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Skills Strategy Implementation Guidance for Slovenia

Improving the Governance of Adult Learning

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A well-coordinated adult learning system will be essential to support the achievement of Slovenia’s long-term development goals. The transformational effects of globalisation, technological progress and demographic change on life at work and outside of it amplify the importance of getting adults’ skills right.

OECD research shows that individuals, employers and society benefit from adults having higher levels of skills. Slovenia has achieved significant improvements in student performance and tertiary attainment in recent decades. Yet today, many adults in Slovenia have only low levels of basic skills. Participation in adult learning remains below Slovenia’s targets, especially for low-skilled, unemployed and older adults, and workers in small businesses. Against the backdrop of a growing economy and awareness about the importance of skills, Slovenia’s government, social partners and stakeholders have a unique opportunity to improve how they share responsibility and work together in the adult learning system.

This report outlines how Slovenia can strengthen the enabling conditions for co-operation, co-operation between specific actors (ministries, municipalities and stakeholders), and co-operation on specific challenges (promotion and financing). It recommends eight actions that government, social partners and stakeholders can take to strengthen co-ordination and co-operation, in order to improve participation, outcomes and cost-effectiveness in adult learning.

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Strengthening co-operation between specific actors for adult learning

In addition to strengthening the overall conditions for co-operation in adult learning (Chapter 2), Slovenia has opportunities to strengthen co-operation between specific actors: between ministries, with and between local actors, and between government (including public providers) and stakeholders (adult learners, employers and others). This chapter presents each of these three areas for action with: 1) an overview of current arrangements; 2) a summary of current challenges and opportunities; 3) examples of good practice from Slovenia and abroad; and 4) recommended actions for strengthening co-operation in order to boost adults’ learning and skills.

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