Annex E. Engagement

The National Skills Strategy Action Phase involved ongoing oversight and input from the National Project Team, which consisted of representatives of ten ministries and offices, (co-ordinated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport) (Table A E.1).

Table A E.1. National Project Team

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Ministry of Public Administration

Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy

A broad range of stakeholders participated in the project, including representatives of municipalities, regional development agencies, adult education providers, employers, employer associations, trade unions and others.

The OECD conducted four country visits between December 2017 and July 2018, including two interactive workshops and 15 in-depth thematic discussions.

Mission 1: Inception Meeting

During the mission 12-14 December 2017, members of the OECD team:

  1. 1. facilitated a roundtable discussion in Ljubljana with senior officials from ministries, to receive their feedback on the proposed focus, scope and planned outputs of the Action Phase

  2. 2. held a technical-level meeting with representatives from participating ministries, to discuss the operational plan and skills governance in Slovenia

  3. 3. presented to social partners, researchers and other stakeholders to gather their feedback on the proposed Action Phase, and opportunities for improving co-operation between stakeholders and government in adult learning.

Representatives of nine ministries and offices attended the senior-official roundtable and the technical-level meeting in Ljubljana on 13 December (Table A E.2).

Table A E.2. Senior-officials and technical-level meetings, Ljubljana, 13 December 2017

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Public Administration

Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy

Twenty social partners, stakeholders and researchers from seven organisations attended the OECD presentation to stakeholders in Ljubljana on 14 December (Table A E.3).

Table A E.3. Organisations participating in presentation to stakeholders, Ljubljana, 14 December 2017

Ministries and agencies

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Stakeholders and institutes

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions of Slovenia

Faculty of Economics

Slovenian Institute for Adult Education

The Association of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia

Mission 2: Mapping the system and challenges

During the mission of 26-29 March, members of the OECD team:

  1. 1. facilitated a workshop in Lukovica with ministries, agencies and stakeholders, to gather concrete examples of, and enable cross-sectoral dialogue on opportunities for strengthening co-operation between stakeholders and with ministries in adult learning

  2. 2. facilitated a roundtable discussion in Ljubljana with representatives from ministries, institutes and agencies, to gather concrete examples and enable inter-ministerial discussion of opportunities for strengthening inter-ministerial co-operation in adult learning

  3. 3. held four bilateral meetings with representatives from ministries, institutes and agencies, to explore the issues raised in the workshop and roundtable discussion in more detail.

Twenty-seven participants from fourteen organisations attended the workshop in Lukovica on 27 March (Table A E.4).

Table A E.4. Organisations participating in workshop, Lukovica, 27 March 2018

Ministries and agencies

Stakeholders and institutes

Employment Service of Slovenia

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy

The Association of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

Adult Education Centre Jesenice

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

Adult Education Centre Slovenska Bistrica

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

University of Ljubljana

Ministry of Justice, Prison Administration of the Republic of Slovenia

Slovenian Institute for Adult Education

Ministry of Public Administration, Administration Academy

Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia

Twenty-four participants from ten ministries, agencies and institutes attended the inter-ministerial roundtable in Ljubljana on 28 March (Table A E.5).

Table A E.5. Participants in inter-ministerial workshop, Ljubljana, 28 March 2018

Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy

Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Ministry of Public Administration, Administration Academy

National Examinations Centre

Slovenian Institute for Adult Education

The OECD met with representatives of four organisations on 28-29 March (Table A E.6), to explore the issues raised in the workshop and roundtable discussion in more detail.

