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Adult education ranges from the traditional literacy processes and the achievement of basic education to training leading to employment or leisure activities.

The aim of adult education is to offer people over 18 the possibility to acquire, update, complete or expand their knowledge and skills for their personal and professional development. Exceptionally, people over the age of 16 may, at their request, take adult education courses if they have a work contract which does not allow them to attend mainstream educational institutions or if they are high-performance sportspeople. Access to adult education is also guaranteed for the prison population.

The 2006 Education Act and the 2013 Act on the Improvement of the Quality of Education, modifying it, are the basic rules currently governing the educational provision of the Spanish education system. The new Act was published in the Spanish Official Gazette of 10/12/2013 and began to be implemented this academic year 2014/15.

As far as adult education is concerned, both Acts establish the following specific objectives:

  • Acquire basic training, increase and refresh adults’ knowledge, abilities and skills on a permanent basis, and facilitate access to the different types of provision within the education system.
  • Improve their professional qualification or acquire the necessary training for the practice of other professions.
  • Develop their personal skills in the areas of self-expression, communication, interpersonal relations and knowledge building.
  • Develop their ability to participate in social, cultural, political and economic life and exercise their right to democratic citizenship.
  • Develop programmes to overcome the risk of social exclusion, especially in the most disadvantaged sectors.
  • Respond adequately to the challenges related to the gradual aging of the population, ensuring older people the opportunity to increase and update their skills.
  • Anticipate and resolve personal, family and social conflicts peacefully.
  • Foster real equality of rights and opportunities between men and women, as well as critically analyse and assess inequalities between them.
  • Acquire, increase and renew the knowledge, abilities and skills required in order to create companies and carry out business activities and initiatives.

Adult training provision comprises different types of programmes, which are organised by the education, employment and local authorities:

  • The education authorities provide adults with an opportunity to acquire basic education or complete the different types of provision of the education system leading to the award of an official qualification. In addition, they periodically organise entrance examinations to have access to different types of provision or to obtain an official qualification without having to complete the corresponding studies. For detailed information on the training provision offered by the education authorities, see sections Provision to raise achievement in basic skills and Provision to achieve a recognised qualification during adulthood.
  • The employment authorities organise a series of training actions aimed at both employed workers and unemployed people, with the aim of improving the employability of the population. These measures include training actions with recruitment commitment, work-linked training, training plans primarily aimed at the unemployed, as well as specific plan for the training of employed workers. For detailed information on the training provision offered by the employment authorities, see sections Provision targeting the transition to the labour market and Other types of publicly subsidised provision for adult learners.
  • Finally, local authorities are responsible for organising popular education through popular universities, which offer a wide range of educational, training and cultural activities. For detailed information on the training provision offered by local authorities, see section Provision of liberal (popular) adult education.