Cedefop, together with the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, held the 7th Cedefop Brussels-based seminar. Organised in cooperation with the rotating EU Presidency, these seminars build on Cedefop’s research and analyses and address issues relevant to European debates on vocational education and training (VET) and employment.

The 7th Brussels seminar presented Cedefop’s research activities on empowering low-skilled adults by developing coordinated approaches to upskilling pathways.

Seminar objectives

This seminar shared evidence on the extent and heterogeneity of low skills among adults, and stimulated the debate on coordinated and strategic approaches to developing upskilling pathways for low-skilled adults.

Drawing on Cedefop’s latest research on the potential of WBL in developing upskilling pathways for adults, participants discussed:

  • latest evidence on the extent of the low-skilled adult population, as well as priority target groups most in need of upskilling;
  • how to develop strategic, coherent and coordinated approaches to pave the way for developing upskilling pathways grounded in lifelong learning and with the individual at heart, and built around the idea of easily accessible pathways based on the three steps described in the Recommendation on upskilling pathways: new opportunity for adults.

Seminar outcomes

  • Increased knowledge of priority target groups or population subsets in need of upskilling in the EU-28 Member States, Iceland and Norway, and how best to support them.
  • Increased awareness of the importance of a shared vision for upskilling adults and understanding of the different visions across and within countries.
  • An analytical framework for designing and implementing upskilling pathways for adults, which countries may customise to address national priorities and challenges.

For more information see Cedefop’s analytical framework for developing upskilling pathways for adults and the briefing note Preventing low skills through lifelong learning

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Event details

Event Date(s)
Event Type
Event venue
Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU, Avenue de Cortenbergh 107, Brussels
Invitation only
Cedefop involvement


Cedefop analytical framework for developing upskilling pathways for adults


Concept note and agenda


Alessandro Cenderello - Building a better working Europe


Irene Psifidou - Supporting implementation of upskilling pathways


Lidia Salvatore - Mapping low skilled adults in the EU



Cosmin Roman
Brussels liaison office