Project background

Adult education and continuing training of the workforce are very important factors in order to promote employment and active participation in the society as people of modern society cannot rely on the skills they acquired at school to last them till the end of their working life.

The results of PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) show that lifelong learning takes place in the workplace through simply practicing and improving skills. Thus, workplaces in which people use their skills each and every day are very important and even the best learning space. This project aims at introducing the method of guidance and counselling into the workplace to help mapping the current skills of the employees and the skills needed within the workplace to prevent skills mismatch. The skills analysis will make it easier to make the learning, that takes place/can take place in the workplace and through daily work (non-formal and informal learning), visible and tangible and thus bring it closer to ‘the scene of action’. In addition to making learning at the workplace better visible a strategic process of continuous training of the workforce should help mitigate skill mismatch within companies and prevent employees to end up with out-of-date skills. The process of hiring people is expensive especially for small and medium sized companies, so they would gain from looking inside for a possible candidate that can be trained and up-skilled for a new or changed job.

The partnership wanted to develope a common knowledgebase and a toolbox for addressing the need to shed a light on the learnig taking place in workplaces and the need for guidane linked to competence development, taking into account the needs of employees and the employer.