Articles in English

16/05/2024

Norden

14 min.

PIAAC measures key information processing skills and data from the survey provide unique opportunities to analyse the cognitive skills needed in the labour market and society. Access to PIAAC data, on its own or linked to register data, is possible for research purposes. To facilitate the selection of register variables a handbook is available for the Nordic countries and Estonia....
In order to involve seniors in society through artistic and musical activities, it is necessary to know their creative expression, skills and need to express themselves.

06/05/2024

Norden

9 min.

While looking for ways to work with seniors so that they could live an active social life, a unifying cultural tradition was found in the three Baltic countries. The social inclusion competence of adult educators was created and tested by the experience of singing and playing music in families.

Wille Bolinder

25/03/2024

Sverige

9 min.

After more than 25 years as a designer in the online advertising industry, Wille Bolinder decided to switch to a completely different profession. Now he drives a truck and transports hazardous waste. Despite a 50% cut to his salary, the choice was ultimately an easy one.

Tommy Hauglid

25/03/2024

Norge

13 min.

– If you get the opportunity to have your prior learning assessed, take it! It was a fantastic way to be assessed and move forward after a long sick leave and the threat of disability. It’s great to be able to go straight into a healthcare programme without first completing two years of upper secondary school, says Tommy Hauglid, 53,...
A neoclassical building with columns in an empty square, with a statue of a mounted figure under a clear sky at dawn or dusk.

11/01/2024

Finland

6 min.

Next year, Finland will introduce national skills badges in the field of non-formal adult education. Marja Juhola from the Finnish National Agency for Education and Educational Advisor Annika Bussman of the Ministry of Education and Culture have been involved in the ambitious project perceived as unique in the Nordic countries.

The conference Making all Skills Visible, 24-25 May

23/06/2023

Norden

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

30/08/2022

Norden

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

26/10/2021

Norden

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.

Eyrún Björk Valsdóttir and Fjóla María Lárusdóttir

12/11/2020

Island

11 min.

In a dialogue meeting in Reykjavik, the participants discussed questions related to the European project UP-AEPRO on competence development. More people need upskilling in order to meet new demands. Many need further education to meet new demands resulting from the pandemic and the 4th industrial revolution.

Young boy in a blue shirt standing by the sea, looking into the distance with 'PART 3' text overlaid in a circle.

24/10/2016

Norden

12 min.

People with low skills in respectively literacy and numeracy are defined as those who are at level 0 and 1. These people score less than 226 points at the scale of literacy and numeracy respectively, a scale ranging from 0 to 500. Persons at level 0 and 1 in literacy are able to read and understand very simple texts with...
Young boy in a blue shirt standing by the sea, looking into the distance with 'PART 2' text overlaid in a circle.

06/10/2016

Norden

9 min.

In this article, the Danish sociologist Anders Rosdahl presents main findings from PIAAC cycle 1. The article presents skills in the Nordic countries in a comparative perspective and focuses on the uneven distribution of skills with regard to education, age and other factors. It also sheds light on adults with low skills and how adult education matches the needs of...
Young boy in a blue shirt standing by the sea, looking into the distance with 'PART 1' text overlaid in a circle.

19/09/2016

Norden

14 min.

In this article, the Danish sociologist Anders Rosdahl presents main findings from PIAAC cycle 1. The article presents skills in the Nordic countries in a comparative perspective and focuses on the uneven distribution of skills with regard to education, age and other factors. It also sheds light on adults with low skills and how adult education matches the needs of...