Monthly Archives: November 2015

The second international PIAAC conference

SkillsREAL in the II PIAAC confr 2015_NLRemember the first PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) conference in Washington DC two years ago in 2013, which sort of also marked the beginning of the SkillsREAL-project? This week the second international PIAAC conference is taking place in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The purpose of the 2015 conference is to present work using data from the PIAAC relating to deployment of skills in the labout market, returns to education and skills, and influence of workplace training. The conference was organised by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Social Affairs and Employment and Economic Affairs, together with thII PIAAC confr 2015_NLe Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Research Centre for Education and the Labor Market (ROA) at Maastricht University. Speakers involved some of the leading researchers in economics and education economics in Europe, Canada and the USA.

Link to the conference agenda here.

From SkillsREAL three researchers attended the conference: Egil Gabrielsen from the University of Stavanger, Mary G. Billington representing both the University of Stavanger and the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS), and Tarja Tikkanen from the University College of Stord/Haugesund.

Nasjonal kompetansestrategi

Nasjl kompetansestrategi_logoKunnskapsdepartementet jobber med en ny strategi for kompetansepolitikk. VOX (Nasjonal fagorgan for kompetansepolitikk), som er sekretær til arbeidet, skal arrangere en rekke temakonferanser relatert til dette arbeidet. Den første tok plass allerede 10. november 2015 – les mer om innholdet her. I løpet av våren 2016 arrangeres det fire temakonferanser til. Den første skal være i Stavanger i januar-februar med fokus på

  • Krav til omstilling og kompetanseheving i arbeidslivet
  • Bedre utnyttelse av innvandreres medbragte kompetanse.

Les mer på VOX sine websider – lenk herVOX_logo

A new white paper on “Lifelong learning and exclusion” in 2016

AE UDept_NOA highly relevant white paper to SkillsREAL is under development by the government, expected in the spring 2016. This indicates clearly that the government is concerned about adult education and places great importantance on it “for individuals, but also for society, the labour market and Norwegian competitiveness”. The goal is to develop a new, comprehensive policy for adults who are in risk of falling out of working life or already have done so. This is also largely the target group for SkillsREAL. Thus, we are very much looking forward to this white paper!

Read more about the work in English here and in Norwegian here.