In Iceland there are 14 Lifelong Learning centres placed in regions around the country. The Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC) has cooperative agreements with the centres linked to providing learning opportunities, guidance and validation of prior learning to people on the labour market who have not completed Upper Secondary School level education. Each centre has one or more educational- and vocational counsellors who work on reaching out to the target group, mostly through companies, and motivating them towards learning. Through the years there has been a need to focus more on methods to reach those who are not connecting to learning, also jobseekers and people within the social services (hard to reach). Cooperative agreements have been informal, on short term basis and there has been a lack of cooperation regarding methods to use in this context between counsellors at the Lifelong centres and specilists working with the more vulnerable group. The GOAL policy experimentation was carried out by Mímir-símenntun (in Reykjavík) and Miðstöð símenntunar á Suðurnesjum (in Reykjanes). Both centres have built on existing services and expertise to further develop the educational guidance services and strengthen cooperative arrangements.
The links below will lead you to the Icelandic results for the main themes of the GOAL evaluation.