Glossary CREATE

Competitive Regions and Employability of Adults Through Education.


Adult Education (
General or vocational education provided for adults after initial education and training for professional and/or personal purposes and which aims to:
• Provide general education for adults in topics of particular interest to them (eg. in Open Universities)
• Provide compensatory learning in basic skills which individuals may not have acquired earlier in their initial education or training (such as literacy, numeracy) and thus to;
• Give access to qualifications not gained, for various reasons, in the initial education and training system
• Acquire, improve or update knowledge, skills, or competencies in a specific field: this is continuing education and training

Comment: Adult education is close to, but not synonymous with, continuing education and training