To be able to provide training opportunities for the design of Digital Work-based Learning (WBL) experiences the project consortium decided on collecting best practice examples of digital WBL experiences. But before the research and collection of best practice examples can start a methodology and structure must be developed.

Due to the Corona pandemic, we unfortunately have not been able to hold any membership meetings. We are happy that we can now finally invite you again and meet in person in the beautiful city of Vienna.

The On-Good Project aims at good producing SMEs and to help them to engage effectively in transborder activities. A consortium of 7 partners from 6 countries will develop a VET handbook and an application with m-learning training materials in 5 different areas.

The On-Good Project aims at good producing SMEs and to help them to engage effectively in transborder activities. A consortium of 7 partners from 6 countries will develop a VET handbook and an application with m-learning training materials in 5 different areas.

Six partners from Germany, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain are currently working on the Erasmus+ project WINN – “Workouts for Innovation Leaders”. This project arises as a response to the problems encountered in organisations today, as the competitiveness of companies depends to a large extent on the ability to innovate.

Innovative Business Transfer Models for SMEs in the Baltic Sea Region

The INBETS project is going on strong. The business transfer and financing models have been developed and first companies have been coached already. The project and its focus on business transfers are also getting increasing attention on a political level. It was presented at the XVIII Annual Strategic planning leaders forum of the regions and cities of Russia in St. Petersburg on the 28th of October and hosted a specific session on business transfers on the 29th of October. Besides the coaching of the companies, the partnership is now working on a policy programme that will be presented at our next conference in June 2020 in Brussels.

If you are interested to learn more about the project please visit the new platform and register online for additional information and tools that are available to all members of the Hanse-Parlament and the Baltic Sea Academy.

On the website you can also watch a 2 min video explaining the project and its outcomes.

The three-year project Establishment of two-stage industry competence centers of vocational education and training led by the Baltic Sea Academy reaches slowly but steadily the final realization phase:

The first stage of a Competence Centre in Poland is successfully running with the implementation of a dual vocational training programme to become a motor mechanic/mechatronic technician.

The second stage is currently being tested with a two-year technician training course in 5 project partner countries by 30.04.2020.

During a visit of several days to Slupsk from 8 to 9 October 2019, the Lead Partner conducted personal interviews with administrators, directors and teachers of the Mechanical-Logistics Vocational Training School of Tadeusz Tanski, the Internship Centre and companies. The assessment of the Competence Center was positive.

The 5th project meeting and the 1st conference to present the project results took place from 17 to 18 October 2019 in Riga. 106 participants came together to discuss vocational education and training in Latvia, its perspectives and the establishment of sector competence centres for vocational education and training. International guests spoke about their experiences and successes in implementing dual vocational training to prepare future managers and owners of SMEs.

With a few exceptions, the participants rated the conference very positively and summarized the content and organization of the event with the following statements: “The auditorium was great and attractive; Keep it that way; Good work; Great.”

The final workshop and the second conference will take place on 27 to 28 May 2020 in Slupsk. Have you become curious? Then visit the project website:

Photos by Hanse Parlament, Project Meeting in Riga on October 17, 2019

Since September 2017, six partners from Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Finland with the lead of Hanse Parlament have been carrying out the three-year project Designing and implementing a dual Bachelor’s degree study course with integral attainment of a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.

The main task of the project is to develop two dual study programmes which enable students to obtain (academic) Bachelor’s and Master Craftsman (Meister) degrees after completing their studies.

We can already report good intermediate results:

Firstly, the development of the study course Civil Engineering with Master craftsman qualification in construction professions has been completed and is currently being run with 95 students at the hochschule21 in Buxtehude, Germany.

Secondly, the study of Electrical Engineering with integrated Master craftsman qualification in electrical occupations has been completed and the Partner Vilnius Gediminas Technical University is currently undergoing the accreditation process. The implementation will start in September 2020.

In addition, Wielkopolska Chamber of Crafts in Poznan is currently testing the Business Management and Vocational Education modules of the Civil Engineering course.

The project consortium developed national-specific examination regulations for obtaining both the Bachelor’s degree and Master Craftsman qualification as well as guidelines and application instructions for the implementation of the study courses.

On October 25, 2019 the Wielkopolska Chamber of Crafts in Poznan, together with the University of Life Sciences, invited to the common dialogue on the project topic and results at a conference. There was great interest, 117 participants – companies, representatives from education and politics, students – took part in the conference. They assessed the presented innovative courses of studies as a future-oriented form of education in order to successfully meet the blatant shortage of entrepreneurs and managers in the skilled trades and in small and medium-sized enterprises.

The final conference is going to take place on 19 June 2020 in Vilnius. In this context, the last project workshop will take place the day before.

Should you have interest to join, please inform the Secretariat for further information. Have you become curious? For further details please check the project website:

Photos by Elina Priedulena, Project Meeting and Conference in Poznan, Poland on October 24 and 25, 2019

The project New Skills for new Entrepreneurs – Attraction and Qualification of Refugees as Successors has entered its final phase.

It is already becoming apparent that, through competence assessment, motivation and language training, entrepreneurship training and intensive coaching only a limited number of qualified participants can be recruited to take over existing SMEs, but that many of the refugees and foreigners involved in the four project countries are working towards promising and innovative business start-ups. In individual countries, for example in Germany, the procedures for recognizing already acquired knowledge and qualification measures are so bureaucratic and lengthy that migrants cannot start to work as employee or become self-employed for three years or even longer. This is met with a lack of understanding among migrants, most of whom are highly motivated, want to work quickly, earn money and, to a much greater extent than locals, are seeking self-employment.

The project results to date were presented at a conference in Budapest in November 2019. A further presentation of the project results is planned for May 2020 in Hamburg.

A year ago, the project Innovative Entrepreneurs and Innovation Support for SMEs: Knowledge Alliance Human Resources and Organizational Development was launched with 11 partners from Germany, Poland, Latvia and Finland.

The results of the project to date already show clearly that SMEs can increase innovation, competitiveness and productivity through Human Resources and Organizational Development without large additional costs. In order to exploit these reserves, best practices are now identified, transferred and implemented and specific vocational training and consultancy programs for SMEs are developed and implemented as part of the project. To that end a train the trainer seminar conducted by our project partner “Arbeit und Zukunft e.V.” took place in Riga in October. The participants learned about effective consultation methods for SMEs in the field of HR and Workplace Innovations and gained insights from local entrepreneurs on the topic. A Bachelor’s program will also be developed that is specifically geared to the conditions in SMEs, training young entrepreneurs and managers who have comprehensive knowledge of the promotion of human resources.