Article | Last updated: 2014-12-14 | Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Immigrants who require basic qualifications, who have no links with working life and who are not covered by existing schemes are in the target group for this measure.
All immigrants aged between 18 and 55 years who require basic qualifications, who have no links with working life and who are not covered by existing schemes are in the target group for this measure. Stay-at-home immigrant women who are not dependent on social welfare are a prioritised target group for Job Opportunity.
Persons who take part in or qualify for participation in the Qualification Programme run by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) are not eligible for Job Opportunity. Nor are persons who are entitled to the introduction programme pursuant to the Introduction Act.
The content of the qualification work
The programme is to be individually adapted and in so far as possible carried out in accordance with the Introduction Act and recommended guidelines. It is to give the participant better qualifications for taking part in working life, improved Norwegian-language skills and a greater insight into Norwegian social conditions. The programme is to create the basis for a permanent link with working life and for financial independence.
New Chance (Ny Sjanse)
New Chance was a trial qualification programme for immigrants who, after several years in Norway, had no permanent link with the labour market. The aim was to make participants financially independent through work or education.
The methods that were tried out in New Chance and are continued in Job Opportunity were the same as in the introduction programme and consisted of mapping, a written individual plan, a contact person, a full-time programme, qualification benefit, rules governing absences and close individual follow-up. The measures were mainly aimed at teaching the Norwegian language, providing work experience and teaching immigrants about Norwegian society.
More information on Job Opportunity, the experience gained from New Chance, good examples and methods, literature and grants, can be found on the IMDi website.