(Professionalization of Trainers for Work Based Basic Skills)


All over Europe, the participation of low-qualified employees in vocational training is far below average, their risk of unemployment is high. In the current professional debates, these employees have increasingly come into focus in the last 10 years as an endogenous potential for securing competitiveness. As an access option for the acquisition of low-skilled target groups for lifelong learning, companies are becoming increasingly important.

Work-based basic skills training as a vocational training offer proves itself in the European area as a significant way to reach these employees for a development of their basic competencies. A variety of national and European projects and implementation strategies have generated empirical findings on this innovative training field on how access to companies and employees, work-based learning and competence development can be designed and which organizational conditions promote this business field. It has been shown that if strategies for continuing education are to be successful for unskilled workers, work-based learning must be professionally designed.


PROFI-TRAIN uses the knowledge base of work based basic skills training and aims at the development of a transferable and flexible professional training concept for experts in adult education and vocational training – teaching, guiding and disposing experts – in order to contribute to professional development.

The professional training concept will be contextualised and tested in six countries. Slovenian Institute for Adult Education is responsible for the second of four intellectual outputs (IO2) which encompaases conceptual framework and coordination of development of six curricularly edited thematic Modules.

Photo from the kick-off meeting of project partners in Dortmund in November 2017.


A leaflet with gathered basic information about the PROFI-TRAIN is available here.


Project results

The professional training concept „Trainer-competence for work-based basic skills” consists and will result in three
building blocks:

  • Manual for the self-study (Competent for work-based basic education, in six chapters, the know-how is prepared as a self-learning material for trainers),
  • six curricularly edited thematic Modules for the realization of seminars,
  • Training guide for stakeholders.

There will be an official project webpage and national country reports on work-based basic skills in each partner country available online. The professional training concept will be contextualised and tested in six countries. Materials will be translated in 5 languages and available online.

Project details

Timeframe: 1st September 2017 – 31st August 2020
Programme: Erasmus+, K2
Coordinator: Germany
Partner countries: Slovenia, Malta, Austia, Czech, Greece, Switzerland (silent partner)
Project coordinator for Slovenia: Estera Možina, MA (T: 01 5842 591, F: 01 5842 550, E:
Project associates in Slovenia: Petra Javrh, PhD