Adult learning


The world of work is changing. Digitalisation, globalisation and population ageing are having a profound impact on the type and quality of jobs that are available and the skills required to perform them. The extent to which individuals, firms and economies can reap the benefits of these changes will depend critically on the readiness of adult learning systems to help people develop and maintain relevant skills over their working careers.

The OECD is collecting data to assess the future-readiness of countries’ adult learning systems, and helping countries improve their performance in the area of adult learning by providing policy directions and international good practice example.

Priorities for Adult Learning

How does your country compare in adult learning? Try our new dashboard to find out...

Implementing Adult Learning Reforms

The ELS Skills Team of the OECD and the DG REFORM of the European Commission are cooperating in providing technical support to countries that want to reform their adult learning systems.

Current projects:

  • Improving the recognition of competences by CPIA in Italy, more...
  • Incentivizing business’ investment in skills in Italy, more...
  • Supporting employers to promote skills development in Latvia, more...
  • Improving the funding of upskilling partnerships in Wallonia, more…
  • Tackling long-term unemployment through innovative approaches in Wallonia, more…


Past projects:

The Netherlands (2019-21), Wallonia (2019-21)



ELS Webinar “La promotion et l’amélioration de la qualité pour la fluidité des parcours”

Michele Tuccio and Julie Lassébie of the OECD discuss European and Belgian best practices in quality assurance systems for adult learning with Natacha Vinckenbosch (FR)

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Skills for jobs dataviz

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