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30% say they know enough for their job

learn workplace post skill working lifeMany with little education believe that they don't need more knowledge to do their jobs. Others realise that new skills are needed in the future. Photo: Competence Norway.

3 out of 10 say they have no need to learn anything new in their job

“It is noteworthy that so many Norwegians say they have a job that does not require them to learn anything new. Not least because of the major technological changes that affect working life,” Director of Competence Norway, Gina Lund, comments.

The Learning Conditions Monitor (LCM) shows that most Norwegian with only elementary school education believe that their job does not require them to learn anything new. LCM is the largest annual survey of adult learning in Norway.

“Requirements for restructuring apply to everyone, regardless of educational level,” Director of Competence Norway, Gina Lund, asserts.

Most demanding without high school

The Norwegian working life is changing rapidly, and technology places increased demands on competence. Changes and requirements as a result of this have consequences for all employees: What we once trained for, and the skills that we had, are not necessarily sufficient throughout working life.

“What was adequate competence yesterday need not be that tomorrow. In many professions, you need replenishment, both because the content of the job is changing, and because the skills you have expired,” Lund continues.

“It will be most demanding for those who haven’t completed high school. Lasting connection with the working life depends on both the level of education and that we update our skills – in line with the needs of working life.”

Whoever has a lot, gets more

The Learning Conditions Monitor also shows that participation in job-related, informal, education is rising with educational background. Thus, those with the longest education receive most informal training: such as courses, seminars, conferences and other activities where training is the main purpose of participation. The main trend is that those with higher education, also participate more in informal education. Those with primary education as the highest completed education attend least, followed by those with secondary education only.

“It is a paradox that those who are educated receive more, and those who have not, but who often need competence the most, don’t. The ability to develop and use new skills has never been more important than now. Both to secure the individual’s connection to the working life and to ensure economic growth,” Lund emphasises.



Lifelong learning must be a joint venture

“We need to focus more on lifelong learning in the future – To be successful, it must be a joint venture between the public, individual and employer,” she believes.

“We must all make greater efforts to increase our expertise. Each and every one of us must want to learn more, spend time raising our expertise. In short: prepare for an increasingly learning-intensive work life. At the same time, employers must make even more arrangements for employees to have qualification opportunities throughout the working life. The public must both make sure that there are relevant offers that each of us and employers can take advantage of, and contribute to the financing possibilities of the offers,” Gina Lund, Director of Competence Norway, concludes.

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