Further education and advisory services provided to adults as a tool for better employability at the job market


RDA - Regional Development Agency Senec-Pezinok, Senec, SLOVAKIA



Contact details of the main implementing body

Name of the organisation, original language

Národný ústav celoživotného vzdelávania

Name of the organisation, English translation

National Institute for Lifelong Learning

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Name of the practice, original language

Ďalšie vzdelávanie a poradenstvo pre dospelých ako nástroj lepšej uplatniteľnosti na trhu práce



Description of the practice

The project will contribute to better preparedness and employability of further education graduates at the job markets, and thus through modern methods and forms of education, supported by employers´ incorporation defining labour market needs to the project. This will lead to economic development and competitiveness of the SR, and will ensure an public awareness on further education and advisory services to be risen, resulting in an increased number of persons attneding further education programs.

Policy context

Compliance with the Program Statement of the SR Government related to the targeted promotion of lifelong education, so that the human and social capacity of the enterprises (especially SMEs) would grow.

The background documentation:

  • National Reform Program
  • Europe 2020
  • Commission staff working paper
  • Decree of the Council on renewed European education program for adults
  • Council Resolution on better integrating lifelong guidance into lifelong learning strategies
  • Lifelong education strategy 2011

Labour market context

According to the Eurostat outcomes 2010, the number of SR citizens participating at further education activities does not exceed 3%. Most of the trainees attend explicitly language aducation or an education being obligatory to conduct within the job process. Both individuals and employers are not confident in currently offered education programs, there is no process of further education results and informal education acceptance, the certificates the individuals gain after certain education program completion do not bear equity of redemption. There is another problem, and thus an inappropriate interrelation of the real job market needs and „uselessly“ broad-range offers of education activities. Further education provision is a freelance service, i.e. the education programs can be currently provided by anyone. There are no minimum quality standards stipulated for an education institution, nor the minimum standards for further education lecturers, nor education programs.


  • Development of further education system


  • Development of the adult advisory system
  • Ancillary tools for further education development and advisory services provision for adults

Management and operation

The Project is managed by the National Institute of Lifelong Education

Target groups/beneficiaries

The project is targeted at all entities included in the processes of further education and advisory service provision for adults. The core beneficiaries include employers, persons participating at education and advisory activities, education institutions.

Start date

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Gender dimension

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Products involved in or resulting from the practice

Activity 1.1 Development of further education system

  • Standards and education programs of further education provision for lecturers of providing further education (with the aim to gain lecturing skills for adults educating) and for education managers (with the aim to gain skills necessary to devlop education programs)
  • Education programs of further education provision prepared for 40 selected most required qualifications at the job market within 10 industries, with the aim to gain specialized knowledge, skills and abilities forwarded to individuals (secondary vocational schools will ensure further vocational training).
  • Establishment of examination boards, and development of a system for accepting the results of further education
  • Described quality standards of education institutions of further education provision

Activity 1.2 Development of the adult advisory system

  • Described standards and developed and provided education program of further education provision for the advisors providing services to adults (advisory service tutors)
  • Standards and methodology for advisory services provision to adults
  • Country-wide network of advisory centers (25) which will ensure advisory services focused on the development of carrier and personal growth, awareness of the people about the education programs of initial and further education, about the opportunities to conduct examinations for further education results to be accepted,

Activity 1.3 Ancillary tools for further education development and advisory services provision for adults:

  • A campaign launched to raise awareness of the public about the project activities, education programs of further education, about the possibilities to join in the process of further education, and informal education.
  • System of monitoring and forecasting of education needs of the individuals, and the employers
  • System of further education financing

Outcomes of the practice (planned/expected and actual)

Expected outcomes: higher proportion of adults participating on further education process and advisory services provision for adults through the development of the systems and the ancillary tools which will be aimed at ensuring the quality of the systems.

Source of funding

National budget (tax revenue), European Social Fund

Main responsible body, type

Ministry or other national public body/authority. Please specify

National Institute of Lifelong Education

Role of implementing body

Management and overall supervision of the project

Other bodies involved in implementation of the practice as partners or contractors

no other bodies

Evaluation - Was the practice evaluated?



Target group(s)

Employers, Jobseekers, People seeking training


All employers, Micro enterprises, Small enterprises, Medium enterprises, Large enterprises


All unemployed, Long-term unemployed, Employed (threatened by redundancy), Youth, Older jobseekers, Disabled (physical) / Disabled (mental/psychological), Men, Women

People seeking training

Employees, Out of work - adult, Out or work - youth

B.2 Type of practice

B.2.1 Practices related to management or servicing of clients

Registration, skill assessments, identification of client needs and matching

Registration of clients, Registration of vacancies, Skill assessment, Identification of clients’ needs, Matching services

B.2.2 Practices related to labour market information and improvement of micro and smes’ procedures

Labour market information (LMI)

Collection of LMI (demand, supply or both), Analysis of LMI, Dissemination of LMI

Micro and SMEs’ procedures

Improvement of micro and smes’ recruitment and human resource management practices, Identification of needed skills, Staff training/development

B.2.3 Practices related to skill mismatch reduction

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch (targeted to unemployed or employed)

Individual counselling/guidance/mentoring/coaching, Group counselling/guidance, Training (classroom)

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch: labour mobility

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Sharing the cost of training and skills development

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B.3 Delivery method(s)

Delivery methods involved

e-Services, Mass media (television/radio), Face to face contacts

B.4 Contracting out

Extent of contracting out of practice: The service is contracted out…

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Type of subcontractor(s)

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B.5 Partnership

Type of partners involved in implementation of the practice

Public, Private, Third sector

SECTION C - Information about evaluation of the practice

When was the practice evaluated?

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Details of the organisation responsible for carrying out the evaluation

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Name of the organisation, English translation

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E mail

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Web page

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Overall evaluation methodology/methodology

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Indicators in the evaluation

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Main findings of the evaluation

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Change in practice following evaluation

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C.1 Documentation of the evaluation

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D.1 - Evidence of results

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D.2 - Relevance

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D.3 - Availability of clear and adequate information

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D.4 - Impact

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D.5 - Innovation

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D.6 - Broad-based participation

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D.7 - Sustainability

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D.8 - Mainstreaming

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D.9 - European Added Value and Transferability

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D.10 - Additional comments

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