EAEA training programmes

EAEA develops in-service trainings and organises study-visits in order to increase adult education professionals’ knowledge about adult learning in Europe.


EAEA is dedicated to empowering professionals in the field of adult learning. Through our comprehensive range of in-service training programmes, study visits, and tailor-made activities, we aim to enhance your understanding of key issues in adult learning across Europe. The topics we cover include policy and advocacy, the transformative role of adult learning in digital and green transitions, and more.


Face-to-face training programmes 2023-24

EAEA offers training programmes that support adult learning staff in their professional development. Participation in all EAEA training programmes can be financed with the support of Erasmus+ KA1 funding.

ABC of ALE: Introductory Training on Adult Education and Learning

22-25 of October 2024, Brussels, Belgium

During the ABC of ALE training, participants will get to explore the concept of non-formal adult learning and education, linking it to both theory and practice. In particular, the training will focus on holistic perspectives on ALE.

Project Design in Adult Learning

15-18 January 2024 and January 2025 (dates TBC), Brussels, Belgium

During this training, you will:

  • learn about the core processes that support designing successful, sustainable and impactful initiatives in adult learning and education
  • explore the priorities of current EU funding programmes for ALE and contextualise them in the broader policy landscape
  • develop demo proposals from concept to workplan, based on existing funding programmes

Creating and maintaining safe spaces in adult learning

22-25 April 2024 and April 2025 (dates TBC), Brussels and online

During the training, you will:

  • explore the concepts of a safe space, power dynamics and decolonial approaches in adult learning and education
  • try out methods that can support adult educators and learners in co-creating a safe space

Making the case for adult learning and twin transition

28-30 May 2024, Belgrade and May 2025 (dates TBC), Brussels

During this training, you will:

  • explore new roles of adult learning in the process of the twin green and digital transition
  • work on arguments and tools that can be used by adult learning organisations in their policy and advocacy work

Online courses

EAEA regularly organises online courses on topics ranging from policy and advocacy in adult learning to life skills, validation of non-formal and informal competencies, or network-building. Visit the EAEA e-learning platform to explore our past and ongoing courses.

Introduction to adult learning in Europe

September – December, online

During this course, you will:

  • get a quick overview of adult learning in Europe, covering key concepts in non-formal adult education
  • learn about its practices in specific European countries, as well as the concept of advocacy, with examples of successful initiatives. 

The webinars and complementary activities have been published on the EAEA e-learning platform.

Voices of Learners and Educators in the Green Transition

September – December 2023, online 

During this course, you will:

  • hear inspiring stories of learners and educators who address the climate crisis and environmental sustainability in their communities
  • explore how adult learning practice can be more visible in the process of green transition

You can find the podcasts and complementary activities here Beyond Learning: Voices of learners and educators in green transition

Study visits and tailor-made training programmes

Interested in exploring the EU policy and advocacy landscape in Brussels? Looking to learn about participation patterns in adult learning and education, outreach strategies or green and digital transition? EAEA offers study visits and tailor-made programmes that include meetings with European stakeholders in lifelong learning, input sessions and hands-on workshops.

Examples of EAEA tailor-made activities 

  • Training programme on accessibility of adult learning and education in Europe, organised for the Cerebral Palsy Association of Coimbra, Brussels, April 2019
  • Study visit on advocacy and network-building in adult learning in Europe, organised for the Arab House for Adult Education and Development, Brussels, October 2021
  • Study visit on non-formal learning in museums and cultural spaces, organised for the Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation, Brussels, February 2022
  • Advocacy Academy organised together with DVV International and the International Council for Adult Education, Istanbul, December 2022 and Sarajevo, June 2023

More information

To find out more about EAEA’s upcoming training programmes, or to ask for an offer of a tailor-made activity, please contact EAEA’s Head of Capacity-Building at aleksandra.kozyra [at] eaea.org.