BEtter COMmunicate and Identify training Needs of basic skills for workers

Background and target groups

Despite numerous European initiatives, basic skills training needs within the target group of employees in particularly sensitive sectors, such as transport, cleaning, hotel & catering, health & social care, are still seen as a burning issue by stakeholders dealing with the basic skills agenda in Europe. The Council of Europe communication for a “European strategy for smart growth by 2020" (2010) states that 80 million European adults still show a low level of qualification. This fact is confirmed by international studies, such as the ALL - Adult Literacy and Life Skills - a broad survey demonstrating that too many adults dispose of a low level of basic skills not enabling them to "satisfy current daily life necessities and work in an information and knowledge society".

One critical aspect is the general stigmatization still going hand in hand with basic skills acquisition, especially among employers. In order to combat this, the BECOMIN partnership aims at providing innovative solutions, e.g. by developing and providing respective face-to-face training. Our approach will be based on 3 pillars: communication of the training towards employees, identification of basic skills needs of employees and the concrete evaluation of the learners' levels.

Objectives and outcomes

Respective issues do not only represent a danger for people's safety and security at work, but also greatly affect people's autonomy in the knowledge society and, above all, people's ability to cope with quick evolutions, structural changes and labour market expectations. The partnership therefore aims at exchanging good practices and experience related to these subjects in order to get better prepared for the implementation of quality training actions providing benefits for employees, enterprises and pedagogic staff working with these.

EU-Program: LEONARDO DA VINCI Partnership
Coordination: Institut National de Formation et de Recherche sur l'Education Permanente (FRA)
Contact: Karin Kronika
Duration: August 2012 –July 2014
EU - Partner für lebenslanges Lernen This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.