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Examples of vocational education and training offer

Education in stoma for health professionals

Health professionals, both in specialist health service and in municipal health and care service, need increased competence about stoma and how to contribute with information, guidance and follow-up to a person who is going to have or has had a stoma. Ostomy patients should, to the greatest possible extent, be able to have a good quality of life and achieve best possible functional and coping skills, independence, and participation socially and in society.

Education in wounds, wound treatment for health professionals

Systematic treatment of wounds requires expertise on the part of the practitioner and good organization of the business and interdisciplinary collaboration. Health professionals in the specialist health service and in the municipal health and care service need increased competence in wounds, wound healing, wound treatment, and prevention of wounds and how health professionals can contribute with observation, mapping, and assessment of chronic and surgical wounds.

Engineer Officer

Training as an engineer officer provides the theoretical competence required to obtain the highest engineer officer certificate according to current requirements. The education lasts two school years and gives training at management level in machinery, electrical and electronic systems and control installations, maintenance and repairs, control of the ships operation and care for people on board.


Students learn to master commercial visual communication. Among other things, students will work with illustrations for text, advertising, cartoons, newspapers, books, posters, computer games, animation, and packaging. Idea development and creative processes have a strong focus throughout the course by combining theoretical teaching with practical tasks, both in the form of own projects and assignments from real customers. Students largely work independently with tasks, but they will also solve cases in interdisciplinary groups, while working with both digital and physical techniques. Programmes such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator are explored.

Electrical engineer

Electrical contractors feel that far too many skilled electricians disappear to other jobs. A lack of expertise also means that installation tasks are moved to other professional groups. This study contributes to required updating of electricians and in that way retain more skilled professionals in the industry. This study has been developed in collaboration runs over two semesters. The course is online and can be completed while one is at work, regardless of where they live in the country.

Building automation

With a previous vocational school education in electrical engineering or KEM, students can now take advanced courses in Building Automation. Here they build directly on the foundation subjects they already have. The study is covered by public funds. Students can therefore apply directly to the 2nd year and take main subjects. The teaching is spread over three semesters (1.5 years). There are only 2 three-day meetings per year. The rest take place online as e-learning.

Introduction to programming and IT development

Short vocational education that is provided over 20 weeks based on upper secondary education (certificate in either the ICT service subject, the IT developer subject, or Computer Electronics) or an equivalent vocational qualification. The education is called Start IT – introduction to programming and IT development; and gives 30 credits.

Electric power

The electrical power industry encompasses the entire energy chain, from production and distribution to consumption, and is a rapidly developing field. Alternative energy and automation are key words here. There is a great need for vocational school engineers in electrical power. Students also get the theory required for authorisation as an electrical installer. In Norway, electric power industry has been strongly linked to hydropower. Now it is alternative energy sources and energy carriers and the rapid development in automation that has the strongest impact on the subject area.

Energy technician

Study plan has been developed in collaboration with Skagerak Energy, which on behalf of the industry wanted further education and knowledge updating for the energy fitter to have the right skills to meet future challenges in the industry. Green shift, professional management, digitalisation, communication, and documentation are some keywords. The course is designed as an online course so that the students can work during the course.

Administrative coordinator

The education for those who want to work as administrative support for managers or management groups. As an administrative coordinator, one has a central role in tying together various subject areas and departments in a company. Students are training to be an active partner and facilitator, and are characterised by being systematic, service-oriented, responsible, and proactive. The course is well adapted to today labour market and competence requirements and provides the necessary knowledge and competence to work with administrative tasks in public and private enterprises. The education is a good starting point for those who want to work as administrative support for managers.

Pilot training

Training at the Pilot Flight Academy takes just two years, and the newly graduated pilots will have all the certificates they need to start an airline career. Becoming a pilot requires both motivation and commitment, and students are challenged on their efforts and attitudes from the first day of school.


Electronics study is offered as an online study with collections, organized part-time with 120 credits spread over three years. The development of electronics gained momentum with semiconductors and the transistor in the 1950s, and today there are electronics in almost everything that uses electricity. More and more fields are using electronics for controlling and monitoring processes. The world is becoming automated, as a vocational school engineer students take part in exciting development. Electronic equipment is increasingly used for controlling larger systems. Examples of this can be the production of electrical power, heating of homes, regulation of emissions from cars, control of lifts, radar, communication systems in planes and boats, control of industrial processes, personnel administration, and financial management.

Deck officer at management level

The Norwegian maritime cluster has a strong position internationally. Therefore, more and more people want to train in the maritime industry. The vocational school gives students an education that provides a basis for completing maritime certificate at management level. With maritime certificate, the students get the opportunity to work both in Norway and internationally in an industry that is becoming increasingly important. The world oceans have only just been explored, and utilization of the ocean space is among Norway most important investment areas in the future. There is a need for sailing personnel, but land-based operations also have a great need for maritime expertise.