Table A E.6. Bilateral meetings, Ljubljana, 28-29 March 2018

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Slovenian Institute for Adult Education

Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training

Mission 3: Testing findings and potential areas for action

During the mission of 14-18 May, the OECD facilitated seven in-depth thematic discussions, to gather feedback from different sectors and stakeholders on the relative importance of potential areas of action, and on the key challenges and opportunities for strengthening co-operation in adult learning in Slovenia. All discussions took place in Ljubljana, except one that took place at the Adult Education Centre in Jesenice. The discussions covered the themes of:

  1. 1. Reliable and user friendly information

  2. 2. Shared and sustainable funding

  3. 3. Strengthening institutions for inter-ministerial co-ordination

  4. 4. Supporting staff for co-operation & engagement

  5. 5. Municipal perspectives on co-operation

  6. 6. Stakeholders’ roles in policy-making and partnerships

  7. 7. Local/regional perspectives on co-operation

Eighteen organisations, including ministries, agencies and institutes, municipalities and regional development agencies, employers, adult education providers, and/or local-level stakeholders (Table A E.7) participated in seven thematic discussions.

Table A E.7. Participants in Thematic Discussions, Ljubljana 14-18 May 2018

Ministries and agencies

Stakeholders and institutes

Employment Service of Slovenia

Adult Education Centre Jesenice

Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy

Association of Urban Municipalities of Slovenia

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

General Hospital Jesenice

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Municipality of Jesenice

Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning

Regional Chamber of Craft and Small Business Jesenice

Ministry of Finance

Representative of Students of Independent Institutions of Higher Education

Ministry of Health

Slovenian Institute for Adult Education

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Ministry of Public Administration, Administration Academy

Mission 4: Testing recommended actions

During the mission of 2-5 July the OECD:

  • conducted an introductory, interactive half-day workshop in Ljubljana, to present and discuss the full set of draft recommended actions, and give feedback on how to improve the entire set of actions, and individual actions

  • facilitated eight thematic discussions to cover 15 draft recommended actions, and to test the views of different sectors and stakeholders on the relative importance of potential actions. The discussions covered the themes of:

    • Action 1. Establish a whole-of-government, cross-sectoral body + Action 2. Create a comprehensive Adult Learning Strategy

    • Action 6. Expand joint tenders and other inter-ministerial partnerships

    • Action 3. & 4. Improve awareness, skills, recognition and resources for co-operation in the public administration

    • Action 5. Improve and integrate information on skills needs, learning opportunities and learning outcomes

    • Actions 7 & 8. Align national, regional and local adult learning policies, and include municipalities in national bodies

    • Actions 10 & 11. Spur more local and regional partnerships in adult learning

    • Action 9. Better tailor adult learning services to the needs of adults

    • Action 12. Expand campaigns to motivate more adults to learn + Actions 13, 14 & 15. Better use EU funding, create a cross-sectoral funding agreement, and fully fund learning for low-skilled adults.

Thirteen organisations participated in workshop on 3 July (Table A E.8).

Table A E.8. Organisations participating in roundtable discussion, Ljubljana, 3 July 2018

Ministries and agencies

Stakeholders and institutes

Employment Service of Slovenia

Adult Education Centre Jesenice

Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development

Development Centre Murska Sobota

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Slovenian Institute for Adult Education

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Slovenian Rural Youth Association

Ministry of Public Administration

Ministry of Public Administration, Administration Academy

Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia

Twenty-three ministries, agencies and institutes, adult learners, and adult education providers participated in Thematic Workshops 2-5 July (Table A E.9).

Table A E.9. Participants in Thematic Discussions, Ljubljana, 2-5 July 2018

Ministries and agencies

Stakeholders and institutes

Employment Service of Slovenia

Adult Education Centre Jesenice

Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy

Adult Education Centre Slovenska Bistrica

Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development

Association of Independent Higher Learning Institutions / Alma mater

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

Association of Independent Higher Learning Institutions / GEA College

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology

Erudio

Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training

Ministry of Finance

Representative of Students of Independent Institutions of Higher Education 

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Simbioza Genesis, social company

Ministry of Public Administration

Slovenian Institute for Adult Education

Ministry of Public Administration, Administration Academy

Slovenian National Parents' Association

Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia

Slovenian Rural Youth Association

The Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes

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