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Adult skills are fundamental to ensure a successful integration of individuals in society. Poor skills prevent citizens from equally participating in the social and political life of their countries while exposing them to worse employment opportunities, lower earnings and a much greater risk of economic disadvantage and overall social exclusion. Additionally, from a social point of view, an adequate investment in skills is crucial to tackle inequality and promoting social mobility. Beyond formal educational attainment, CRELL explores more in-depth the issue of drivers of skills change, distinguishing between cohort and ageing effects and the contribution of different education strands towards the European skills base, in particular, vocational education and training and adult lifelong learning. CRELL also works on skill and education mismatch and on the link between skills and social outcomes. 

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The topics we are currently working on include:

  • Adult skills for employability 
  • Adult participation in lifelong learning
  • The link between educational outcomes and formal education 
  • Early school leavers vs NEET