Vox has the administrative responsibility for BKA, which is a government funding programme to support basic skills training in Norwegian working life. The aim is to give adults the opportunity to acquire the basic skills they need to keep up with the demands and changes in modern working life and civil society.
Any enterprise in Norway, private and public, can apply for funding. Participation has increased year by year since the programme was launched in 2006. Deadline for funding in 2016 was due November 11th, and applications are all time high.
BKA focuses on reading, writing, numeracy and digital skills. In 2014 oral communication in combination with other skills was included, and as of August 2015 the program also includes work based Norwegian language training.
The following criteria have been emphasised:
the learning activity should be combined with work and basic skills training should preferably be linked to other job-relevant learning;
the courses should strengthen the participants’ motivation to keep on learning;
the courses have to relate to the competence goals expressed in Framework for Basic Skills developed by Vox and approved by the Ministry of Education and Research.
Special efforts are made to include SMEs in the programme and to encourage applications from industries which employ people with relatively low formal skills.