Fashion design and modelling

Students take on different tasks and positions in the fashion industry. Fashion design and modelling associate is an intensive course over one year. This education gives students skills in fashion illustration, colour, and textile theory, in addition to teaching them the creative process from idea to finished product. The education is divided equally between the subject areas of design and modelling. Design deals with the creative process, while modelling is the translation of an idea into a finished product through draping, pattern construction, cutting and sewing. In modelling, pattern construction and sewing of products for women is the focus.

Network administrator with design

The course Network administrator with design is practically oriented, and through training students are trained in the installation, administration and operation of servers and networks in the classroom. In addition, students acquire sufficient competence to carry out good and relevant needs analysis as a basis for carrying out the IT work in companies. Throughout the course, the study focuses on student-acquiring sufficient knowledge and skills related to IT security. Business demands updated expertise in IT security solutions, and through a combination of theoretical reviews and practical training, students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills in the design of relevant security solutions, as well as the configuration and implementation of concrete security measures.

Airline Ready Programme

The Airline Ready program takes the students from no or little flying experience to having all the certificates and rights required to be able to work as a First Officer for European airlines. The education takes 20 months to complete. The Airline Ready Program is a comprehensive integrated pilot education where theory and flight lessons are woven together, which gives students an exciting variation between academic studies and practical flying.

Network and IT security

Practical IT education that teaches students to fight hacking or computer crime. The urgent need for expertise in IT security provides solid job opportunities after the degree. Cyber-attacks are a real threat to society and business. The loss, theft of sensitive information can have disastrous consequences for companies or businesses. Leaks of internal documents with marketing or production plans can, for example, weaken company competitive advantage in the
market. In the worst case, such incidents can lead to large financial losses, damage the company reputation, and undermine the trust that their customers have in them.

Network and system administration

Practical IT education that teaches students administration of networks and systems. The overall study centres around Microsoft and Unix-based technologies, and infrastructure for networks and server operation with a focus on IT security. Indeed, technological development has given us significant gains, and Norway is today considered one of the most digitised countries in the world. Digitisation has made the everyday lives of individuals and companies more efficient and is an important source of economic growth and productivity. Most socially important functions are now managed digitally, which also creates vulnerabilities, challenges.

Music design

Turn student interest in music production and sound design into a career path! The study offers practice-oriented education rich in opportunities. Music design is a two-year programme where, using the modern music technology, students work with composition, arrangement, production, and sound design to realise their own and the customers ideas. With the help of music composition and sound production, the students can elicit emotions and moods, contribute to storytelling, and help strengthen a brand. Therefore, music designers are in demand not only in the creative industries, but also among more commercial players.

Computer technology, server, and network operation

This course is suitable for those who are interested in working with IT and want an education with good job opportunities, or for those who want retraining. The education covers the structure and the operation of the computer, hardware, operating system with user-specific configuration and troubleshooting. The study also includes networks and security and has a separate subject on support and documentation. Teaching 2 to 3 days per week, the other days are spent on self-study and prepared lab and project assignments. This makes it possible to combine the study with an internship or part-time job.

Art photography

A completed and approved two-year higher vocational education gives 120 credits, general study skills and the degree higher vocational school degree in Fine Art Photography. Focus on technical workshops, extended knowledge of alternative techniques, media, film, staged photography, and documentary. At the forefront is the goal of developing personal expression. The students gain insight into the tools that are available, so that they can choose the ones that are most appropriate for their project. Students get to try their hand at different genres to find new approaches to what interests them.

Tourism coordinator

A practically oriented and directly job-qualifying education. The Tourism Coordinator course gives students a broad understanding of the tourism industry, and of the importance the industry has nationally and internationally. The teaching is practically oriented, and the basis for the practical education and training is a theoretical review of the tourism industry, tourist geography, culture and tourism. Throughout the course, a student is trained in travel planning and implementation of guiding at travel destinations, design of marketing material with good and selling descriptions as well as use of digital and social media in marketing.

Vocational education - Wine and Spirits

The vocational training lasts 1/2 year, and qualifies for serving, selling, importing, and producing wine and spirits. The education includes thorough theoretical and practical training in the field of wine, beer, and spirits. The education is also available as an online course with collections. The study gives 30 credits, and it is particularly aimed at Norwegian labour market; providing good professional competence for typical wine, beer, and spirits-related occupations in Norway, as well as a thorough introduction to Norwegian laws regarding the trade and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Authors of the Report

The project Competences for the Future – Matching the Needs of the Labour Market benefits from a € 106 000 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The aim of the project is to update the education offer through the exchange of opinions and good practices between organizations with experience in the field of vocational education of youth and adults.