21 Apr 2023

An analytical framework on industrial relations and social dialogue for adult learning in a changing Europe

Caterina Astarita / Pepka Boyadjieva / Matteo Colombo / Katrine Engdal Vorting / Nouran Hassan / Lucia Kováčová / Karolien Lenaerts / Ivana Studená / Vassil Kirov / Tomaso Tiraboschi / Lone Toftild / Gabriela Yordanova

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The twin green and digital transitions are progressively changing the labour market, with Covid-19 acting as a catalyst. In this context, enhancing adult learning systems is without any doubt the correct course of action.

Nevertheless, the interrelationship between adult learning and the twin transition presents numerous challenges, among which this deliverable describes which are the groups that participate less in adult learning, the reasons behind the limited participation and the development of inclusive strategies to prevent the escalation of inequalities in adult learning participation.

This paper, a deliverable of the EU-funded iSKILL project, considers the academic and grey literature, as well as the policy documents, to identify different types of measures that support adult learning. The paper outlines governance structures and actors active in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of such policy measures.

Finally, the paper focuses on the role of social dialogue and industrial relations, which have to adapt to a forced, quick reorganisation of work, driven by the green and digital transitions and lockdown experiences.