In the context of the European Year of Skills, last month the European Commission evaluated the actions taken in response to the Council Recommendation on Upskilling Pathways, published in 2016, through an Evaluation report.
The objective of the Council Recommendation on Upskilling Pathways is to respond to the urgent need for upskilling adults who do not possess a functional level of basic skills. These skills – literacy, numeracy and digital skills – are the foundation for full participation in society and the labour market. As an indicator, only 54% of Europeans possess basic overall digital skills (Eurostat, 2021).
To reach the objectives of the Recommendation, Member States were invited to offer support to these groups through an integrated pathway consisting of three steps:
- Skills assessment: identifying the existing skills of adults and any gaps in the skill set that need to be filled.
- Provision of tailored and flexible learning opportunities: providing a learning offer which fills the specific skills gaps identified through the skills assessment.
- Validation and recognition: assessing and certifying the skills acquired and encouraging their certification towards a formal qualification.