Competitive Regions and Employability of Adults through Education (CREATE)

AE policies and strategies are set by EU and National governments but are implemented by regional/local authorities. At present, there are no consolidated mechanisms nor platforms to allow local authorities across EU to establish contact, exchange practices, share knowledge and experiences in the formulation and implementation of local/national AE policies and programmes. There is an immediate need to overcome such regional disparities by empowering regional/local authorities to design effective AE policies and programmes – in cooperation with social and private actors - and embed them in local development strategies. CREATE is an innovative project which establishes cooperation between regional authorities to promote development of AE systems and their integration in local and regional development. CREATE brings together regional/local authorities (including a EuroRegion), academia, third and private sectors involved in AE to build cross-sectoral synergies for the realisation of a truly EU project with 9 partners in 8 countries. 


Title Competitive Regions and Employability of Adults through Education
Abbreviation CREATE
Lead partner Niedersächischer Bund für freie Erwachsenenbildung e.V. (NBEB), Germany
Programme Erasmus +
  1. Niedersächischer Bund für freie Erwachsenenbildung e.V. (NBEB) (Germany)
  2. Kultusministerium Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany)
  3. Vysocina Education (Czech Republic)
  4. Vidzeme Planning region (Latvia)
  5. Adriatic Ionian Euroregion (AIE) (Croatia)
  6. National University of Ireland Maynooth (Ireland)
  7. Insitit de Haute Formation aux Politiques Communautaires asbl (IHF) (Belgium)
  8. IDP European Consultants (Italy)
  9. Internet Web Solutions SL (Spain)

CREATE originates from the need to identify and exploit success factors to improve effectiveness and impact of AE with the overall objective of reducing geographic disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes across and within EU regions. CREATE’ will enhance policy formulation and promote evidence-based AE policy and practice, also by further aligning strategy, policy and funding of AE.

  1. Benchmark and comparatively assess AE policies for regional development
  2. Extrapolate best practices, lessons learned, effective policy options and tools
  3. Build CREATE ToolBox for policy makers on how to embed AE in regional economic development strategies
  4. Organise transnational meetings
  1. A cost-efficient and resource-effective online interactive platform that is relevant and user-friendly for the policy makers at regional and local level as well as the general public.
  2. A series of user-friendly, professional and useful policy tools for policy makers to adapt and adopt in their respective policy and territorial contexts.
  3. Online multilanguage toolbox to help users identifying opportunities for enhanced local strategies of socio-economic development.
Total budget – 299 949,00 EUR
Vidzeme Planning Region – 27 567,00 EUR
Implementation period 01.11.2017. – 31.10.2019.
Contact person

Maija Rieksta

Tel.: +371 64219022

+371 26099521


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