Adult Learning Policies in Europe. An Insight of Regional and Local Stakeholders summarises the results of a survey on regional capacity for adult learning and education (RegALE), led by the European Association for Education of Adults (EAEA) and funded by the European Commission.
The goal of the survey is to derive a multi-layered view on i) the challenges and opportunities of the adult education sector at the regional and local level, and ii) the gaps and needs of the adult learning and education staff to use them for the future steps of the project.
Opinions of regional and local European policy makers and professionals, here presented, suggested three key findings: (i) Local and territorial networks are the solution to the lack of overarching adult learning systems; (ii) Like employers, civil service organisations represent an essential actor to implement and deliver non formal and informal adult learning opportunities, especially for medium and low skilled adults; (iii) Adult learning reaches millions of adult citizens thanks to the engagement of a wide variety of adult learning professionals being both teaching and non- teaching professionals.
Nonetheless, everywhere in Europe, public policies pay little attention to the quality of adult learning workforce.
The book analyses each of the findings based upon the opinions that were expressed by regional and local policy makers and professionals on actual and future adult learning policies.
These are common issues at European level and in all the seven countries that were investigated (Croatia, Estonia, Ger- many, Greece, Italy, Norway, The United Kingdom).
The same problems exist everywhere, albeit in different ways. The Country Reports provide an in-depth insight on it.