Interview with project coordinator Inta Simanska
Preventive and Integrative Work on School Dropouts and NEETs Continues in the Baltic Sea Region.
Year 2016 has intensified collaboration in the Flagship School to Work (S2W). Flagship focuses on adaptation of methods that prevent early school leaving amongst youngsters, especially newly arrived refugees. It aims to bring results at the transnational level.
Another ongoing ambition is to create a platform for exchange of knowledge on integration of young people who are no longer in the education system and who are not working or being trained for work (NEETs). The platform aims to provide services in a holistic manner and also to empower youngsters with entrepreneurial skills.
Other highlights of the Flagship School to Work
- Flagship leader has received funding from Swedish government that allows to perform coordinative functions in Sweden and in the Baltic Sea Region, and also act as an intermediate actor at the transnational level,
- S2W has two knowledge platforms: Knowledge Platform on NEETs that is coordinated by the Norden Association (Sweden) and Knowledge Platform on Early School Leaving, coordinated by City of Turku Education Division (Sweden).
- Ongoing work of more formalized framework for further cooperation within the Flagship to increase the effectiveness of joint efforts.
Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) is the Flagship leader and has supported and guided members to develop project initiatives and submitted them to various funding sources (e.g. ERASMUS+, ESF Transnational call) in 2016.
SALAR is very proud that together with enthusiastic and experienced coordinators of Knowledge Platforms, Flagship has numerous activities that are implemented by its members. SALAR is determined to foster cooperation in the BSR by initiating common initiatives and by providing platforms for exchange of knowledge and information.
SALAR and Knowledge Platform Coordinators support, mediate, bring together and raise awareness on the EUSBSR, and the commitment to reduce the percentage of early school leaving to less than 10% until 2020. Particularly, strong emphasis is on approaches that provide holistic measures to ease school to work transition and to increase employability of young people.
Flagship School to Work gathers 54 members of which most are public institutions. Membership covers the entire territory of the Baltic Sea Region.
Contact persons: Gunnar Anderzon, (e-mail: email@example.com) and Inta Simanska (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).