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Call for Proposals: ‘Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults’

Fri, May 12th, 2017

The European Commission have called for proposals to help Member States prepare for the initiative “Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults”.

An ‘Upskilling Pathway’ supports people (whether employed, unemployed or economically inactive) to improve their literacy, numeracy or digital skills, or move towards higher qualifications. The pathway is a three-step process for low-skilled or low-qualified individuals, who are also offered support, outreach and guidance. The steps are:

  • Skills Assessment:
    Find out what knowledge and skills the individual has; recognise these skills; identify gaps.
  • Tailored Learning Offer:
    Address the needs identified in the skills assessment; deliver in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders; use a flexible approach adapted for adult learners.
  • Validation:
    Recognise the newly acquired skills. This may be the first step to a new qualification.

You can read a recent EPALE discussion on the initiative here.

Funding is available for activities that prepare member states for using Upskilling Pathways—for example, activities that study existing provision and identify gaps, or identify priority groups. Activities that foster sustainable arrangements for using Upskilling Pathways (such as supporting stakeholders to disseminate information, or capacity building) can also be funded.

The budget for the Call is €1,000,000. There is a minimum grant request of €250,000 and the maximum co-financing rate is 80%. It is estimated that four projects could be supported. The deadline for proposals is 30 June 2017. Funded activities should start in late 2017 or early 2018.

See full details of the Call here. The Commission will host an information webinar from 2-4pm (Brussels time) on 16 May.  Email empl-vp-2017-011@ec.europa.eu to register for the webinar, or if you have any questions.