Current members Skills Norway

Skills Norway

Kompetanse Norge


Contact information

Hanne Christensen, Senior Adviser, International Coordinator,, +47 23 38 13 59

Espen Brynsrud, Director for the Department of Curricula and Testing, , +47 90 60 64 06

Vigdis Lahaug, Senior Adviser, Department of Curricula and Testing,, +47 23 38 13 53


Skills Norway is the Directorate for Lifelong Learning, under the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Our vision is lifelong learning for an inclusive economy and society, working to ensure that all adults have access to the education and training they need.

Our fields of work include basic skills and immigrant integration and language learning, contributing to the development of provision through frameworks, methods, tools and teacher training. As to the teaching of Norwegian and socio-cultural orientation to adult immigrants, Skills Norway is in charge of curricular and pedagogical issues and monitors the implementation of the curricula and the national tests, which are developed by us. In addition, we initiate research and development in these fields and disseminate information to relevant stakeholders.

We administer financial support for pedagogical development in study associations and distance learning institutions, manage the SkillsPlus Programme (for basic skills) and administer subsidies for the operation of peace centres and human rights centres.

A major focus in our work is skills policy development, as reflected in our national skills strategy, initiated by the government. The strategy is a binding agreement between the government, the social partners, the voluntary sector and the Sami Parliament, and draws up goals and approaches for work on the skills policy from 2017 to 2021. The three main foci are: Good choices for individuals and for society; on-the-job learning and putting skills to good use; and strengthening the skills of adults with weak links to the labour market.

Skills Norway carries out wide-ranging analytic work in the form of research, analyses, reports and evaluations in the field of lifelong learning, and contributes to the body of evidence on adult learning. The publications of the research department, as well as relevant publications by other institutions, can be found in our publications database. Publications are primarily in Norwegian, but some translations, fact sheets and summaries are also available in English.

The career guidance field in Norway is coordinated by Skills Norway, focusing on access and quality. Closely related to this, we also have an overarching responsibility for validation, and initiate research and development in both fields. At present (2017-2020), Skills Norway is the coordinator of an Erasmus + project on validation – VISKA.

National / international impact

Skills Norway is actively engaged in international cooperation. The Norwegian Ministry for Education and Research has nominated Skills Norway as National Coordinator for the implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning. As National Coordinator, Skills Norway represents the Norwegian adult learning sector in the Commission’s work for the implementation of the agenda. We also have a coordinating role for the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (Nordisk Nätverk för Vuxnas Lärande, NVL). We coordinate and participate in international networks or projects in the fields of basic skills, validation of non-formal and informal learning, career guidance and integration.