CEPS Project


Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue to Kick-In Inclusive Adult Learning


I SKILL is a research project to study how industrial relations and social dialogue can drive progress in adult learning in the EU. It will look at how these can support universal right to adult learning and ensure that all workers can exercise this right through access to quality learning opportunities during the green and digital transition. The project will provide comparative knowledge on how industrial relations and social dialogue contribute to adult learning, identifying key mechanisms, tools and successful factors to promote inclusive and quality adult learning. The six partners in the consortium will bring their expertise together for a mixed-method research approach, covering diversified national case studies (Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Italy, Slovakia) and the analysis at European level (EU level and across EU27). Research activities include desk research, quantitative analysis on existing datasets and qualitative analysis on primary data collected through interviews, roundtables and workshops. The investigation will cover adult learning rights, access, inclusion and quality, focusing on sectors that are important for the digital and green transition and on different adult learning policy measures. The project has an EU and a national dimension, integrated through a comparative analysis. It has cross-cutting sectoral dimension to focus on industries that are key for the transition, where up- and re-skilling is most needed. To consider the diversity in adult learning systems and different roles that social partners can play, the project will compare industrial relations and social dialogue with respect to different policy approaches to adult learning. The conclusions and recommendations will be validated through dedicated workshops. Throughout the project, findings will be disseminated by several activities and thanks to the collaboration with the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP) (associated organisation).

ISKILL leaflet

Caterina Astarita

Research Fellow

Basak Van Hove

Project Officer

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Veselina Georgieva

Administrative Coordinator - Economic Policy and Jobs & Skills Unit

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Alexandre Ounnas


Leonie Westhoff

Associate Researcher