In the pursuit of national skill policies adapted to the needs of the labor market, Vox recently hosted a meeting with the major social partners to discuss how to cooperate going forward. Vox is the Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning.
Vox Director Gina Lund introduced the agenda by pointing to the shift from an oil funded to a knowledge-based economy, and that adaptability is a key competence in the labor market. - Increasingly, our economy relies on efficient policies for lifelong learning and an inclusive working life to ensure that human resources are providing maximum benefits for our society.
Vox is looking to develop close and sustainable cooperation with the social partners. To learn about individual strategies and priorities, each participant was asked to present their views on the following questions:
- What would a holistic skill policy include?
- Your assessment of the current situation, and where we would like to be?
- Your expectations to Vox as the national agency.
Among expectations expressed to Vox was the role as partner in the dialog with the educational authorities, and as such with a point of orientation outside of the formal educational system. Participants also highlighted the agency’s role as driving force in the area of work-based training and in lifelong guidance and validation.
Invited to this first contact meeting were the major social partners in the Norwegian labor market:
- The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO)
- YS - The Confederation of Vocational Unions
- Akademikerne - The Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations
- NHO - Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
- KS – The Association of Norwegian Cities and municipalities
- Virke - The Enterprise Federation of Norway
- The Employers’ Association Spekter
The outcome from the meeting is currently under translation into long and short-term action points for collabration towards more holistic and inclusive adult learning policies.