– The refugee crisese and the oil crises have reinforced the need to develop a national and holistic skills strategy. This was the message from the Minister of Education and Research as he welcomed the social partners in the Norwegian labour market to the first out of five conferences dedicated to this national effort.
Representing involved parties within government and the two sides of industry, about a hundred delegates were gathered to present their contributions and priorities as to what a national skills strategy would need to include.
– Capacity for change in working life is becoming increasingly important in the years to come. If Norway is to maintain a competitive business sector and continued financial growth, we need to provide for a well skilled and qualified workforce. Our success depends on close collaboration between the social partners in the labour market, Mr. Torbjørn Røe Isaksen said.
The first conference demonstrated agreement around some key topics that need to be included in the new skills strategy:
- Quality career and vocational guidance
- Recognition of foreign education
- Improved utlization of refugees’ competencies
- Improved system to validate real competencies
Vox has the role as secretariat for the process, working closely with the parties involved. – This fist conference has proven to be a valuable arena, and we will make sure to build on the contributions presented by the parties today, said Vox Director Gina Lund as she closed the event.