In simple words, RKK was set up with the aim of developing high-quality training at lowest possible cost. At the heart of the concept was an existing infrastructure formed by the 32 or more vocational schools in Rogaland County and the teaching resources these represented.
The model we adopted was intended to open the door to closer interaction between public investment (the schools) and private enterprise. The same intention led us to undertake an innovative role as a developer of new teaching methods, particularly in regard to modern ICT.
RKK’s establishment took place in the context of the petroleum industry which had taken root in Norway in the late 1960s - early ‘70s. The big multinational corporations set up their main Norwegian offices in the Stavanger region, and in the space of a few years we had a highly innovative and forward-looking local industry with international connections.
At the same time, we were faced with totally new challenges. In a short space of time, we had to acquire a whole range of new knowledge and skills. The need for continuing education and re-training was immense. Initially, it was the oil companies themselves and private training organisations who responded to these needs. Demand continued to outstrip supply, however, and this led to the establishment of RKK. Our first customers can be divided into two broad categories: oil companies and the public employment services.
Today, our ”order book” comprises everything from the use of modern ICT in teaching, in and outside Norway, to craft certificates in most vocational subjects and to language training and mathematics. In principle, there is no limit to what we can offer. We work closely with 32 vocational schools representing more than 1500 highly qualified and experienced teachers who master a wide range of languages and who each year cater for more than 10 000 pupils/students. We have entered into formal collaboration with higher education colleges and the University of Stavanger, and in recent years we have completed projects in 31 countries with 208 formal cooperation partners. And that’s just the start.
At the heart of our business strategy is the firm conviction that we can all learn from one another; that through different forms of cooperation and networking we can develop creative and innovative environments looking ahead to the challenges of tomorrow. We are therefore actively engaged in networks at all levels, local, regional, national and international.
Close cooperation between educational institutions and the public and private sectors creates learning environments.
Teaching and continuing education become more than routine updating. They become the basis for constructive regional development, which in turn means jobs and increased competitive power.