The meeting was inaugurated by Marzena Machałek, Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Education. The speakers included Judit Rozsa from the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. In her speech, our guest from the European Commission emphasised the importance of innovation in the education sector. Dr Piotr Stankiewicz, Director of the Educational Research Institute, also spoke in a similar tone, emphasising the role of lifelong learning and informal learning.
Recommendations for education
At the end of the plenary session, OECD representatives presented recommendations for the education sector in Poland, as well as the agenda for the workshops. The recommendations concerned, among others, the organisation of an information campaign to show employers the benefits of investing in the training of their employees and the need to promote the idea of lifelong learning among adults. After the plenary session ended, meeting participants divided into groups to discuss the recommendations in four priority areas:
- increasing the responsiveness of the education system to the needs of the labour market
- supporting greater adult participation in learning in all forms
- strengthening the use of skills in the labour market and the workplace
- strengthening coordination and skills management structures
Integrated Skills Strategy
The main objective of the Integrated Skills Strategy (ISS) is to create opportunities and conditions for the development of the skills required to enhance social capital, social inclusion, economic growth and to achieve a high quality of life. The Minister of National Education is responsible for developing the ISS. The Educational Research Institute is also involved in this work, serving the Ministry with expert support.
The implementation of the objectives of the Integrated Skills Strategy should contribute to Poland’s fulfilment of objective 4.4. of the United Nations’ “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, i.e. to increase the number of young people and adults with appropriate skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, jobs and entrepreneurship by 2030.
Reducing the barriers to lifelong learning of adult Poles and facilitating their attainment of qualifications are also the aims of IBE’s project “Support to central government administration, awarding bodies and quality assurance institutions in implementing stage II of the Integrated Qualifications System”, financed by the Operational Programme Knowledge, Education, Development. The workshops for ISS stakeholders were organised as part of this project.