dinsdag 25 juni 2019 / 09:30 tot 17:00, Podium Bloos, Breda

Join us on the yellow brick road

Paving the way for essential skills houses

Essential skills are the skills needed for life, learning and work. They include the skills associated with literacy (i.e. reading, writing, document use and numeracy) but also thinking skills, computer use/digital skills, working with others and the skills associated with continuous learning. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to better prepare for, get and keep a job, and adapt and succeed at work.

For the last two years, Stichting Nieuwe Veste, Kellebeek College, Stichting Lezen & Schrijven and Cubiss have been working with three European partners on finding out how our current Literacy Houses approach can be extended to a broader approach which encompasses all basic skills. In doing so, we have visited Wales, Belgium and Norway and are currently working on two case studies and a toolkit. We would like to share our findings with all organizations and networks that actively work on the improvement of essential skills or that are regularly in contact with people who might lack certain essential skills. We will do so during our international conference ‘Join us on the yellow brick road’, which will take place in Breda on the 25th of June 2019.


The conference will kick off with a joined morning session, during which you will be informed and inspired by the following speakers:

  • Walter Breukers, a graduated biomedical scientist and philosopher. He has years of experience as a creative entrepreneur and storyteller. He develops visions on topics such as innovation, sustainability, artificial intelligence and robotics.
    • Skills of the 21th Century: the 21th century asks for different skills than our previous century. This has everything to do with new technologies like AI and robotics which will take over huge parts of our daily activities. How did we get to this point? What are those new skills? And how do we stimulate them in the future? Those are the main questions of this keynote.
  • Deri Bevan, Wales Trade Union Congress, on best practice in union led learning in Wales (and the GMB Advocacy Model, Welsh Water).
    • The Wales Union Learning Fund is 20 years old this year. It has successfully delivered hundreds of union led learning projects in thousands of workplaces across Wales. One best practice example is the GMB advocacy project, which originated in Welsh Water. In 2013, a Wales Union Learning Fund project was launched that introduced what would become the now established ‘advocacy model’. This project aimed to increase participation in learning by using effective and innovative ways to firstly promote learning in the workplace and then work in partnership with many relevant organisations and employers to provide good quality courses. In the three years of the project, over 500 colleagues at Welsh Water signed up to the Essential skills programme and have achieved over 1.000 qualifications in literacy, numeracy and IT.
  • Stefan Perceval, actor, director and manager at theatre workplace HETGEVOLG. He is socially engaged, brings people together and focuses on getting the most out of people.
    • The need for social inclusion is great and will only increase the coming years. HETGEVOLG has become an open house where everyone is welcome: newcomers, the disadvantaged, people with disabilities, people getting back into society or the workplace, anyone you can imagine. 

The afternoon program consists of various interactive workshops concerning the following subjects:

  • The inseparable link between essential skills and employment.
    • Over 50% of the people in the Netherlands with low essential skills is employed. This means employers are a very important partner in the improvement of essential skills. Essential skills are also very important in finding a new job. Based on our experiences during this project, Cubiss will take a look at the role Literacy Houses can play in further strengthening the link between essential skills and employment.  
  • How to improve your essential skills by adding creativity into the learning process.
    • Creativity has an influence on positive learning experiences. It also improves the skills you need to take part in society. Based on best practices in various European countries and desk research, Nieuwe Veste and Literacy House Breda will explore how used approaches in the field of language and creativity can be embedded into our Literacy House concept.
  • The Toolkit for Literacy Hubs and how to use it.
    • Every Literacy Hub – which is a cooperation of local partners – has its own needs when it comes to advice and support. The toolkit for Literacy Hubs consists of instruments and best practices to improve the quality of the Literacy Hub. In this workshop, Stichting Lezen & Schrijven will help you get acquainted with this toolkit.
  • Social cohesion through digital inclusion.
    • Inclusion means that you have the opportunity to be a part of something, to actually be included. Blenders focuses on intrinsic motivation: What do you want  to do? What makes you happy? What are you good at? They focus their efforts on activating people from various target groups to acquire essential skills.

Of course, you will also have the opportunity to network and to share your thoughts and questions about a variety of topics.

Your host will be Marianne van den Anker. During the day, you will have the opportunity to take part in an escape room, where you can experience the problem of low literacy for yourself. We will conclude with a beautiful sound act, performed by Jacqueline Hamelink.

We look forward to welcoming you on June 25th!

Date & Time

June 25th,  2019

09.30 - 17.00


Podium Bloos
Speelhuislaan 153
4815 CD Breda, The Netherlands

Registration Fee

€ 49,95 per person

Are you a student? And interested in our conference? Please register. Your participation is free!


You can register below. 

Please feel free to forward this invitation to other interested parties.

The conference will be in English. You can find the Dutch translation of the program here.

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For questions, information about attendance or tips with respect to accommodation in Breda please contact Yvonne van Bijnen (y.vanbijnen@cubiss.nl).


Podium Bloos

Speelhuislaan 153

4815 CD Breda, The Netherlands

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