School to Work Aims to strengthen transnational cooperation between stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region in the field of education and work in order to prevent early school leaving and develop support for vulnerable groups of students/youth. www.s2wflagship.eu
Baltic Training Programme Supports the internationalization of vocational education and training as well as entrepreneurship and the internationalization of business. www.baltictrainingprogramme.se
Baltic University Programme Largest university network in BSR focused on sustainable regional development through cooperation in education, research and applied projects www.balticuniv.uu.se
Baltic Sea Labor Forum Aims to promote social dialogue, tripartite structures and cooperation as crucial elements of sustainable growth and social development in the BSR www.bslabour.eu
Baltic Science Network Aims to provide science and research ministries of the Baltic Sea region states with an overall coordination framework to develop and implement science policy in a macro-regional dimension and to ensure a better representation of macro-regional interests on the EU level http://www.baltic-science.org/
It is important that the companies in the Baltic Sea Region's support and complement each other on world markets. That is the main idea of PA Educations and PA Innovations joint commitment within the framework of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and that is also the reason for the recent gathering of cluster leaders in Vilnius.
Small and large companies, financiers, EU programs, education providers, research communities and agencies are invited to create clusters to support each other and strengthen the common appearance on the world market. The cluster organization is based on membership and is led by cluster leaders, who are responsible for coordinating the work.
In spite of having a complex task, the cluster leaders so far haven´t been offered a coherent education that helps them grasp their work. 29 cluster leaders attended the Vilnius meeting with the aim of completing a list of necessary skills and competences that will be part of a new education. The meeting made a necessary step forward towards an education within the framework of an Erasmus+ project. PA Education participates in creating the education in line with the commitment to internationalize vocational education and training.
The meeting was funded by the Swedish Institute and arranged by the Norden Association.
The flagship School to Work, one of the flagships within PA Education, invites participants to the conference Flagship School to Work: Navigation and Guidance. The conference is followed by a study visit in Stockholm.
YOU ARE most welcome to take part in the conference, feed in ideas on topics to be discussed in the groups or learn more on what has been achieved so far in the Baltic Sea Region. The conference takes place on Monday, June 18 and the study visit will be on Tuesday, June 19.
You are welcome to find information about sessions, venues and times in agendas of conference and study visit (click on links below for attached files).
REGISTRATION to both events is available until the 6th of June. Please follow the registration link below.
NOTE that your participation will be confirmed by organisers in form of an e-mail within three working days after receiving your application. There are limited places available for the study visit.
The conference gathers public institutions, municipalities, schools, civil society organizations and private companies that work to prevent early school leaving, to integrate young people who are neither in education, employment nor training and newly arrived refugees into the labour market in the Baltic Sea Region. The conference is organized by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions who is the leader of the Flagship in policy area Education in the Baltic Sea Region.
More information about the Flagship School to Work can be found on our website www.s2wflagship.eu
Smiltene Technical School invites to an international conference, "ECVET in Practice - Challenges and Solutions" in Smiltene, Latvia, from May 28th to May 30th, 2018.
During the conference the results will be shared
- of the strategic partnership project “ECVET Units as Initial or Additional Training to the European Veterinary Assistant Diploma”, where the developers, performers and participants of the project will be sharing their experience and will interpret the future;
- the current trends in vocational education of Latvia, including modular education;
- Work environment-based learning experience;
- Experience and trends of Estonia, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden and Lithuania in ECVET, vocational education and adult education.
On May 28th there will be an exclusive possibility
- to take part in the master class "Coaching as a competence to support international vocational assignments, led by Anastasia Nekrasova – a learning designer and developmental coach, "Intelligent Mind-sets", Sweden;
- to use the "free microphone", meet potential partners from different schools and enterprises for future projects, ask questions and make suggestions, as well as get to know one of the 21st Century vocational education provider of Latvia, and get acquainted with Latvian culture and cuisine.
PA Educaton organizes three stakeholder seminars during March, in Vilnius on March 2, in Riga on March 15 and in Tallinn on March 19.
Participants will first hear about Baltic cooperation and the work of the existing flagships. After that, the idea is to launch a creative discussion in five groups on following topics: early school leaving, improved quality of vocational education through internship and entrepreneurship, higher education in an international perspective, including labor market and integration of refugees.
Participants also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own project proposals. At the end of the event, there will also be an opportunity for individual consultation with the Policy Area Coordinator, who can provide valuable input for the development of the project ideas.
“If we fix good multi-level coordination of discussions and activities, we might eliminate the need of persuading each other of the value, and move to more collaborative mode of engagement.” This was the conclusion of the open space exercise starting with the question “How will you convince the holder of national EU Funds to invest in macro-regional strategies?”
