This new article investigates how learning and processes of becoming are shaped and enacted in retail apprenticeship in Norway. The analysis draws upon a qualitative study of managers and apprentices in different retail sub-sectors. Kaja Reegård has written the article and it is published in Vocations and Learning.

In a new project commisioned by the Union of Education Norway, Fafo will look at the conditions for participation in the organization in the years to come. The background is partly its members involvement in working time issues and the increased use of social media in the public debate. Kristin Jesnes (pictured), Kristine Nergaard, Johan Steen Røed and Sissel Trygstad are researchers on the project.

This report is an evaluation of The Norwegian State Housing Bank's regional social housing development programs started in 2009. The report shows that long-term and focused work, anchored at a high level, are important factors for success. The evaluation is carried out by the Fafo researchers Arne Backer Grønningsæter, Vidar Bakkeli and Anne Hege Strand, together with  Lars-Erik Becken and Synne Klingenberg at Proba Research. (In Norwegian only)

The Norwegian government wants to use a demand for apprentices against workplace crime, particularly in the construction industry, according to Fafo-researcher Anna Hagen Tønder has been the leader of a project that has investigated the use of apprenticeship clauses to strengthen vocational education. She welcomes the government's proposal as a good support for the businesses that go after professional expertise. * Interview with Tønder at (in Norwegian)

In recent decades, Norwegian municipalities increasingly buy welfare services from private providers.The first part of this new report, written by Arne Backer Grønningsæter, focuses on the purchase of child welfare services. The second part, written by Hanne Bogen, illustrates how the municipalities assure the quality when they buy welfare services. The report is in Norwegian.

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