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. More information on the website of the event.

Date and venue: 11 June 2018, Ljubljana

Main Subject: Adult education in secondary schools – for knowledge tailored to the needs of the labour market

Coordinators: SIAE and Association of Organisations for Adult Education in Secondary Schools (DOIO)

Invited stakeholders: represenatives of MESS, SIAE, CPI, Organisations for Adult Education in Secondary Schools, AEC, teachers, employers – over 80 participants

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 MESS, 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 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.

Mateja Pečar (mateja.pecar@acs.si), SIAE

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