Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences has now established several standalone courses that are specifically aimed at those who have been laid off or are unemployed.
The authorities have on several occasions announced that they want to contribute to enhancing the possibilities for laid-off and unemployed people to return to working life after the covid-19 crisis. INN University has now received allocations to offer several standalone courses as extraordinary skills-development measures this autumn. These are primarily aimed at those who have been laid off or are unemployed. INN University has received approximately NOK 3.5 million for this measure. Previously, we have been allocated NOK 17.3 million to develop flexible education offerings, which in the long run will also benefit the aforementioned target group.
“Becoming unemployed or being laid off is a demanding and challenging situation many now find themselves in, but at the same time it can be an opportunity to update oneself professionally or perhaps learn something completely new,” says Pro-Rector for Education, Stine Grønvold.
As an educational institution, we are concerned with offering programmes that are future-oriented and relevant to society. The new standalone courses are affiliated with several of our faculties, and what characterizes them is that they are offered part-time in the autumn of 2020, and are online. Note that several of these standalone courses have continuous registration, which means that they can quickly become fully booked.
“These are digital solutions that are not expensive for the individual student. Students must pay the semester fee, but beyond that there are few expenses related to the studies. In other words, it is a good opportunity for those who want to replenish their CV with a extra expertise in order to make themselves attractive candidates in working life,” says Grønvold.
Through this initiative, INN University as an educational institution, wants to create value for the individual student and the business community. The course offering includes a course that will be taught in English:
“The standalone courses start in the autumn, but several of them feature ongoing admission with a limited number of places. So if you are interested, it is a good idea to come to a decision relatively quickly,” concludes Grønvold.