Nordic network for adult learning

The Nordic network for adult learning (NVL) supports Nordic cooperation in policy development and implementation regarding lifelong learning and competence development. NVL is a collaborative platform for adult education providers and policy makers. NVL builds interdisciplinary networks across all the Nordic countries, focusing on the priorities of the Nordic Council of Ministers. More about NVL here.


Nordplus Applications round 1 st February 2024



The Nordplus programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers invites Nordic and Baltic institutions and organisations working with or involved in education and training to apply for funding in the application round of 2024.

A Nordic perspective on green career guidance



Kalle Vihtari and Nanna Heinø Mortensen from NVL’s Nordic Network for Guidance held a presentation at the Greenland Guidance Conference in Nuuk on September 12 2023.

New Report on Digital Competences in Tomorrow´s Working Life



The report identifies challenges and solutions regarding digital transformation in small and medium-sized companies in the industry.


The conference Making all Skills Visible, 24-25 May



8 min.

More than 100 participants from 19 countries discussed validation policies at the European Making all Skills Visible conference on May 24 and 25 in Stockholm.

Jens Bjørnåvold



11 min.

At the 4th VPL Biennale in Reykjavik in May, Jens Bjørnåvold was honoured. He received the Egg of Life as an award for his lifetime achievement. For many he is the father of validation. He dislikes this term, and refutes it firmly, saying that there were at least a couple of hundred parents at the Biennale, and many others out...

Be Digital to meet the digital divide



14 min.

NVL disseminates the results of the Nord Plus Adults Project. Be Digital-Social Media for 50+ is a two-year Baltic-Nordic project supported by the Nord Plus Adult program. The focus of the project was on strengthening the social media skills necessary for older employees to succeed both at work and in everyday life.




Explore a range of resources provided and developed by NVL and NVL’s thematic networks.

Nordic Quality Compass

The Nordic Quality Compass

The Nordic Quality Compass is a toolbox for assessing validation practices, policies, procedures as well as competences of validation practitioners. This set of tools is for policymakers, developers of validation procedures and practitioners (assessors, counsellors and coordinators) who are working with validation of prior learning.


NVL’s one-pagers are short formats that present key findings from reports, comparative analyses, mappings and recommendations from the field of adult learning in the Nordic region. Our latest one-pagers are on the topics of digital inclusion, career guidance and co-creation.
Policy briefs

Policy briefs

NVL’s policy briefs highlight current challenges in the Nordic countries, bring forth possible solutions or point out further needs for development and cooperation. The aim of the policy briefs is to create a better information and knowledge base for decision- and policy-making in the field of adult learning.