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 coordinates and participates 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.

The European Basic Skills Network

The European Basic Skills Network (EBSN)

EBSN is a non-profit association gathering policy makers and policy providers engaged in basic skill ...
EBSN is a non-profit association gathering policy makers and policy providers engaged in basic skills training for adults.

It aims at promoting excellence in policy design and policy implementation in a field that has considerable impact on education, employment, social inclusion, the fight against poverty, and sustainable economic growth.


The network’s members will contribute to better policy and practice for the enhancement of basic skills in the European population by

  • benchmarking national policy and effects
  • exchanging examples of promising policy and practice at national or regional level
  • creating a common knowledge area through the exchange of research results
  • facilitating cooperation between European stakeholders
  • raising awareness about relevant issues
  • creating a common pool of resources
  • establishing cooperation with relevant stakeholders outside Europe


Membership is open to policy makers, policy providers, research institutions and national provider associations working in the field of basic skills for adults. Membership is primarily open to institutions from all European countries, whether they are members of the EU or not, although non-European institutions are also welcome to join. Membership is institutional, not personal.

See list of all members


The European Basic Skills Network was born within the Commission’s Working Group for the Implementation of the Action Plan for Adult Learning. The members of the WG, representing the educational authorities of all countries participating in the Lifelong Learning Programme, agreed (2008) that a network should be established to contribute to European and national policies for the enhancement of basic skills in the adult population.

The European Basic Skills Network was officially launched in June 2010. The secretariat is currently run by Skills Norway. The Hungarian Association for Lifelong Learning will take over the secretariat responsibility from Jan 1st 2013.


For more information about EBSN:


ELGPN – European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network

The ELGPN promotes cooperation in the development of policies and systems for lifelong guidance prov ...
The ELGPN promotes cooperation in the development of policies and systems for lifelong guidance provision at national level through European cooperation.

The ELGPN aims to contribute to European cooperation on lifelong guidance in both the education and the employment sectors, and cross-sectorally. The work has been an ongoing process since 2007. In the present project period, work will be based on experience and development from previous phases. The network will focus on adaptation, implementation and sharing activities related to the Resource Kit, - a tool that was developed in the 2011–2012 project period. The key focus of this new phase is to make an impact, both at national and European levels. The impact will be achieved through promoting the adaptation, field testing, and application of the Resource Kit at member-country level through Policy Review Clusters (PRCs), on the following topics:

  • PRC1: All priorities
  • PRC2: CMS
  • PRC3: Access
  • PRC4: Co-ordination/Co-operation
  • PRC5: Quality

The Norwegian delegation takes part in groups 2 and 5.

The ELGPN work programmes include different working methods: PRC groups, plenary meetings, peer learning activities within field visits, commissioned technical work, and technical work funded from other sources.


Membership of the network is open to all countries eligible for funding under the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007–13. The participating countries designate their representatives in the network. At present, 31 European countries are members of the network, which is coordinated by Finland.

The Norwegian delegation is appointed by the Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Work and Welfare, and includes members from Skills Norway, from the Norwegian Directorate of Work and Welfare, and from the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training. The delegation is coordinated by Skills Norway.

The current project period

The work of the ELGPN is organised in two-year work periods. The current period lasts from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014.


Read more on the project website

ELINETs logo


Aiming at improving literacy policies in 28 European countries, the ultimate goal for ELINET is to r ...
Aiming at improving literacy policies in 28 European countries, the ultimate goal for ELINET is to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills in Europe.

ELINET was set up in 2014 with support from the European Commission. Skills Norway is the Norwegian partner. 

At you will find information about the network, literacy reports and policy recommendations for ELINET member countries, tools and guidance for fundraising and awareness raising, a collection of good practices for enhancing literacy, and much more.

All information is available to everyone free of charge, and will prove particularly valuable to ministries and policy makers, educational institutions, non-profit organisations, and individuals with a keen interest on literacy.


Skills Norway was the host organization for the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) until 2017. ...
Skills Norway was the host organization for the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) until 2017. We have now a coordinating role.

7NVL works to draw attention to competencies and experience through adult learning in the Nordic countries. The network was established by the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) in 2005 and unites national representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and contact persons from autonomous regions Greenland, Faroe Islands and Aaland Islands. NVL works according to the strategy of the Nordic Council of Ministers and ensures the exchange of experience, innovation and good practice in the Nordic region within the following priority areas: quality development and competence development in adult learning, recognition of prior learning, and guidance counselling.

Skills Norway was host organization

NVL was established in 2005, and Skills Norway has been host organization for the network since 2009. The hosting period was renewed in 2012 and Skills Norway will continue its assignment until 2017. Via University College is the new host from 2018. The hosting role includes three main tasks:

  • Administration

  • Professional Coordinating 

  • Communication Responsibilities

In addition to the administrative tasks, Vox plays an active role in the elaboration of strategic plans and activity plans.

Creating and sustaining thematic networks according to the Nordic governmental policy priorities has been one of the key task of NVL. These networks ensure dynamic development of the whole adult learning and education field through building up the knowledge base, mapping and analyzing best practice and doing comparative studies.

For the coming period, NVL will focus on disseminating experiences and research gained through Nordic co-operation on adult learning, - at both national and international level. NVL will continue to focus on networking to improve the interaction between the various sectors in a lifelong learning perspective.

Read more on the NVL website

Annual report 2013

NVL’s annual report for 2013 shows continuously high level of activities.
In 2013 NVL focused on five priority areas:

  • Flexibility in education

  • The workplace as a learning arena

  • Validation

  • Guidance

  • Innovation in learning

NVL’s initiatives are aimed at providing more flexibility in education by giving multiple and innovative possibilities for competence development. More than 3000 participants attended various NVL events in 2013. NVL experiences a positive interest in the network’s activities and a growing number of participants from trade unions and organizations that work in the field of competence development.

In the annual report for 2013, Antra Carlsen, head coordinator for the NVL, points out that “NVL's expertise in networking has been highly appreciated by organizations and networks outside the Nordic region. Results and impact of Nordic networking has been presented on The 5th Annual Future Forum, Innsbruck, Austria; at the EAEAs Policy Debate about PIAAC results in Brussels, and at the EU Lithuanian Presidency Conference "Equipping adults for the 21st Century - Joining Forces for Action on Skills and Competences "in Vilnius in December 2013.”

NVL has cooperated with more than 200 partners in various events in 2013. Given that approximately 50 of the 200 were new partners reflects that NVL is expansive and wide-reaching.