National Coordinators, Policy Area Coordinators and Horizontal Action Coordinators, together with representatives of Managing Authorities in European Structural and Investment Funds, 54 participants in total, gathered for the first module of the EUSBSR Support in Riga.
This module will be followed by five more in this capacity building programme for coordinators in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The programme is based on peer learning with three prioritie: The topic for the 1st module was “Aligning Funding for Policy Impact” with discussions such as cooperation across functions: Alignment in Practice Exploring alignment of funding in smaller cross-functional teams, with real-life formats that PACs and HACs work in and Beyond 2020: feeding forward to the new funding period. Designing a collaboration interface between PACs/HACs, National Coordinators and the EU funding programmes.
Next module will be held in Tallinn on 12 and 13 December with the topic; Monitoring & Evaluation in the EUSBSR: WHAT? WHY? HOW?
Would your organisation like to start or expand collaborations that contribute to sustainable economic, environmental or social development in the Baltic Sea Region? The Swedish Institute will soon open a new call for applications.
Swedish organisations can apply for seed funding from the Swedish Institute in order to cooperate with organisations in the Baltic Sea Region countries and organisations in the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries.
The project activities that the Swedish Institute supports via ‘seed funding’ must be clearly linked to one or more of the challenges identified in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The projects should help to create conditions for long-term, sustainable relations in the region.
The next call will open soon and close on 13 February 2018. More information about seed funding can be found on the website of the Swedish Institute. You can find more information via this link.
The ESF Transnational Platform helps stakeholders using the ESF to find and collaborate with partners in other countries. The platform was established by the EU Commission in order to support transnational cooperation in the ESF.
The Platform runs nine thematic mutual learning networks and facilitates coordinated calls for proposals. It publishes articles, newsletters and technical dossiers, as well organising an annual event.
The European Commission has announced a call for proposals under the Erasmus+ programme KA3, Support for policy reform, Joint qualifications in vocational education and training (VET).
The overall objectives of the call are, on the one hand, to increase the employability of young people and to contribute to the development of a highly skilled, qualified and mobile workforce from which companies should also benefit and, on the other hand, to support joint developments in VET in Europe and strengthen overall its quality, relevance and attractiveness.
The specific objective of the call is to support the preparation or setting up of joint VET qualifications including at higher level or the improvement of such existing qualifications. The transnational qualifications should comprise strong work-based learning and a mobility component, address learning outcomes, quality assurance and proper recognition while making use of relevant European tools and instruments.
Against the background of high youth unemployment, skills mismatch and shortages as well as the need for higher level skills at sectoral level, joint VET qualifications have the potential to address these challenges and ensure that VET response better to labour market needs.
The transition from school to work is one of the most difficult periods in the life of a young person. Even from a European societal perspective, the difficulties for young people to establish themselves in the labor market is one of our major political challenges.
School to Work is a process, so called flagship, within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Policy Area Education. In this flagship, stakeholders should work together, within networks and projects, to find common solutions and good examples of policies that lead to better transition from school to work. The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) leads the Flagship School to Work.
Three platforms focus on different groups
The work at the Flagship is organized in three knowledge platforms. They have a focus on three different groups of people. One of the knowledge platforms is acitve in area of prevention of early school leaving and thus has a focus to young people who are 16 to 20 years old.
The second Flagship has a focus to those young people who are in a situation when they have no employment, education nor training.
And the third knowledge platform, which is also the latest one, assembles knowledge and expertise in work with integration of newly arrived refugees.
The knowledge platforms on prevention of early school leaving and integration of newly arrived refugees is led by the Division of Education of City Turku. The knowledge platform on integration of young people in NEET situation is managed by Norden Association in Sweden.
New membership levels
At the beginning of the summer, a large number of stakeholders, public and private organizations and civil society representatives, were invited to find common denominations for continued cooperation. At this time, three levels of membership were also presented.
- The first level, Associate Members, can include stakeholders, municipalities and schools that are interested in projects and in learning something new, says Inta Edgarsson at SALAR. The second level includes among others, those who already work with projects and who need more expert support and knowledge about new methods.
Stakeholders at this level may be interested in running projects under the ESF, who announced a call for transnational cooperation within youth employment.
The third level is strategic. This level consists of, among others, ministries, employment agencies and ESF, working together to support the development of new methods. In a first part of the work, a mapping of current activities is done to see what's actually been done.
- We are learning more about specific activities conducted by our members, how they are organizing them, what kind of personal approach they have towards the young people and how they are doing the follow ups, says Inta Edgarsson.
This autumn, many activities are being planned within the framework of the Flagship School to Work. One example is a visit to Turku, Finland, where around 20 participants from the Baltic Sea countries will study good examples of labour market integration, with focus on one stop shop for young people who need support and on how to increase the attractiveness of Vocational Education and Training.