documentation and research concerning practices in skills anticipation and adult learning of their own countries or at the European level. If you wish to share information on this platform, please send your documentation to emsaalshare@itcilo.org.

 

The knowledge gathered helps to develop a preliminary analytical mapping of:

  • experiences across the European Union in anticipating skill needs 
  • adult learning provisions in Member States and existing mechanisms for the update and upgrade of adult learning programmes and curricula to meet the requirements of the labour market.

The results of the analytical mapping is shared up-front with the participants to the high-level meeting

 

2) HIGH-LEVEL MEETING
At the heart of EMSAAL lies the “European high-level meeting on skills anticipation in adult learning” which took place in the premises of the Campus of ITC-ILO, Turin (Italy) from 12 – 14 September 2012. The meeting provided a platform for exchange and mutual learning on the topics of:

  • successful approaches and mechanisms for skills needs anticipation in Member States with special regards to adult learning;
  • translating identified skill needs into adult learning strategies;
  • Developing recommendations on how to improve feedback mechanisms based on information provided by participants.

During the meeting, participants and experts exchanged experiences, presented approaches and research findings and discussed challenges around the following questions:

 

ASSESSMENT & ANTICIPATION OF SKILLS NEEDS

  • What is the current practice for skills anticipation in EU Member States, especially in the context of Continuous TVET and adult learning?

  • How can the actors involved in adult learning best access information on current and future labour market needs for the adult workforce?

   

FEEDBACK INTO ADULT LEARNING PROGRAMMES

  • How are adult learning systems in EU Member States being updated in terms of new skill requirements? 
  • What are the processes and practices of feeding labour market information and anticipated skill needs into the design and up-dating of adult learning programmes? 
  •  Who are the actors and institutions and what are the institutional linkages and the “interfaces” between anticipation and adult learning?

 

CHALLENGES AND SUCCESFUL APPROACHES 

  • How effectively do these processes work? 
  • What kind of challenges and bottlenecks do countries encounter – and what kind of approaches and solutions have they found? 
  • What approaches and solutions have proved to be successful?

 

The event was highly interactive, with modern adult learning methodologies being used to:  actively engage participants; convey contents; facilitate the exchange of experiences; and on the basis of the discussions, facilitate the identification and systematisation of different approaches and common tendencies, and reach conclusions on the basis of the contributions of all participants.

 

3) FOLLOW UP PHASE

On the basis of the discussions taking place during the meeting, a summary document will be produced that will systematise the information presented, capture the major discussion lines and layout the approaches and findings identified by the participants during the meeting. The report will be made available on-line by the end of the project (December 2012).

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