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European Education Area

Quality education and training for all

Adult learning

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.

Find out more about adult learning


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.

EU Skills Panorama

This online tool provides access to data and information on skills needs across occupations, sectors and countries.

Adult learning documents

Discover a range of policy documents, informative reports, studies, infographics and factsheets on EU adult learning policy.

Working Groups

Learn more about the work of European Education Area Strategic Framework Working Groups on adult learning.

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

  • 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 run under Erasmus+ to support teaching, learning, research and debates on various aspects of the European Union.

Employment and volunteering

See practical information and opportunities concerning employment, including volunteering and traineeships.