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Skills Strategy Implementation Guidance for Portugal

Strengthening the Adult-Learning System

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Raising skills is critical to Portugal’s economic success and social well-being. As globalisation and digitalisation are transforming how people work, how societies function and how individuals interact, Portugal needs to equip its entire population with strong skills so that they can benefit from new opportunities.

Portugal has put education and skills at the forefront of the political agenda for many years, but more than half of adults have not completed upper secondary education. With the population ageing rapidly and a growing skills divide between generations, Portugal needs to further strengthen its adult-learning system. To make change happen, Portugal will need a clear vision for the adult-learning system and a strong partnership between all stakeholders – all levels of government, education and training providers, employers, trade unions, the non-profit sector and learners.

This report outlines areas where the accessibility, flexibility and quality of the adult-learning system can be improved, where governance and financing mechanisms can be strengthened, and provides examples of international and national good practice to help achieve these objectives. The report provides a series of concrete actions to help Portugal improve the adult-learning system and in turn enhance economic growth and social cohesion.

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Improving adult learning in Portugal: Assessment and Recommendations

This chapter describes the economic and policy context for this project and outlines the importance of raising the skills of adults to support economic growth and social progress in Portugal. It highlights the challenges related to low educational attainment among adults and low productivity and the need to further boost participation in adult learning particularly for the low-skilled. It then provides an overview of the project’s methods, and outlines the report’s policy recommendations. These include an overarching recommendation and 10 detailed recommendations across three areas: i) raising awareness of the value of skills and adult learning, ii) improving the accessibility, quality and relevance of adult learning and iii) enhancing the governance and financing of the adult-learning system.

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