Upgrading education and qualification levels of the population by ensuring access to lifelong learning is a priority in national economic, social and sustainable development policies. Adult education was identified as the key element of lifelong learning by the Slovenian Parliament in 2004 in the adult education master plan. The strategic goals (to improve general education of adults, increase educational levels, set 12 years of successfully completed schooling as the basic educational standard, increase employability and learning opportunities and participation in education) and the operating goals (measurable strategic goals) of adult education were defined until the year 2010.
The Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs is primarily responsible for providing education and training for the unemployed and other vulnerable groups in the labour market. The rights of individual target groups of adults, their access to education and training programmes are laid down in labour and social legislation and in active employment policy programmes. Training supply for the unemployed and other vulnerable groups in the labour market consists of formal and non-formal educational programmes as well as informal learning.
There are no specific training funds provided by social partners in Slovenia to support education and training of employees. Neither is there any State‑provided tax or other incentive to encourage employers to increase investment in education and training of their employees. The exception is the Craft Educational Fund, which supports education and training of employees in the craft sector. It was established and funded by craftsmen to the amount of 1 % of gross income of their employees.
No official data exist on individuals who choose to pay for their own training. Only tentative conclusions may be made, based on national research. According to the findings presented in Mohorčič Špolar, around two thirds of adults who take part in formal education bear the costs of education themselves.

Nadgradnjo ravni izobrazbe in usposobljenosti skupin prebivalstva z zagotavljanjem dostopa do vseživljenjskega učenja je prednostna naloga nacionalne gospodarske, socialne in trajnostne razvojne politike. Izobraževanja odraslih je bila opredeljena kot ključni element vseživljenjskega učenja, ki ga je Slovenski parlament v letu 2004 v izobraževanje odraslih glavni načrt. Strateški cilji (za izboljšanje splošnega izobraževanja odraslih, povečati stopnjo izobrazbe, ki je 12 let uspešno zaključili šolanje, kot osnovne izobraževalne standard, povečati zaposljivost in možnosti za učenje in udeležbo v izobraževanju) ter operativne cilje (merljivi strateški cilji) za izobraževanje odraslih so bili opredeljeni do leta 2010.