The Adult Education Survey (AES) is a statistical operation conducted in all Member States of the European Union (EU-28) and carried out its third wave in 2016, following the implementation of the 2007 and 2011 waves. The structural impact of its results and their relevance for the definition of public policy measures justifies a more in-depth temporal analysis of the 2007-2016 decade for the common age group (population aged between 18 and 64), as well as with other EU-28 countries.
The purpose of this study is to understand the education and training trajectory of the adult population living in Portugal and to position the country in the wider context of the EU regarding the participation in lifelong learning, formal and non-formal education, informal learning and the knowledge of foreign languages.
What has changed in ten years in terms of the adult population's participation in education and training and which population groups have contributed most to the changes identified? What changes have occurred in the knowledge of foreign languages? What impact do education and training have on people's lives, particularly on their income? What are the effects of parents' educational background on children's education? These are some of the questions that guide the analysis of results.