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In 2014, 122.3 million people (24.4% of the population) in the EU-28 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion (Eurostat). Access to employment is regarded as the best way out of poverty and social exclusion. According to the report from the European Commission: “New skills and jobs in Europe: Pathways towards full employment” the current labour market is a reflexion of the link between unemployment and qualifications. In 2010, in Spain, over 25% of those with low education were unemployed compared to around 10% unemployment among those with high education (European Labour Force Survey database 12.3.2011). In this context, the Up-skilling Europe project aimed at improving the employability of adults at risk of social exclusion across Europe through a process of developing and updating skills. As such, six organisations from six European countries worked together from September 2014 to August 2016 to develop, transfer and implement a set of innovative educational and training methods, tools, and materials based on the principles of Active Learning and tailored to the specific needs of adults at risk of social exclusion. The educational and training methods, tools and materials were developed in the form of toolkits. Five toolkits were developed as follows to provide adults at risk of social exclusion with a set of basic and transversal skills which will improve their employability: 1. Toolkit for Social Entrepreneurship education. 2. Toolkit for ICT training. 3. Toolkit for English teaching. 4. Toolkit for Lifelong Learning. 5. Toolkit for Learning Mobility. In order to foster the recognition of the toolkits’ learning outcomes at local, national and European level, the toolkits were developed within the European reference framework of the eight key competences for lifelong learning. Additionally, the partnership developed an innovative tool for the recognition and validation of the learning outcomes gained with these toolkits, the SkillPass. The toolkits are available on this website in six European languages (English, Greek, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish) for free use and re-purposing by any interested party as OER (Open Educational Resources) under the Creative Commons licence “Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) so anyone can freely use and modify them. The project was executed by a cross-sectoral partnership led by the City Council of Alcal√° de Guada√≠ra in cooperation with Interactive English Language School (United Kingdom), SIKXGNL (Greece), Media Partners (Romania), Stowarzyszenie WIOSNA (Poland) and Cantiere Giovani (Italy). This project, co-funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus + programme, is a stepping stone towards a fully inclusive European society where every European citizen has access to high quality education and employment.