the R&D within VET/HRD is following the more general themes in other
parts of Europe.
investments in R&D, as well as in training provision within VET/HRD,
however, are relatively low. The same is true also with regard to investment
in CVET, both in research in this area as well as in developing and expanding
the training provision, regardless of the generally strong focus on advancing
lifelong learning in Norway. The commitment and good will is there, but
the educational system covering CVET/HRD is weak and the level of activity
remains low in particular within CVET/HRD and regarding R&D. Along
with the current school reform, however, more R&D funding is currently
being targeted at upper secondary education (basic vocational training),
also in teacher training and training of trainers in the area.
are some indications of a slightly increased interest in knowledge building
and investment in personnel development in the private sector, but mostly
in larger companies. Large sums of public support have been targeted at
SMEs to support training and development in this area. This support was
following the national Competence Reform at the turn of the Millennium.
Related to the Competence Reform, a large research programme was also implemented
towards the end of 1990 by the Norwegian Research Council for knowledge
building in this area.