The Challenge

Low skilled adults are one of the groups that is strongly influenced since the beginning of the EU financial crisis as the EU Labour Force Survey data clearly indicates. One of the problems that prevent the integration of low-skilled adults in labour market is their lack of proper training. Furthermore, as the MLP programme reports, although on-the-job training is valuable for many trainees, the most low-skilled jobseekers may need additional basic skills training. A large survey carried out by OECD on a large sample of adults from all EU countries (OECD2013-The Survey of Adult Skills) indicates that adults with low literacy,  numeracy and digital skills report poorer health, lower income, lower civic engagement, less trust and are threatened with social exclusion.