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

New compensation scheme for laid off apprentices

Ny kompensasjonsordning for lærlinger

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 20 March 2020 – 28 February 2022
Context COVID-19
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
Measure added 25 April 2020 (updated 04 February 2022)

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% 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, and they support the measure.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

14 December 2021

On 8 and 14 December 2021, the government announced that the special rules for apprentices will be continued so that apprentices who are still in the scheme will be able to receive unemployment benefits until the end of February 2022.The proposals require a decision in the parliament. The government will present a proposition to the Storting in January 2022.

29 September 2021

The special scheme for laid off apprentices has been valid until 1 October 2021. According to information from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV), dated 29 September 2021, the scheme is now finalised by the government. Laid off apprentices who were granted unemployment benefits according to the special rules before 1 October 2021, may keep the unemployment benefits for the rest of the year 2021 if they do not reach the maximum period before.

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


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

Views and reactions

The social partners have supported the measure.



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


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