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Vocational training in training establishments should be followed up better

Training establishments and county authorities are not complying with the provisions of the Education Act well enough, and state supervision of vocational education has weaknesses. - The Ministry of Education and Research should consider measures for better follow-up and compliance with the regulations in the area, says Auditor General Jørgen Kosmo.
Published 2/19/2013 12:30 PM

Document 3:6 (2012-2013) The Office of the Auditor General's investigation of vocational training in training establishments was submitted to the Storting on 19 February 2013.

A shortage of apprenticeships increases the risk that many young people will not complete vocational education and training. While the apprenticeship situation has improved, there are still many students who do not have an apprenticeship after completing the school portion of their vocational education and training programme.

- It is positive that the authorities and the social partners entered into a new social contract in 2012 to create more apprenticeships, says Kosmo.

Many training establishments do not comply with the provisions of the Education Act concerning internal plans for training, internal quality assurance systems and annual reports to the county authorities. In a survey, 20 per cent of training offices and 32 per cent of the individual training establishments stated that they had not submitted a report on training in 2011 to the county authority.

Many county authorities do not have an adequate system for assessing whether the legal requirements are met regarding the quality of vocational training in training establishments.

- The Ministry of Education should ensure that the county authorities have a proper system for this so that there is better compliance with the regulations for vocational education, says Kosmo.

Central authorities do not have sufficient and systematised knowledge about the county authorities' and training establishments' follow-up of the technical content of the vocational training. Nor was vocational education and training a priority in state supervision in the period 2006-2011.

A questionnaire survey shows that 19 per cent of the training offices and 25 per cent of the individual training establishments see the competence objectives in the curricula as not very relevant to training programmes. - The Ministry of Education should consider strengthening the supervisory function and work on curricula, says Kosmo.

The Minister points out that the Ministry of Education, in consultation with the Norwegian Association of Local Authorities (KS), will consider how best to monitor county authorities' compliance with the regulations. The Minister emphasised that it is important to share the experiences of county authorities that meet the requirements of the Education Act with other county authorities. It was also pointed out that the Ministry of Education and Norwegian Directorate of Education and Training will assess the need for changes in the curricula in consultation with the social partners.

The document can be downloaded via the link on the right.

Public institutions can order the document from the Government Administration Services, tel. (+47) 22 24 20 00, publikasjonsbestilling@dss.dep.no. Others can order it from Fagbokforlaget AS, tel. (+47) 55 38 66 00, offpub@fagbokforlaget.no.

The deferral of public access to documents prepared by or for the Office of the Auditor General in connection with Document 3:6 (2012-2013), cf. the Act relating to the Office of the Auditor General section 18 second paragraph, is hereby set aside.

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