Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Culture, education and youth | Employment and social rights
Organiser: European Commission
The Commission will release jointly with the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) the results of the Survey of Adult Skills.
The Survey will for the first time provide comparable data on literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills for the adult population in 24 countries. The results highlight striking differences in skills levels between countries.
The findings confirm that a high proportion of the European workforce has a low level of skills, which is likely to present major challenges for European countries as the labour market demand for skills increases in the future. Furthermore the results suggest that many European adults cannot use ICT effectively.
The survey results are expected to become a landmark for assessing adult skills, just as the well-known PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) for 15 years old pupils.
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, together with Angel Gurría, the Secretary-General of the OECD, will present the main findings of the Survey and elaborate on their importance for education and training policies in Europe.
Press releases, country notes, reports and executive summaries will be available on the day.