Consultation events 2018

The third EAAL consultation meeting and breakfast with firms organized by SIAE, the Association of Adult Education Centres of Slovenia (ZLUS) and the e-portal mojazaposlitev.si entitled »Does assessing skills and developing competences lead to greater satisfaction of employees and employers?« took place on 11 September 2018 in Ljubljana. We welcomed over 100 participants from the adult education and economy sector. More information on the website of the event: https://pro.acs.si/epuo-dogodek/2018-3.

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The consultation was meant for directors, managers and HR specialists, adult education providers and experts, policy makers at national and local level, and other stakeholders on both levels. Via two plenary lectures and presentations of excellent examples, two steps of the Upskilling Pathways: new opportunities for adults were highlighted, i.e. identification of existing skills and upskilling needs as well as the provision of tailored and flexible education and training. Special emphasis was paid to the cooperation between education providers and enterprises – from the identification of educational needs up to the ultimate goal, i.e. skilled and committed employees as well as empowered employers.

The opening addresses were given by Andrej Sotošek, director of the SIAE, Bojan Hajdinjak, the president of the Association of Adult Education Centres of Slovenia, Saša Boštjančič, directress of the portal mojazaposlitev.si, and Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik, the EAAL project manager at the SIAE.

The first keynote speaker was Dr Vesna Rejec Skrt, Director of Human Resources at the Raycap Slovenia, who presented how to raise enthusiasm in employees through on-boarding and outgoing interviews.

Afterwards, three examples of good practice – partnerships were introduced to the audience. The first presentation was given by the representatives of the Cene Štupar Adult Eductation Centre and Ljubljana Public Transport Company (LPP – electric vehicles Kavalir), the second one by Maribor Adult Education Centre and University Medical Centre Maribor, and the third one by Murska Sobota Adult Education Centre and the Pomurje dairy farms.

In the afternoon the keynote speaker was Dr Eva Boštjančič of the Department of Psychology at the University of Ljubljana, who delivered the speech about competences. Eva Mermolja of the Ajdovščina Adult Education Centre presented the example of good practice entitled Competences in practice.

The meeting concluded with the panel discussion with Teja Dolgan of the MESS, and Irena Kuntarič Hribar of the Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia.

 

The second EAAL consultation meeting and annual meeting of the Association of Organisations for Adult Education in Secondary Schools (DOIO) entitled »Adult education in secondary schools – for knowledge tailored to the needs of the labour market« took place on 11 June 2018 in Ljubljana. We welcomed over 80 participants from the adult education sector. More information on the website of the event: https://pro.acs.si/epuo-dogodek/2018-2.

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It seems that nowadays, secondary schools in the field of adult education are in a disadvantaged position.  A few years ago, due to similar circumstances, the DOIO Association was established in order to jointly call attention to problems and challenges as well as directly influence solutions. What is the way forward regarding adult education in secondary schools and how to manage it? These questions with regard to actual needs of the labour market were addressed at the second EAAL consultation meeting and annual meeting of the DOIO.

The opening addresses were given by Zlatko Zepan, the president of DOIO, and Andrej Sotošek, the director of the SIAE. The high-profile keynote speakers, Dr Andreja Barle Lakota, a state secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, presented the role of adult education in secondary schools including views and expectations of the ministry. Two members of the DOIO continued with the presentation of the importance and role of DOIO for adult education in secondary schools based on the analysis of the survey among members. Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik, the EAAL project manager the SIAE, presented the implementation of the EAAL in Slovenia. Elido Bandelj, the director of Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training (CPI), introduced the Qualification framework and advanced training programs and additional qualifications. Presentation of the project “Implementation of vocational education and training programs in 2018-2022” was given by Nataša Hafner Vojčić of the MESS. The participants were engaged through the VoxVote system.

In the afternoon session two examples of good practice were presented to the participants by experts of the Biotechnical Educational Centre Ljubljana and the School Centre Novo mesto. They both stressed the cooperation with employers in the preparation and implementation of programmes for the needs of the labour market.

The meeting concluded with the presentation of the training for the preparation of training and advanced training programmes for the needs of the labour market by Dr Klara Skubic Ermenc of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana.

The First EAAL consultation meeting and annual conference of the Association of Educational and Guidance Centres of Slovenia (ZiSSS) entitled »Challenges and opportunities of education for longer labour activity« took place on 10 and 11 April 2018 in Rimske Toplice. We welcomed over 100 participants from the adult education sector. More information on the website of the event: https://pro.acs.si/epuo-dogodek/2018-1.

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The changing demographic picture and the resulting shrinking of the working population could eventually reduce the potential for economic growth. Therefore, adaptations in the labour market and in the field of education are called for. They should smooth the way to longer activity in the labour market and foster efficient use of all generations’ potentials. These challenges were addressed by the first EAAL consultation meeting that was organized jointly by SIAE and the Association. The event was intended for adult educators who develop and execute various forms of education and training as well as support activities (guidance, awareness-raising, etc.).

The event was opened by Maja Radinovič Hajdič of the Jesenice Adult Education Centre, Andrej Sotošek of the SIAE and Katja Dovžak of the MESS. Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik, the EAAL project manager at the SIAE, and Maruša Bajt of EPALE NSS (CMEPIUS) presented ‘The Upskilling Pathways – we discover and support them through the EAAL project (and the support of EPALE)’. Andreja Dobrovoljc of the SIAE introduced the guidance support for involving older employees in education. She was followed by the representative of the Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia who pointed the main goals of the programme called ‘Supporting companies in managing older employees’ (ASI). Ada Hočevar Grom of the National Institute of Public Health emphasized the importance of the level of health of our municipalities, and the director of the SIAE the pre-occupational activities for a healthy age. The plenary session was concluded by two speakers; Natalija Žunko of the PRIZMA Foundation Maribor who pointed out that the intergenerational cooperation is the treasury of knowledge, and Tomaž Tišler, head of the Information Society Development Division of the Directorate for Information Society at the Ministry of Public Administration, whose focus was on Digital Slovenia 2020.

In the afternoon session four examples of good practice were presented to the participants by experts of Slovenian adult education centres in Žalec, Trbovlje, Nova Gorica and Kranj. They covered the topics such as intergenerational transfer of knowledge from the field of entrepreneurship, modern technology facilitates farm work, communication in the workplace and in everyday life, and volunteering – preserving and upgrading knowledge and skills.

During the second day of the meeting the participants took place in a series of workshops including intergenerational cooperation, creating a healthy working environment, digital literacy and volunteering. The workshops also included the expert discussion on the content of outreach programs and methods for reaching target groups. After that, summaries of work in groups were introduced to the whole audience.

The meeting concluded with the panel discussion where experts from economy, health and education sectors opened up new opportunities and pathways for adults having in mind the UP Recommendation. See video on this panel discussion: https://pro.acs.si/epuo-dogodek/2018-1/vsebine/?id=576.

 

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