The Expert Committee for Further and Continuing Education appointed by the Norwegian government (Ekspertutvalget for etter- og videreutdanning), recently published the report “Lærekraftig utvikling” (“Learnable development”). The work was led by Simen Markussen, Senior Research Fellow at The Frisch Centre.
The mandate of the committee was to evaluate to which extent the Norwegian education system sufficiently matches the need for further and continuing education for people in the labour force. Norway has a high participation in adult education and training, further education included. However, the report argues that lifelong learning increases in importance and the need for a system which is more flexible, accessible and relevant for people working is in due time. The report underlines that adjustments is required in the framework which regulates the educational sector as well as in individuals’ access to education and training, including finacial support. The report also emphasises that if lifelong learning is to be taken seriously, one must stop calling it continuing education and just say education.
To make the education system more relevant to the Norwegian working life, the committee recommends to:
- Strengthen the supply of education and training and define it in terms of the needs of the Norwegian working life
- Ameliorate the quality of the education and training
- Improve the access to education and training for individuals
- Increase the regional responsibility of coordination and mobilization of demand