Over the past years, the issue of “basic skills” has gained particular attention in most European countries. Of particular concern is what is generally called ‘functional literacy’ and ‘functional numeracy’. One of every four adults in Europe fails to reach minimum
literacy levels for coping with everyday life.
In addition to this situation, Europe has faced an unprecedented influx of refugees and migrants. Although most member states have started to provide language trainings, a very large proportion of these individuals have very limited literacy and numeracy skills which prevents them from integrating into the culture of their host countries and from participating at the labour market.
In this light, the recommendations of the European Basic Skills Network (funded by the European Commission) promoting basic skills programmes to combat social exclusion are more relevant than ever. They include “… labor force participation, use of literacy skills in the workplace, participation in adult education and training … Programs in these areas would have a positive impact on the literacy skills.”
Demand for unskilled and low-skilled workers declines as a result of technical change, which requires more advanced skills. Employers also confirm a requirement for better communication and social skills than are generally present in low-skilled workers. The increasing complexity of work processes requires better literacy, numeracy and communication skills also at lower work levels, especially to meet quality and safety aspects.
The overall objective of our project is therefore to improve literacy and numeracy skills in the workplace for low-level educated adults, especially refugees and migrants. The specific objectives are:
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG (DE)
Innovation Training Center, S.L. (ES)
Wissenschaftsinitiative Niederösterreich (WIN) (AU)
INTEGRA INSTITUT, Institut za razvoj clovekovih potentialov (SI)
QUALED obcianske zdruzenie pre kvalifikáciu a vzdelávanje (SL)
AKADIMAIKO DIADIKTYO (GR)
Ente Bilaterale Veneto (IT)
Sdruzhenie Mezhdunaroden institut po menidzhmant (BU)