The Commission Communication on the European Skills Agenda adopted in July 2020 announces that the Commission will explore individual learning accounts as a tool to support the up- and reskilling of working age adults.
The European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan adopted on 4 March 2021 sets the target of 60% of adults participating in training every year by 2030, and it mentions an initiative on individual learning accounts to support the implementation of the right to build skills throughout life.
The initiative on individual learning accounts was included in the Commission Work Programme for 2021.
The two-day online high-level forum of 4-5 March 2021 looked at individual learning accounts (ILAs) as part of a possible solution to the EU objective of increasing adult participation in up- and reskilling, through learning from existing practices and discussing the challenges and factors for success. The conference is part of a broader stakeholder consultation process to investigate whether ILAs can be a useful tool to support up- and reskilling, particularly given the many skills challenges Europe is facing, related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the digital and green transformations.
To support the Commission’s exploratory work on ILAs, stakeholder opinions will be sought within the consultation process, with the high-level forum being part of it. An open public consultation and targeted consultations are underway.
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