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Tove Mogstad Aspøy


Tove Mogstad Aspøy works as a researcher at Fafo. Aspøy is interested in the intersection between education and working life. Her research themes include skills, workplace learning, lifelong learning, vocational education and training and integration. 

Aspøy has extensive experience with both qualitative and quantitative methods, including qualitative interviews, conducting and analyzes of surveys and analysis of register data.

Aspøy has published several articles in international journals, both based on qualitative and quantitative data. She also gives presentations about her field.


PhD. in sociology, University of Oslo

Master's degree in sociology, University of Oslo

Area of work

Job quality

Current projects

Assessment quality in trade examinations
The topic of the project is the Norwegian examination boards' work on the implementation and assessment of trade examinations. Among other things, we map the background of the test boards, the relationship between the county authorities and the examination boards, how the tasks are carried out and assessment practice.

The Skills2Capabilities project is about understanding how skill systems across Europe can reduce the level of skills mismatch in the labour markets. The study addresses this from both a demand side and a supply side perspective to identify how skill systems can better respond to meeting skill demands in a more fluid labour market environment. The project is a collaboration between research institutions in eight European countries. Fafo leads a work package where we will compare countries in how selected VET qualifications adjust to technological change, and how work content/organization interact with changes in VET qualifications.

Regional tripartite cooperation on vocational education and training

The research project examines the role of tripartite cooperation on vocational education and training (VET) at the regional level in Norway, with special emphasis on "yrkesopplæringsnemnda", the peak cooperative organ in each county.

Gender balance in Hydro's aluminium plant

Norsk Hydro wants a more even gender balance among its employees, ie more female employees in its aluminium plants/factories. This applies to both operators and engineers. In the project, we will provide an overview of the current situation, what the challenges are and point to possible measures/facilitation to achieve a more even gender balance

Evaluation of the upper secondary education reform "Fagfornyelsen"

Fafo, NIFU and Oslo Met jointly evaluate the national upper secondary vocational education reform "Fagfornyelsen" which introduces both new curricula and a new program and structure. The research-based evaluation is organized into five work packages: Governance and implementation, Didactics, Apprentice/Student perspective, Labour market relevance, and Synthesis.

Fafo publications

Completed projects

Professional development for vocational teachers

The project will investigate what skills are needed for vocational teachers in order to provide vocational education that is perceived as good and relevant by students and employers.

Youth and educational choice

This is a study of educational choices in upper secondary education, with a focus on health and child care and youth development. A key objective of the study is to gain a better understanding of the various factors that affect students' choice of education, how students perceive their own information needs and how these needs are met by the school and other stakeholders.

Qualifying students for apprenticeship or bridging courses

Fafo evaluates four different models of preparing vocational students for apprenticeship or bridging courses to obtain general entrance to university/college studies.

Adult learning, vocational skills and labour market outcomes

An important purpose of this project is to gain more knowledge about factors that motivate young adults to obtain a trade certificate. In addition, we investigate the importance of a vocational qualification for labour market participation and mobility.

Alternatives to apprenticeship for VET students

Initial vocational education and training in Norway usually consists of two years mostly school based training followed by two years apprenticeship.