The paper aims to reflect, with a multidisciplinary approach, on the changes that adult learning systems are experiencing in the context of technological progress, population ageing and the emergence of a knowledge-based economy. In particu-lar, the article highlights the relationship between these phenomena and the need to adapt the skills in order to improve adult employability. This requires rethinking the role of education and vocational training with a lifelong learning perspective. The analysis focusses on adults in need to keep their skills up to date in a context characterized by instability, competitiveness, technological change and the exten-sion of working life. A specific focus is given to the innovations introduced to re-think both adult learning approaches and methods. In the final part, the five arti-cles of the special issue are introduced. Conclusions present some recommenda-tions for policies on adult learning.
Keywords: Adult learning, employability, adult workers, digital skills
Barbara Barabaschi, Alessia Forti, Giovanna Spagnuolo, Policies, training practices and skills for adults’ employability in the digital era in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 156/2020, pp. 47-72, DOI:10.3280/SL2020-156003