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.


  • Better quality and monitoring in the Netherlands, learn more...
  • Améliorer les parcours de qualifications en Wallonie / Improving upskilling pathways in Wallonia, learn more...
  • Improving the recognition of competences by CPIA in Italy, learn more...
  • Incentivizing business’ investment in skills in Italy, learn more...



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).

ELS Webinar “Workforce Innovation to Foster Positive Learning Environments in Canada"

Katharine Mullock of the OECD discusses testing new approaches to upskill adults and make full use of their skills with Gaëlle Miollan, Sharon Mclennon and Shalini da Cunha. 

ELS Webinar “Engaging low-skilled adults in learning”

Glenda Quintini of the OECD discusses policy measures to engage low-skilled adults in learning with Myriam Colot and Alex Stevenson. 

EC-OECD Webinar: Relevant and innovative adult learning opportunities

Anja Meierkord of the OECD discusses innovation and the relevance of adult learning systems with Melissa Jones and Bjorn Schulz

EC-OECD Webinars: Partnership and financing adult learning

Alessia Forti of the OECD discusses partnerships and financing in adult learning with Tony Saunders and Bridie Corrigan Matthews 

EC-OECD Forum: European Vocational Skills Week

Mark Keese discusses how can we make adult learning work for the future?

Digitalisation is shaping the Future of Work

Skills for jobs dataviz

What skills are in demand in your country and what could be your next job?

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