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French coordination
Adult education and training,
a challenge for European training
There are still currently 73 million low-skilled adults1
in Europe (about 25 million of whom are out of work
as a result of the economic crisis). Many of these
have difficulty with reading and writing, but only
3.9%2 were following training in 2011.
The year 2012 was a turning point because the
population of working age (15-64 years) in Europe
began to decrease for the first time. Over the next
few decades, the proportion of the population aged
over 60 years will continue to increase and will reach
30%3 of the total population in 2060.
1, 2 and 3
European Commission/
Education and Training
With the labour market undergoing constant evolution, a longer working life and an aging population, access to lifelong learning is crucial for the
management of jobs and skills, as well as in the
fight against social exclusion and poverty among
the aged.
73 million
A European Resolution to
support the Member States
On 28 November 2011, the Council
of the European Union adopted a
Resolution “setting out a renewed
European Agenda for Adult Learning”,
emphasizing the role of adult learning
in combating these challenges.
This document sets out five strategic
priorities, between 2012 and 2014, for
Member States:
- Improving the quality and efficiency of
education and training for adults;
- Making lifelong learning a reality for the
least-skilled adults;
- Promoting equity, social cohesion and
active citizenship;
- Enhancing the creativity and innovation
of adults and their learning environments;
- Improving the knowledge base on
adult learning and monitoring the adult
learning sector.
Particular attention is paid to the acquisition of basic skills by the least-skilled
adults, via schemes such as “second
chance” schools and the “one step up”
A network of European
The European Commission
supports a network of 34 national
coordinators designated by their
national authorities. Their role is
to serve as a relay between national participants and the Commission, to pass on information about
the Agenda’s priorities, to raise
awareness about EU policy and
to facilitate cooperation with the
other Member States. The Europe-Éducation-Formation France
Agency (2e2f), represented by
its Director, Antoine Godbert,
has been designated as national
Coordinator of the Agenda.
The 2e2f Agency at the centre of an
action plan for promoting the European
Agenda in France
Backed by a Steering Committee composed of
7 Ministries and 11 key national and regional
players*, the Agency organises various consultation
and research activities on basic skills for low-qualified
adults and the job market: work groups, conferences,
experiments, publications and field visits in Europe.
This action plan has three phases:
*Members of the Steering Committee: French Ministry of Labour,
Employment, Vocational Training
and Social Dialogue (DGEFP)/
Ministry of National Education
(DGESCO)/ Ministry of Defence
(EPIDE)/Ministry of Justice (DAP)/
Ministry of Agriculture, Agri-foods
and Forestry (DGER)/Overseas
Ministry (DEGEOM) /Ministry of
Sports, Youth, Popular Education
and Collective Activities (DJEPVA)/
Pôle Emploi/The National Agency
for the Flight Against Illiteracy
(ANLCI)/ Association of French
Regions (ARF)/ National Council of
Local Missions (CNML)/Network
of Second Chance Schools
(E2C)/AGEFOS PME/Permanent
Assembly of Chambers of Trades
and Crafts (APCMA)/French
National Chambers of Commerce
and industry/National Conservatory
of Arts and Crafts (CNAM)/The
Joint Fund for Rendering Career
Paths Secure (FPSPP) /Institute for
Training and Research into Lifelong
Learning (INFREP)
-> January to December 2013: a period of observation
and consultation with four work groups.
-> 13-15 November 2013: National and European
Convention on Illiteracy (Lyon) during which the work
groups shared their results. The Convention was
organised jointly with the ANLCI, and contributed to the
European Agenda for Adult Learning.
-> January to December 2014: experiments in the
field run by operational committees, concluding with a
stocktaking seminar.
The issues involved range from a study of the
conditions for successful alternance training to the
best way to guide into training those adults who
are most marginalised by the labour market, via the
professionalisation of those involved in guidance and
the assessment of transversal skills; all these subjects
are of immediate concern and the results will benefit the
maximum number of people.
Four groups, supervised by members of the
Steering Committee, worked from July to
December 2013, with input from different
experts and resource persons:
-> Group 1: Promotion of alternance
learning and employability: a study of the
conditions for bringing dropouts of all ages
back into successful alternance training.
Supervisors: Albert Parisot, DGEFP Bertrand Derouineau, INFREP/IP2A.
Experts: Thibaut DOUAY, Picardy Regional
Council - Catherine Belotti, Socialinnovation.
-> Group 2: Guidance (into, during and after
training) of those most marginalised by the
labour market.
Supervisors: Laurent Lacour, PACA Regional
Council - François Hiller, DIO.
Experts: Françoise Divisia, ELGPN (European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network).
-> Group 4: Assessment of transversal skills: tools, techniques,
Supervisors: Jacques Bretaudeau,
CAFOC of Nantes - Mathieu Carrier,
Experts: Amaria Sékouri, National
Committee of Local Missions Mariela De Ferrari, CO-ALTERNATIVES.
A cycle of observations, comparing
European practices in rendering
career paths secure (FPSPP,
CNML, Overseas Ministry), is also
-> Group 3: Professionalisation of guidance
counsellors for low-skilled adults.
Supervisors: Gilles Schildknecht, CNAM Patrice Granier, ARF.
Experts: Laurent Balmer, DGEFP - Véronique
Duchaud-Fuselli, DIO - Laurence Merlin,
National Council for Vocational and Lifelong
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made of the information contained therein. The project receives funding from the
European Commission and the French Ministry for Labour, Employment, Vocational
Training and Social Dialogue (DGEFP)
Photo credit: ShutterstockImages. December 2013.