Phases and strategy


The FORLAN project started in September 2020 and ends in December 2022. During this period, learning strategies for basic skills for employment adapted to the needs and context of low-skilled adults have been designed and implemented. 

The experimentation has been composed of the following phases:

  • Recruitment, adherence, and assessment of participants
  • Accompaniment
    • Training in soft skills
    • Individual coaching/mentoring sessions
    • Flexible support fund
  • Training
    • Literacy
    • Numeracy
    • Digital skills
  • Final assessment of skills

This training has been carried out in the following territories:
- Cintruénigo (Tudela)
- Tudela
- Pamplona 

How does the FORLAN project differ from traditional training in basic skills for adults?

  1. It adapts to the person: it identifies the physical and emotional barriers that a person may have in towards receiving the training and applies specific resources to overcome them (transport, conciliation, one-to-one coaching sessions…)
  2. Flexibility: it is a hybrid modality that can be either face-to-face or telematic and has a flexible timetable
  3. It includes a personalised monitoring and support: through a reference person who is available to students at all times
  4. It has emotional support
  5. The training is divided into modules, for the purpose of placing value of previously acquired learning, and to hasten the training process
  6. Companies are involved in several phases of the process, both in the identification of needs and in generating knowledge
  7. Contents are practical and adapted to the needs of the local market.
  8. In addition, as a major difference, to complement the training, workshops and good practice exchange sessions have been held with actors involved in basic skills training for adults, such as: social entities, companies, the Department of Education of the Government of Navarre, the SEPE (Spanish Public Employment Service), … 


Work Plan

The FORLAN project has been developed in 3 phases during 28 months (September 2020 – December 2022).

Design, skill assessment, development of learning strategies

Eight months (September 2020-April 2021)

  • Update of the basic skill assessment system for adult learners used by the Department of Education in adult learning centres.
  • Development of new learning strategies for the acquisition of basic skills by adult learners with low qualifications.
  • Implementation of new method in three areas:
    • in-company training;
    • active inclusion programme;
    • digital transformation in the business sector.

Pilot experiment

Ten months (May 2021-February 2022)

The pilot experiment will test, in two progressive stages, the learning strategies for the acquisition of basic skills developed as part of the work package in the previous phase, in order to assess their adequacy, effectiveness and scalability in Navarra, as well as the possibility to transfer them to other regions in Spain and implement them at the national level.

Assessment, scalability, transfer

Six months (March 2022-August 2022)

  • Final report of the pilot experiment, evaluating the adequacy, effectiveness and efficiency of the learning strategies for the acquisition of basic skills developed in phase one.
  • Ideas for a skill acquisition plan to be implemented in Navarra and introduce changes in national policies and laws, based on the evaluation results of the pilot experiment.
  • Sharing ideas and lessons learned with other regions; exchange of knowledge and good practices.


Workshops, conferences and seminars

During the evolution of the project, we have held several conferences, workshops and seminars which have served to share experiences and findings, as well as to report on the state of development of the project, the progress of the progress of the teams and the mechanisms of experimentation in the pilot areas.

Workshop on innovative experiences

After the initial phased of the project focused on studying different existing experiences in basic skills training for adults, a meeting was organised with the participation of more than 90 people with very different profiles, including among others: regional employment services, social intervention professionals, researchers, representatives of EU agencies, and teacher trainers. In this conference we were able to deepen the experience of training and certification of digital skills promoted by ICDL Europe. And also, about the Spanish Red Cross’ multidimensional approach to guidance, training and employment of low-skilled people.

Together we reflected on the most successful elements to make an effective initial skills assessment, and also on effective methodologies to carry out an adequate learning strategy. You can read in detail the ideas and reflections we shared in the summary above.

Workshop on initial skills assessment and learning strategies

  • Date: 03/11/2021
  • Online Workshop
  • Summay of the workshop (Spanish) 
  • Presentation used in the workshop (Spanish)

This second workshop is carried out in the framework of the first phase of the project which focuses on the design of the experimentation. The aim is, in one hand, to learn and share the results of the project's piloting on the initial assessment of skills and, on the other hand, to present the proposals for innovative training strategies to be tested with the experimental group.

Taller de debate sobre un documento de propuestas de políticas para un plan de mejora de competencias en Navarra

After two years of implementation, the FORLAN project was in its final phase of development and ended in December 2022. Throughout this period, an innovative model of training in basic skills has been implemented, aimed at facilitating the access and continuity of adults in vulnerable situations. To this end, a package of solutions has been designed in the different stages of the training process and, especially, in the learning methodology. The objectives of this workshop are: 

  • To share the main lessons drawn from the development of the project.
  • To reflect, and debate on the opportunities for improving basic skills training for adults in Navarre.

Debate workshop around a report on the transfer of the lessons drawn into national and other regions' policies 

In this workshop, closing the FORLAN project, we want to share the experience we have had, and the gained insights. This experience has allowed us to learn about the suitability of these elements so that the coverage of basic skills training for adults is broadened. Many of the lessons learned may also be applicable to other adult education policies.