Adult Education specialists from across Europe met in Norwich last week as the national Adult Learning Festival was launched.

The second partner meeting for the EU funded Flexi-Path project took place at the Maids Head Hotel following its January launch in Germany.

The project is funded by Leonardo, part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme focusing on vocational education and training.

Partners from the Estonia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the UK met to develop the project which will allow adult education professionals to gain recognition for their higher level skills both in this country and abroad.

UK Project Director Bernard Godding says ‘many people are highly qualified in their main teaching subject and exceptionally able teachers but once they take on greater responsibilities they find it impossible to gain a relevant qualification’.

The next step for the partners is to develop a common reference framework for a profile of a Masters level adult educator which will identify the general indicators of knowledge, skills and competencies provided within the 7th EQF level.

This set of competencies will form the basis for the creation of a validation instrument which can be used to assess the skills and experience that adult educators have gained during their career. The instrument will be applicable to a general and diverse variety of roles that may be being fulfilled within the field of adult education. Examples of those who may benefit include specialists in adult learning, team leaders, Heads of Departments, curriculum developers and researchers.

The Norwich meeting formed the starting point of the work on the competency profile.

For more information on the ECA’s involvement with the Flexi-Path project please click here.

To discuss the project with us please contact us on 08442 495594 or email

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Date Added: October 5th 2009