The desktop study has been carried out as a part of Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic partnership for Adult Learning “Recognition, Training and Validation of Soft Skills for Employability of Vulnerable Groups (ReTraVaSSEV)” project.

The desktop study outlines the adult education history and developments, current adult education strategies and challenges, skills and qualifications adults need to re-enter into education or training as well as labour market trends in the project partner countries: Belgium, Sweden, The Netherlands, Portugal, Cyprus and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The results of this desk research was transferred to a questionnaire focusing on the skills, not formally recognized, that our adults currently have. 3 different questionnaires was distributed to 600 adults, 120 employers and 180 adult educators in 6 participating countries – in total 900 people were questioned.

Based on the results from all the countries, a skills set was determined during the second meeting in The Netherlands (May 2018) by all the project partners.  Initially,the set of skills included:

  • Learning to Learn
  • Teamwork
  • Customer Service
  • Motivation
  • Intercultural Communication

During the project partner’s meeting in Madeira (November 2018) project partners also agreed to the North Macedonian proposal to add a sixth soft skill: conflict management to the trainer’s manual.

Questionnaires are available upon request in Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, Swedish and Macedonian languages. 

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