About Skills Norway

Skills Norway is the Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning and belongs to the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Skills Norway also gets commission from Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

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Skills Norway, a name closely linked to our social mission: To contribute to increased employment and active citizenship. Skills Norway will promote and demonstrate the importance of skills policy in our nation’s development.   

Our main goal is to contribute to supporting active citizenship, improving employability and increasing participation in education.

Skills Norway promotes access and participation in formal, non-formal and informal adult education through research, basic skills, integration, career guidance and programmes and subsidies.

Our agency is also involved in international cooperation and we are the current national coordinator for the European Agenda for adult learning. Skills Norway also acts as the secretariat for the national council for tertiary vocational education (Nasjonalt fagskoleråd), as well as for the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (Nordisk Nätverk för Vuxnas Lärande, NVL).

Programmes and subsidies

Skills Norway administers governmental subsidies for the operational costs of study associations, distance learning institutions and study centres. We administer financial support for pedagogical development in study associations and distance learning institutions.

Skills Norway manages SkillsPlus, a programme directed towards developing basic competence for working life, and directes subsidies for the operation of peace centres and human rights centres.

Basic skills

Skills Norway contributes to the development of provision for individually adapted training in literacy, numeracy, ICT skills and oral communication skills for adults.

In co-operation with education providers and enterprises we develop methods based on established competence goal descriptions for adult basic skills. We also contribute to the development of screening tools.

Skills Norway works to establish further education options and continuing professional development for teachers and facilitators in this field.

Immigrant integration

Skills Norway is in charge of curricular and pedagogical issues relating to the teaching of Norwegian and socio-cultural orientation to adult immigrants. We monitor the implementation of the curricula and the national tests, initiate research and development and disseminate information to stakeholders in the field.  An important part of this task is the provision of professional development for teachers and facilitators in this field.

Lifelong guidance and validation

Skills Norway coordinates the career guidance field in Norway through the National Unit for Lifelong Guidance.The main objective of the Unit is to improve the quality in career guidance and to promote equal access to career guidance services for young people and adults in all life stages.

Skills Norway has the national overview of recognition and validation of non- formal and informal learning in Norway. We aim to support quality development of validation processes, enhance the synergies between different stakeholders and increase the flexibility of learning pathways.

Research

Skills Norway collects, analyzes and disseminates evidence about adult learning. We carry out research and publish reports within the field of lifelong learning. Data are collected from public registers and from surveys conducted by our research department.

Skills Norway contributes to the body of statistical evidence on adult learning and we also document needs and effects of measures and methods – for the individual and society.

International cooperation

Sharing knowledge and experience, both in Europe and beyond, is an important focus of the activity in all departments at Skills Norway  and our agency is actively engaged in the European Commission’s work for the development of adult learning policy. We coordinate and participate in international networks and research in the fields of basic skills, validation of non-formal and informal learning, career guidance, and educational and social integration of immigrants.

Skills Norway is the current Norwegian National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning. As National Coordinator Vox represents the Norwegian Adult Learning sector in the Commission’s working groups for the implementation of the agenda. The National Coordinators are also committed to disseminate the results of this work in their national networks and act as a communication channel between stakeholders in their country and corresponding institutions in European countries. The coordinators meet regularly to contribute to policy development in the field and they also cooperate for awareness-raising at policy level about the importance of Adult Learning in a time of economic and social crisis.

Skills Norway is keen to participate in knowledge and experience sharing activities at Nordic, European and international level. What we learn from our international cooperation activities gives valuable input to our work at national level. Sharing and disseminating information about Norwegian policy and practice in the field of lifelong learning is also one of our tasks.