Ljudska Univerza Kranj

Adult Education Centre Ljudska univerza Kranj is a non-profit organization located in the NW part of Slovenia, funded by the local government and it is the leading training institution in Kranj (urban) and its surroundings (suburban). At the moment our Centre has a permanent staff of 11 regular employees and about 150 freelance trainers who are coming from differnet fields. Each year 1500 – 1800 participants take part in our programms, trainings and other activities.

Our main activities are focused to planning and implementation of courses, trainings and learning events within the field of predominantly employee-oriented vocational training and development and adult education.

Our main spheres of activities are adult vocational training (primary school for adults, different secondary school programmes), language training (different types of language courses), functional and in service training (ICT, communication, team work, entrepreneurship, literacy, …), programm for seniors and intergenerational learning.

Our organization undertakes activities on issues related to adult litaracy, empowering people by developing their skills to better match labour supply and demad. We collaborate with business and develop and implement trainings required by employers.

Adult Education Centre Ljudska univerza Kranj has extensive experiences of pedagogic development in language teaching, ICT, informal education; it has unique competences in both methodology development as well as production of practical solutions matching specific vocational and professional development needs.

Our developing work is carried out as a teamwork of our teachers, trainiers and expert workers.Through the time we have successfully worked in different national projects in the spheres of education, vocational training, literacy, dissemination, partnership and others. Our experienced staff includes trainers and teachers, managers and IT specialists.

We work with different target groups: bussines, persons, who are because of low or inappropriate qualification endangered to get unemployed, persons, who want to retrain, unemployed persons and persons from other social discriminated groups, people with a low standard of living, early school-leavers, low qualified adults, women, seniors, rural population,immigrants, people belonging to a national or ethnic minority; people with linguistic adaptation and cultural inclusion difficulties. We strive to »rescue« knowledge and skills of elderly which for intergenerational gap threaten to dissapear.We also offer new contents for courses that attract people from our surrounding.

With the aim of promoting adult education we are also involved in two national consulting projects which activities are focused to strengthen ‘key competences’ – knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help learners find personal fulfilment and, later in life, find work and take part in society. These key competences include ‘traditional’ skills such as communication in one’s mother tongue, foreign languages, digital skills, literacy, and basic skills in maths and science, as well as horizontal skills such as learning to learn, social and civic responsibility, initiative and entrepreneurship, cultural awareness, and creativity. The main target groups in this  Projects are: early school leavers, persons, who are because of low or inappropriate qualification endangered to get unemployed, persons, who want to retrain, unemployed persons and persons from other social discriminated groups. Groups who are  linked to unemployment, social exclusion, poverty and poor health. The approach is to promote key competences by: professional counselling, providing high-quality learning for all; reducing early school-leaving and improving support for teachers, adult education providers, and teacher educators.

Since 2015 Ljudska Univerza Kranj manages and runs the Gorenjska intergenerational Centre. On various locations in the region we perform different free programmes for social inclusion, intergenerational corporation and workshops with educational content. More than 6000 participants from different backgrounds (migrants, elderly, children, families, marginal groups, etc.) are included in the activities of the centre. In the functioning of the Centre volunteers play an important role. Volunteers run programmes, are involved in the advisory service of the centre, support staff and providers of workshops they play a key role in organising events and promotion of lifelong and intergenerational learning.