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Lifelong learning


Lifelong learning encompasses learning for personal, civic and social purposes as well as for employment-related purposes. It takes place in a variety of environments in and outside the formal education and training systems. Lifelong learning implies raising investment in people and knowledge; promoting the acquisition of basic skills, including digital literacy; and broadening opportunities for innovative, more flexible forms of learning. Lifelong learning is now one of the four "pillars" of the European "flexicurity" principles and recognised as a key element to maintain the employability of the workforce.

Whilst supporting the lifelong learning approach, UEAPME has consistently argued for the recognition of the specific needs of European SMEs as well as the recognition of continuous informal training in SMEs.

Position papers and other documents

-  November 2012: UEAPME position on a proposal for a Council Recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning

-  January 2010: UEAPME reply to the EC first stage consultation on the promotion and validation of non-formal and informal learning

-  October 2009: UEAPME position paper on a strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training 2020

-  May 2008: UEAPME position on the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)

-  December 2007: UEAPME position paper on the Draft 2008 joint progress report on the implementation of the Education & Training 2010 work programme

-  March 2007: UEAPME response to the European Commission’s consultation on an "European Credit Transfer System for Vocational Education and Training" (ECVET)

-  January 2007: UEAPME position paper on adult learning

-  March 2006: UEAPME position paper on the Commission’s Communication on Implementing the Community Lisbon Programme: Fostering entrepreneurial mindsets through education and learning - COM (2006) 33 final

-  December 2005: UEAPME position on the draft 2006 joint progress report on the implementation of the Education & Training 2010 work programme

-  December 2005: UEAPME Position on the consultation ’Towards a European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong learning’

-  September 2004: UEAPME response to the consultation on a system of credit transfer for vocational training and common reference levels for VET

-  September 2004: UEAPME comments on the proposal for a Regulation on the statistics relating to vocational training in enterprises

-  May 2004: UEAPME response on the consultation on common European Principles on the validation of informal and non-formal learning

-  April 2004: UEAPME’s Position on the new generation of community education and training programmes after 2006

-  February 2004: UEAPME’s response to the European Commission Communication "Education and Training 2010"

-  July 2001: UEAPME position - paper European Commission Memorandum on Lifelong Learning

-  March 2001: Social Partners Interim Report for the Stockholm Summit

Press releases

-  23/11/2011: SMEs broadly welcome new “Erasmus for all” programme

-  24/05/2005: Vocational training must have parity with general education

-  25/02/2004: UEAPME warns Education Council and Commission that Lisbon goals for Education and Training cannot be achieved without specific support measures for SMEs

-  08/02/2003: First structured dialogue on vocational education and training: UEAPME stresses need for validation of informal learning

-  08/02/2003: Premier dialogue structuré sur la formation professionnelle et l’apprentissage L’ UEAPME souligne la nécessité de validation et d’apprentissage informel

Framework of actions on lifelong learning: key documents

-  19/03/2006: Evaluation report on the Framework of Actions on the Lifelong Development of Competencies and Qualifications

-  01/03/2005: Third follow up report on the Framework of Actions on the Lifelong Development of Competencies and Qualifications

-  05/03/2004: Second follow up report on the Framework of Actions on the Lifelong Development of Competencies and Qualifications

-  14/03/2003: First follow up report on the Framework of Actions on the Lifelong Development of Competencies and Qualifications

-  28/02/2002: Social Partners Framework for Actions, submitted to the Barcelona Summit

Other documents

- June 2009, European Commission: Guide for Training in SMEs

Projects & Links

- Moveart Project

- Euronaver Project