YOUNG_ADULLLT – Policies Supporting Young People in their Life Course

YOUNG_ADULLLT – Policies Supporting Young People in Their Life Course: A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe



Horizon 2020 – Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, European Commission ('H2020-EU.3.6. – Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies'; call: H2020-YOUNG-SOCIETY-2015)


Project reference

Grant agreement No. 693167


Project coordinator

Marcelo Parreira do Amaral, Institute of Education, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (Germany)



Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (Germany) (Coord.)
Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg (Germany)
Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt Am Main (Germany)
University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
South-West University Neofit Rilski (Bulgaria)
Faculty of Teacher Education University of Zagreb (Croatia)
University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Institute of Education, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
CIIE/FPCEUP – University of Porto (Portugal)
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Universita Degli Studi di Genova (Italy)
Universitat Wien (Austria)
Universidad de Granada (Spain)
Turun Yliopisto (Finland)
European Research Services Gmbh (Germany)


CIIE/FPCEUP research team

Tiago Neves (PI)
Fernanda Rodrigues
Isabel Menezes
Pedro D. Ferreira
Alexandra Sá Costa
José Pedro Amorim



36 months
Start date 1-3-2016 – End date 28-2-2019


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Most European Lifelong Learning (LLL) policies have been designed to create economic growth and, at the same time, guarantee social inclusion (EC 2010). First, we will study how different LLL policies are compatible with each other in terms of their orientations and objectives and how each policy considers the needs of ‘young adults’. Second, we will research the intended and unintended effects of policies on young adults. In this regard, we will look into relevant social developments such as life course de-standardisation processes and into an emerging new political economy of skills. Third, we will generate new knowledge about regional and local policymaking, with particular attention to actors, dynamics, and trends. By focusing on their regional/local context, we will elucidate the interaction and complementarity of LLL policies with other sectors of society, thus contributing to a better understanding of current fragmentation and discrepancies, in order to set parameters for future decision-making support systems.

The project will first contribute new knowledge of the impact of LLL policies on young adults’ life courses, yielding insights on the conditions, strategies, and necessities for policies to become effective. In addition, it will provide insights on the innovations and potentials they unlock, in particular with view to informal and non-formal learning to better address vulnerable groups. Second, the project contributes to a better understanding of the structural relationships and functional match between education/training and the labour market sectors. Third, the project will provide a thorough review of regional policies and initiatives in the countries studied, laying bare distinct dynamics and trends, but also mismatches and redundancies. In particular, the project aims at identifying successful programmes in terms of sustainable solutions in integrating labour market with, social inclusion as well as their transferability to other contexts.