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Presentation. the work research institute oslo, norway. www.afi-wri.no. Who are WRI?. A state-owned social science institute performing multidisciplinary, action-oriented research. Established in 1964 40 researchers

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who are wri
Who are WRI?
  • A state-owned social science institute performing multidisciplinary, action-oriented research.
  • Established in 1964
  • 40 researchers
    • Mainly social scientists, but also graduates in engineering, law and other disciplines
  • Organized in two main research groups:
    • Organizational Development and Innovation
    • Diversity, Inclusion and Organization
  • Examples on ongoing research topics:
    • Restructuring and innovation
    • Diversity challenges for an inclusive work life
    • Organization of public welfare and labour market services
    • Return to work and disability management
    • Workplace based learning and organizational learning
  • .

Caen, November 23-24, 2009. Steinar Widding

norwegian context
Norwegian context
  • 4,7 mill. inhabitants - labour force: 2,4 mill.
    • Unempoloyment rate: 3,2 %
  • Solid economy, high educational level
  • Ageing population
  • Among the highest disability pension rates within OECD area
    • Appr. 25 % of population under age 67 outside the workforce due to illness or disability

Caen, November 23-24, 2009. Steinar Widding

economic indicators
Economic indicators
  • GDP 2007 (EU27 = 100)
      • Norway: 184
      • UK: 118
      • France: 111 (Source: Eurostat)
  • Economic contribution to GDP:
    • Tertiary (service) industries: 56 %
    • Secondary ind (incl petrol):43 %
    • Primary ind: 1 %
  • Employment
    • Tertiary (service) industries: 76 %
    • Secondary ind (incl petrol):21 %
    • Primary ind: 3 %

Caen, November 23-24, 2009. Steinar Widding

impact of crisis
Impact of crisis
  • Norwegian economy strongly affected through both foreign trade and international capital markets.
  • Main sectors influenced by crisis
    • Construction, manufacturing/export industries, ICT, engineering, consultancy and property broking
  • Increase in public sector employment has curbed the fall in employment as a whole.

Caen, November 23-24, 2009. Steinar Widding

impact of crisis cont
Impact of crisis – cont.
  • Decline in activity in Norway is substantially lower than in majority of OECD countries
  • Growth is expected to gradually recover in the next few years.
  • The activity in 2011 is expected to recover to such a degree that it can be characterised as an upswing in the economy

Caen, November 23-24, 2009. Steinar Widding

training issues
Training issues
  • The right to free education for adults up to and including upper secondary is guaranteed by law.
  • Although Norway had a high educational level, there are still a large number of adults whose basic skills need to be addressed. Depending on how the statistics are interpreted, at least 400 000 are at risk. Some facts about the scores:
    • In general, the number of people with low basic skills increases with age
    • Every fifth person between 16 and 20 is at risk
    • Immigrants, especially from non-western countries, have a low score
    • Among people with low scores, these factors occur more frequently: low levels of education, unemployment, social benefits as main income

Caen, November 23-24, 2009. Steinar Widding

training policies
Training policies
  • Basic Competence in Working Life (VOX)
  • Labour and Welfare Administration
    • Several training measures for job-seekers, people in need of rehabilitation, etc. In principle accessible for all.
  • Inclusive workplaces
    • Enterprises participating in theTripartite Agreement on More Inclusive Workplaces
      • Acess to certain measures

Caen, November 23-24, 2009. Steinar Widding