MSS Lifelong learning center

Miðstöð símenntunar á Suðurnesjum (MSS) is a lifelong learning centre located in the Southwest area of Iceland, founded December 10th 1997.

Role in the project:

Responsible for carrying out field trials in the south peninsula.

  •  coordination of the field trials in cooperation with the ETSC
  • setting up and maintaining a network of stakeholders to reach specific target groups
  • providing information, develop tools and methods for guidance, guidance and counselling to low skilled adults
  • take part in the development of a competence profile for counsellors, organise outreach guidance sessions
  • exchange of good practices and expertise with Mímir LLL center and specialists from unemployment- and social services
  • provide input for exchange of good practices internationally
  • provide input for evaluation and support local and international evaluation team

MSS’ mission is to offer a various selection of courses for individuals and for companies. For individuals the courses are categorised as recreational courses, occupational courses and language or computer courses. Examples of the selection of courses offered at MSS are:

  • Icelandic language courses for immigrants, level 1-5.
  • Foreign languages for Icelandic speaking people, such as English, Norwegian and Spanish.
  • General computer skills, more detailed computer courses are also offered such as graphic design.
  • Occupational courses for health-care and social services employees, as well as employees in tourism and employees in schools or kindergartens which have lower education.
  • Education for adults with disabilities, long seminars and short courses.
  • MSS offers learning facilities for university students in the area as well as facilities and equipment for distance learning.

MSS also offers Educational and carreer counselling for people in the area. Counselling is also available for companies regarding KSAO’s analyses as well as regarding the educational demands of companies. MSS has worked on outreach guidance for the target group since 2006 but would like to develop approaches towards more vulnerable groups.