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Lessons from Norway: Policy Responses to Evidence From PIACC

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Xeni Kristine Dimakos, Director, Research department at VOX, the Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning presented at the BIS / Ipsos MORI event Improving basic skills: An international perspective on a UK dilemma in London on 14 January 2015.

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Lessons from Norway: Policy Responses to Evidence From PIACC

  1. 1. Lessons from Norway: Policy responses to evidence from PIAAC Xeni Kristine Dimakos, Director, Research department
  2. 2. Overview • Norway: A high performing country in PIAAC • But, there are serious challenges • Policy actions following PIAAC
  3. 3. Numeracy 1. Japan (288) … 6. Norway (278) … 17. England/N.Ireland (262) Literacy 1. Japan (296) … 6. Norway (278) … 13. England/N.Ireland (272) Problem solving 1. Sweden … 4. Norway … 9. England/N.Ireland Norway: One of the high performers
  4. 4. Participation in education and training
  5. 5. • 400 000 in literacy • 480 000 in numeracy • 800 000 in problem solving Large number of low achievers
  6. 6. 240 245 250 255 260 265 270 275 280 285 290 295 300 Score Average16-24year-olds KOREA Germany Norway Average55-65year-olds Spain Finland France US UK
  7. 7. 260 265 270 275 280 285 290 295 300 305 310 IALS ALL PIAAC Score Norway Netherlands Canada United States Australia Sweden Denmark Finland Development over time
  8. 8. The Skills Strategy • Prior to the launch of PIAAC, the OECD and Norway started working on a skills strategy for Norway • 2013: Diagnostic phase • February 2014: Diagnostic report • September 2014: Action report
  9. 9. Developing 1. Building strong foundation skills for all 2. Reducing drop outs 3. Informing educational choices Activating 4. Enhancing participation 5. Encouraging labor market attachment (low skilled youth) 6. Ensuring Norwegian remain active longer Using 7. Engaging employers in ensuring a highly skilled workforce 8. Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship 9. Enhancing use of migrant worker skills Skills system 1. Facilitating a whole of government approach 2. Ensuring local flexibility and adaptability 3. Improving implementation and building partnerships 12 main challenges identified
  10. 10. Top 3 priorities 1. Norway’s skills system effectiveness 2. Tackling skills imbalances 3. Education and training for low-skilled adults
  11. 11. 1. Set up a skills strategy for Norway 2. Establish an action plan on continuous education and training 3. Strengthen the link between skills development and economic demand 4. Build a comprehensive career guidance system 5. Strengthen incentives for people to move into shortage occupations 5 key actions
  12. 12. A white paper in the making • “Lifelong learning and exclusion” • Started early 2014 • To be presented late this year • A joint initiative • Ministry of Education and research • Ministry of labour and social affairs • Ministry of children, equality and social inclusion The white paper aims at presenting a new and holistic policy for adults with low basic skills

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