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Factsheet for case NO-2020-12/781 – measures in Norway

New compensation scheme for laid off apprentices

Ny kompensasjonsordning for lærlinger

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 20 March 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
Author Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound
Case created 25 April 2020 (updated 05 May 2020)

Background information

The introduced compensation schemes are aimed at industries, companies and individual groups that are particularly hard hit by the virus outbreak, and which are not well covered by the measures already adopted. A new compensation scheme for apprentices are aimed at the many apprentices who are affected by the virus outbreak and laid off or lose their jobs. Many apprentices have not worked long enough to earn rights to unemployment benefits. Therefore, a separate scheme is needed.

Content of measure

The temporary scheme applies to both laid-off and other apprentices who lose their apprenticeship. The apprentices receive a compensation of 100 per cent of salary up to NOK 12,482 (approx. €1,100) per month, and 62.4% of salary above this, up to NOK 49,929 (approx. €4,400). The compensation is calculated based on the salary the apprentice had upon termination or termination of the apprenticeship. The scheme will take effect from 20 March. The measure is designed and implemented by the government in cooperation with the parliament. The social partners have been consulted during design and implementation of the measure.

Use of measure

No information to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Youth (18-25) in employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level



Views and reactions

Social partners have been consulted regularly during design and implementation of the measure.



Eurofound (2020), New compensation scheme for laid off apprentices, case NO-2020-12/781 (measures in Norway), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.