Current members Skills Norway

Skills Norway

Kompetanse Norge



Contact information

Graciela Sbertoli, international coordinator,

Lars Tveiten, Head of Section,


Skills Norway is the Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning and belongs to the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, while also performing tasks for the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

Skills Norway contributes to the development of provision for individually adapted training in literacy, numeracy, ICT skills and oral communication skills for adults. Skills Norway manages SkillsPlus, a programme directed towards developing basic competence for working life. In co-operation with education providers and enterprises we develop methods based on established competence goal descriptions for adult basic skills. We also contribute to the development of screening tools.

Skills Norway works to establish further education options and continuing professional development for teachers and facilitators in our fields of work.

Skills Norway is in charge of curricular and pedagogical issues relating to the teaching of Norwegian and socio-cultural orientation to adult immigrants. We monitor the implementation of the curricula and the national tests, initiate research and development and disseminate information to stakeholders in the field.  An important part of this task is the provision of professional development for teachers and facilitators in this field.

Skills Norway coordinates the career guidance field in Norway through the National Unit for Lifelong Guidance.The main objective of the Unit is to improve the quality in career guidance and to promote equal access to career guidance services for young people and adults in all life stages.

Skills Norway has the national overview of recognition and validation of non- formal and informal learning in Norway. We aim to support quality development of validation processes, enhance the synergies between different stakeholders and increase the flexibility of learning pathways.

Skills Norway collects, analyzes and disseminates evidence about adult learning. We carry out research and publish reports within the field of lifelong learning. Data are collected from public registers and from surveys conducted by our research department. Skills Norway contributes to the body of statistical evidence on adult learning and we also document needs and effects of measures and methods – for the individual and society.

National / international impact

Skills Norway is a national agency working in cooperation with all relevant national stakeholders. It promotes and demonstrates the importance of skills policy in our nation’s development.

Our agency is also involved in international cooperation and we are the current national coordinator for the European Agenda for adult learning, and the National Support Service for EPALE in Norway. Skills Norway also acts as the secretariat for the national council for tertiary vocational education (Nasjonalt fagskoleråd), as well as for the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (Nordisk Nätverk för Vuxnas Lärande, NVL).


For documentation in English about Skills Norway’s work in the field of basic skills