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Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn
Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Tomas Bergman View original picture , opens in new tab/window

A new model for skill development

Published: 15 November 2022

Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn participated in the Collaboration Group for Competence Supply and Lifelong Learning.

The collaborative program aimed to develop an efficient and effective system for competence provision and lifelong learning against the background of the new competence requirements resulting from technological shifts and societal development in general. The collaboration group consisted of over 250 participants from business, academia, civil society and the public sector at municipal, regional and national level.

The program identified four overarching prerequisites for an efficient and effective system to be achieved: 1. Create more efficient and transparent systems for cooperation between policy areas and between public and private actors. 2. Use the possibilities of digitization to create more accurate forecasts that can guide the actors who work strategically with competence supply. 3. Facilitate access to continuous skills development and increased use of the education system. 4. Make use of knowledge about innovative methods and working methods that can help people who are far from the labor market.

A common agenda for competence provision

“It was an important and rewarding collaboration that resulted in a common agenda for competence provision and lifelong learning at an overall level. We initiated several pilot projects that, among other things, led to a new model that simplified mobility and skill development between academia and industry, as well as guidelines for, and concrete examples of, how validation of knowledge can take place.”says Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn.

She continues: 

“We also carried out extensive work to develop an overall model for the digital infrastructure linked to information exchange. (The work included, among other things, an overall mapping of existing infrastructure, an in-depth study for supply and demand, and the need for interventions to address current challenges to get a cohesive and efficient ecosystem in place.) Another, at least equally important, result was the increased cooperation between the various ministries in matters that affect them in different ways”,