Upskilling Pathways in AEPRO

UP-AEPRO addresses the constant need and interest of adult education (AE) trainers and staff to learn more about European developments in adult education and other countries’ systems and innovation. In particular, the project contributes to deepening the knowledge and fostering the discussion about the recently launched European strategy in adult education, the Upskilling Pathways initiative (UP).

Aims and objectives of the project

UP-AEPRO aims at

  • Increasing the knowledge about the Upskilling Pathways initiative and other Lifelong Learning policies at the European level
  • Allowing the exchange of innovation across Europe on the Upskilling Pathways initiative related topics
  • Improving quality, professionalisation and capacity building of AE staff and providers
  • Supporting UP-AEPRO learners and partners to develop online learning and introduce ICT tools into their daily work
  • Increasing the intercultural skills of AE trainers and staff
  • Strengthening the cooperation with peers and policy-makers in their countries and in Europe
  • Improving the UP initiative implementation at different level by enabling AE trainers and staff (and the organisations for which they work) to be involved


The project foresees the following outcomes:

  • AE organisations and providers will able to increase their advocacy skills and to feel empowered in being involved in the initiative’s implementation.
  • The project will also provide them with the opportunity of an enriching deepening and exchange about their organisations’ and members states’ practices on the three steps of the initiative.
  • Participants will thus increase their professionalisation as well as the quality of their offer.


UP-AEPRO will produce several different outputs:

  • An online course on the Upskilling Pathways initiative, structured in four innovative modules (each on divided into from 3 to 5 learning sessions) on the following topics:
    • Policy overview and European Advocacy (IO1)
    • Skills assessment (IO2)
    • Tailored-made offer (IO3)
    • Validation and recognition (IO4)
  • Five peer learning sessions (IO5) organised by the learners themselves with the support of the UP-AEPRO partners
  • An advocacy toolkit (IO6)

First modules of the online course “Innovate, learn, share, act” are online in May 2019, enroll on!


Three partners meetings will facilitate the smooth implementation of the project:

  • Kick-off meeting – Brussels (Belgium), 12-13 November 2018
  • Second partner meeting – Malmö (Sweden), 17-19 June 2019
  • Final partner meeting – Vila Verde (Portugal), June 2020

A transnational learning activity, involving AE organisations staff and participants in the online course, will take place in Brussels (Belgium), in September 2019

A final conference is foreseen in Portugal in June 2020, aimed at presenting all the UP-APRO outputs to a broad and diverse audience (AE organisations and their staff, policy-makers, learners)


Escola Profissional Amar Terra Verde (EPATV) – Portugal
European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) – Belgium
The National Learning and Work Institute (L&W) – United Kingdom
Kansanvalistusseura (KVS) – Finland
Glokala Folk High School – Sweden
Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) – Denmark

Innovate, learn, share, act

E-learning course on policy and practices for Upskilling Pathways

What you will learn:

  • Gain increased knowledge about the Upskilling Pathways initiative and other Lifelong Learning policies at the European level
  • Gain new insights based on highlighted policy examples & practices from the European adult education sector. The course will cover examples of working with skills assessment, tailored learning, validation and recognition of prior experiences
  • Improved understanding of how to be part of implementing the Upskilling Pathways initiative at different levels

Structure of the course and methodology

Start date: 6th of May 2019. End date will be announced later

The course will take place on our Adult Education Learning Platform.  You can study the whole course or individual sessions. The course is composed of 4 modules, each one structured in 3/5 sessions, with a mix of webinars, forum discussions and self-study.

The 4 modules are focused on:

  1. Policy overview and European Advocacy (May 6th, 14th, 21st)
  2. Skills assessment (May 28th, June 4th, June 11th)
  3. Tailor-made offers
  4. Validation and recognition

The community aspect is one of the strongest elements of the course, so participants are invited to use the platform’s forum to exchange ideas, inputs, proposals, etc.

Participants’ profile

Adult education trainers and staff, policy-makers involved in adult education. There is no age limit, the study language is English, and the training is free of charge.

Recognition of participants’ learning outcomes

For each session of each module, participants will receive a learning badge (14 in total). A final certificate is foreseen for participants who will miss maximum one session per module (around 70% of attendance).

Enrolling system

Enroll on the course at website