Upskilling Pathways

Implementation period

1 October 2018 – 28 February 2021

Upskilling Pathways

About project

The Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs as the coordinator, together with partners, the National Employment Service and Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, is implementing the project Upskilling Pathways: New opportunities for work-skills development for adults in Republic of Serbia (UP NOW) within the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).

Main project objective: Providing support for professional training of adults with low qualifications.

Implementation period: 1 October 2018 – 28 February 2021

Total project budget: EUR 335,667.29.

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Research indicates that one fourth of European population, aged 25-64, does not have sufficient education or skills to perform tasks in environments where technology is used to perform everyday tasks. Without attaining required skills, low qualified persons have few opportunities to find employment, which is, among other benefits, essential for their social inclusion and democratic participation.

Overall objective of the project is to create a solid ground in Republic of Serbia for the implementation of the Council Recommendation on Upskilling Pathways by taking stock of any existing provisions upon which full Upskilling Pathways can be built, and identifying gaps to be addressed in cooperation with relevant stakeholders and supporting national authorities in the targeting of Upskilling Pathways.

The Project will promote skills upgrade and encourage development of individuals so that they can remain competitive and improve their knowledge, which would be beneficial in the labour market. The project will also encourage relevant stakeholders, who have direct control over and influence on support for education of adults, to invest in lifelong learning across the country. The results would facilitate access to flexible paths for improvement of literacy, numeracy and digital skills for unqualified and low qualified adults.

Specific project objectives were defined within two groups:

  • A. Support for countries to prepare for implementation of European Council Recommendation on Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults
    • Specific objective 1: Compiling existing instruments which will form the basis for Upskilling Pathways, as well as identification and indication of gaps.
    • Specific objective 2: Support for national authorities in targeting Upskilling Pathways for priority groups.
  • Б. Support for countries to adopt sustainable approaches for implementation of Council Recommendation
    • Specific objective 3: Providing support for stakeholders to disseminate information and encourage the use of available options for Upskilling Pathways, as well as securing their participation in implementation activities in accordance with general principles defined in the Council Recommendation.

Project Management

  • Overall management of the project (creation of management team and meetings every 4 months)
  • Management structuring
  • Financial management
  • Reporting (3 narrative progress reports)

Multi-stakeholders cooperation

  • Kick off conference with a total of 50 participants
  • Formation of Working Group which will give recommendations for Action Plan (12-15 members)
  • Round tables (30 participants each)
  • Regional conference with a total of 70 participant
  • Closing conference with a total of 50 participants

Mapping gaps and breakdown of the situation

  • Research and data collection (research in territory of Republic of Serbia with a total of 800 participants)
  • Identification of gaps
  • Mapping priority groups for pilot project based on collected data
  • Action plan proposal

Targeting priorities

  • Training packages definition for attaining numeracy, verbal and digital skills
  • Pilot – skills assessment of approx. 2,500 persons registered with National Employment Service as low qualified or without qualifications
  • Pilot – training package and programmes implementation for three groups of low qualified adults

Project promotion and dissemination of information

  • Creation of project website
  • EPALE updates from Serbia (EPALE is a European platform for professionals in area of education in Europe)
  • Target group outreach
  • Media campaign


  • Upskilling Pathways
  • 1 October 2018 – 28 February 2021