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Start date: Nov 1, 2009,

The current economic crisis is generating a paradigm shift in the European job market. The assumption that Knowledge Workers, irrespective of their education, are immune from unemployment is no longer valid. In such a context, the domain of adult learning needs to readjust to better cope with the double challenge of Ageing Knowledge Workers who tend to have lower education and engage in less training than younger workers. The situation is exacerbated by the peculiar needs of the ageing workforce and the need to ensure flexicurity. EKWALS is designed to timely respond to the contingencies caused by the current economic downturn. Adults vary tremendously in how they acquire knowledge and one single adult learning solution cannot adequately address the diversity of adult learners. EKWALS bridges the gaps by re-engineering adult learning solutions through the main project deliverables: 1. A set of algorithms to establish positive correlations among the variables of adult learning; 2. MISTRAL, the ICT supported methodology in five languages to identify timely and promptly the best possible combination of learning solutions for Ageing Knowledge Workers; 3. A set of three high quality modules in five language versions to promote employability and entrepreneurship. Once validated, the three modules will be uploaded in the Grundtvig Catalogue. Initially implemented in five Member States, including two new Member States, EKWALS methodology, tools and modules can be flexibly adapted across the European Union virtually in all Lifelong Learning activities in various economic sectors, regions and for a wide range of target audience. An initial estimate of more than 850 direct beneficiaries will be involved in the project, while the total outreach of EKWALS is estimated in more than 8,000 people a year, thanks to the dissemination and exploitation strategies. The consortium represents all stakeholders involved in LL cycle, and a variety of cultural approaches to the topic.
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