Skills Norway is host organization for the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) until 2017.

NVL 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 as 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 2016. 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.