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Factsheet for measure NO-2021-15/1940 – measures in Norway

Support for in-house training

Støtte til bedriftsintern opplæring

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 06 April 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound
Measure added 07 July 2021 (updated 16 July 2021)

Background information

To counteract redundancies and lay offs due to COVID-19, and at the same time contribute to skills development, the government in March 2021 granted NOK 300 million (€29 million) for in-company training. County municipalities will manage the funds through the existing program for in-house training, Bedriftsintern opplæring (BIO). All companies may apply for grants.

Content of measure

The government's grant of NOK 300 million (€29 million) is transferred to the county municipalities which administer an existing program for in-house training. The labor market measure in-house training (BIO) is one of several measures the government use to help the business community through the corona crisis. It is the county municipalities that manage the funds because they know the situation in the region well and can direct the funds where it is most needed. The funds are distributed between the counties with an equal amount per inhabitant. It is the hope of the government that companies, with this money, can use spare capacity to raise competence and restructure, rather than lay off or lay off employees.

Use of measure

No information.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social partners jointly
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
Local / regional 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 during the design and implementation of the measure.

Views and reactions

The social partners are supportive of the measure.



Eurofound (2021), Support for in-house training, measure NO-2021-15/1940 (measures in Norway), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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