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About A&O

What We Do

Between 2007 and 2013, the European Social Fund in Sweden will support around 4,000 projects that promote competence development and help combat exclusion from the labour market. A&O are compiling, analysing and sharing experiences gained during the course of the projects to better understand the conditions for and benefits of workplace learning for the community, businesses and the individual.

We want to influence policy makers, public authorities, trade unions, businesses and other interested parties to make decisions that support workplace learning as a tool for meeting the changing demands on the labour market.


Around 500,000 jobs are created and lost in Sweden each year. In order for employees to have a long and enriching working life in such a volatile labour market, continual workplace learning is required.

We believe that workplace learning:

  • is a prerequisite for a thriving labour market
  • contributes to sustainable development
  • increases the employability of those who lack formal education
  • raises the skill level and competency of the workforce.

Who Are We?

A&O is a collaborative project run by Luleå University of Technology, the University of Gothenburg, Linköping University and the APeL R&D centre. Stefan Ekenberg and Karolina Parding are the project coordinators and are based at Luleå University of Technology.

The A&O project is financed by the European Social Fund (ESF).