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Spain:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

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Spain:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Spain:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Spain:Quality Assurance

Spain:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

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Spain:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Spain:Educational Support and Guidance

Spain:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

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Spain:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

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Spain:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Spain:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Spain:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Spain:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

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Spain:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Spain:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

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Spain:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

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Spain:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Spain:European Perspective

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Definition of the Target Group(s)

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.

Adult education is a specific support measure for promoting equal opportunities itself, since it contributes to reduce the risk of social exclusion, mainly in the most disadvantaged areas, ensures the chance to increase and update adult people's competences, and enhances equal rights and opportunities for men and women, among other specific objectives.

Adult training provision offered by the education, employment and local authorities

Type of provision

Name

Responsible authorities


Provision to raise achievement in basic skills

Basic education for adults

Initial education

Education


Secondary education for adults


Vocational secondary education for adults

Basic vocational training


Language education

To acquire the Basic User level (A1 and A2) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

In order to obtain a language certificate, they may sit the corresponding tests.


Provision to achieve a recognised qualification during adulthood

Post-compulsory education

Bachillerato

Education


Vocational training: intermediate and advanced vocational training cycles


Examinations

To obtain a qualification: Lower Compulsory Secondary Education Certificate, Bachillerato certificate, Technician certificate, Advanced Technician certificate.

To obtain a language certificate without completing the corresponding course.


To have access to studies leading to the award of an official qualification: intermediate and advanced vocational training, advanced artistic education and university education.


Provision targeting the transition to the labour market

 

Supply training

Specific programmes aimed at people with special training needs, or experiencing difficulties entering the labour market or overcoming skill barriers.

Employment


Training actions with recruitment commitment.


Training actions primarily aimed at the unemployed.


Placements in companies.


Work-linked training

Training and learning contract (Dual vocational training: Training activity of this contract).


Public employment and training programmes:

  • Workshop-schools and trade training centres
  • Employment workshops

PREPARA Programme



Provision of liberal (popular) adult education1

Educational provision

Local


Training provision


Training for employment provision


Cultural provision


Other types of publicly subsidised provision for adult learners2

Demand training

On-the-job training actions

 

Employment


Individual training plans


Supply training

Training programmes aimed primarily at employed workers


Training actions for public officials


1Some of the educational and training activities included in this type of provision contribute to raising achievement in basic skills.

2Although these actions are aimed primarily at employed workers, unemployed people may also participate in some of them.

Source: Drawn up by Eurydice Spain-Spanish Network for Information on Education (National Centre for Educational Innovation and Research, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport).

The target groups of measures for treating diversity are the same as those specified in article Special education needs provision within mainstream education.

Specific Support Measures

There are also measures of the education system aimed at attending the different needs of adults within provision to raise achievement in basic skills:

In basic education (initial education and secondary education for adults):

  • Monitoring aimed at adopting the measures for education reinforcement or support and, if appropriate, curricular adaptation when the academic achievement is not right. The importance of a personalised and inclusive education is highlighted, taking into account the characteristics of the target people.
  • In some Autonomous Communities, even if the students have not passed their education levels, it is possible to obtain a certificate with the studies, levels and modules taken.
  • Flexibilisation of the studies length: although in most of the Autonomous Communities the organisation of these studies makes possible to take them in two academic years, all of them establish that this period can be extended or reduced depending on the students' experiences, needs and interests.
  • Specific programmes for learning Castilian and other co-official languages: the Education Authorities promote these programmes, as well as learning other basic cultural elements, in order to make easier immigrant people inclusion.  
  • Programmes for illiteracy eradication and educational and professional promotion of those adults at risk and social exclusion.

In vocational training:

  • Disabled people are attended, favoring accessibility conditions and including the necessary support resources.
  • Those students not passing all the studies of every training cycle obtain an academic certificate with the vocational modules passed, including, not only academic information, but also accumulated partial certification of the professional competences acquired, in line with National System for Qualifications and Vocational Training.

Other organisational alternatives:

  • Distance education: The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, through the Centre for the Innovation and Development of Distance Education (CIDEAD), coordinates and organises this modality. On this manner, adult people and school-aged people who cannot attend mainstream education due to personal, social, geographical or other kind circumstances can access education more easily. Students receiving this kind of education are supported by a tutor through group or individual tutorships, which can be face-to-face or on-line.

Finally, the education authorities offer general grants and financial support for adults engaged in post-compulsory education. For detailed information on grants and financial support, see section Financial support for adult learners.