To meet the challenges of the Norwegian labour market today and in the future, three pilots of module structured adult education are established. The training in these pilots is supposed to be flexible, effective and adapted to each participant’s needs. The participants get a valuation and a documentation after each module they have accomplished.
Skills Norway has the responsibility of the pilot at the level below upper secondary education, called Adult Preparatory Education (“Forberedende voksenopplæring”; FVO). In this pilot, module structured curriculums have been developed in Norwegian as a second language/Norwegian, social studies, mathematics, science, and English. In addition, a curriculum is developed for participants who need literacy training. The competence aims in the subjects include both subject and language skills, to secure that the participants learn Norwegian while learning the content of all the subjects. The target group is adults who are entitled to adult education according to the Education Act and/or the Immigration Act. Provision initiated by the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) is also part of this pilot. The module structure in the curriculums facilitate a flexible and adapted training to meet the needs of each adult participant. The curriculums are piloted in 41 municipalities that participate in the FVO programme.
At the same time, module structured curriculums have also been developed in some subjects in vocational education for adult who have accomplished lower secondary education (or similar). The aim of this programme is to pilot a flexible way to a certificate of apprenticeship for adults. Skills Norway will get the responsibility of this programme from the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training January 1st, 2020.
The third module pilot is called the Combination Pilot (“Kombinasjonsforsøket”). In this pilot, training in the Adult Preparatory Education (FVO) is combined with vocational education in one common scheme. The target group of this pilot is adults who want to get a certificate of apprenticeship but also need training below the upper secondary level. The aim of the Combination Pilot is to pilot consistent and adaptive training by combining modules at various levels in one common education scheme. The responsibility for this pilot lies with Skills Norway.
The trial period of these three pilots lasts until July 31st, 2023. The overall aim of the programme is to give adults the opportunity to learn skills and qualifications that give them a foundation for a more durable connection to working life.