Adult learning refers to a range of formal and informal learning activities, both general and vocational, undertaken by adults after leaving initial education and training.
Adult learning resources
Skills and qualifications
Explore the work of the Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EMPL) on skills and qualifications.
Discover the EU's work on skills
‘Building inclusive pathways to skills and qualifications'
This Eurydice report investigates current measures promoting lifelong learning, in particular for adults with low levels of skills and qualifications.
Read the Eurydice report on skills
EU Skills Panorama
This online tool provides access to data and information on skills needs across occupations, sectors and countries.
Discover the Skills Panorama
Adult learning documents
Discover a range of policy documents, informative reports, studies, infographics and factsheets on EU adult learning policy.
Browse the online library
Learn more about the work of European Education Area Strategic Framework Working Groups on adult learning.
Adult learning updates
Adult education and training in Europe: Building inclusive pathways to skills and qualifications
Join the community
The Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) is a multilingual open membership community for adult learning professionals in Europe. Join the EPALE community
EU funding opportunities
European Social Fund
This instrument funds tens of thousands of local, regional and national employment-related projects throughout Europe.
Erasmus+ is the EU’s funding programme supporting education, training, youth and sport.
Jean Monnet Actions
Jean Monnet Actions run under Erasmus+ to support teaching, learning, research and debates on various aspects of the European Union.