More people need to receive Norwegian language training at work. To make it happen, the government funding program BKA* has been extended. The change was implemented when the 2016 application process was issued September 1st.
Vox Director Gina Lund is pleased about the Government’s decision, as this has been on the Vox agenda for quite some time.
Recently published research conducted by Vox for the Ministry of Education and Research, confirms the importance of stronger language skills among labor immigrants. The research was conducted among the social partners, i.e. members of two major industry associations and Fellesforbundet, which is the largest union in The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions.
Several sectors expressed need for improvements, and stated that current language proficiency among labor immigrants, e.g. in the construction industry, is below required standards.
Around 40% of industries in the research provide language training at their own cost. Among those without such offering, smaller businesses point to financial issues related to providing such training for their workers.
*BKA - basic competence in working life. BKA offers funding of job based training in the basic skills of literacy, numeracy, oral skills and computer skills. As of 2016, it also includes training of Norwegian as 2nd language to labor immigrants.
To see an example of BKA impact, see this video