The Norwegian SkillsPlus programme (Kompetansepluss) was established in 2006. Companies (both private and public organizations) and – since 2015 – NGOs may apply for funding for basic skills training. The employees receive their ordinary salary and the companies contribute by co-payment and by letting the participants use some of their working time for the training. Since 2018, the SkillsPlus programme also has a scheme of apprenticeship certificate (Kompetansepluss fagopplæring), giving low-skilled workers the opportunity to accomplish an apprenticeship certificate. Workers who do not have completed upper secondary education and have at least one year of working practice are eligible for this scheme.
As a part of the relief package intended to battle the consequences of the COVID-19 situation, the funding has been extended in 2020 and the provision is now available both for employees and for persons who receive unemployment benefit.