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 www.inbets.eu 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 www.inbets.eu 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: http://icc4vet.eu/

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:
http://www.bachelor-meister.eu/.

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.

In February 2019 the project Management and Technologies of Water, Waste Water, Waste and Circular Economy with 11 partners from Germany, Norway, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Austria and Hungary started its work. A total of 16 educational programmes are being developed, tested, evaluated and implemented for vocational education and training as well as for Bachelor’s degree programmes.

Furthermore, a Train the Trainer programme will enable teachers from educational institutions to use the educational measures developed in the project independently in the future. A first Train the Trainer seminar will take place on 8 and 9 June 2020 in Brussels.

If you would like to participate free of charge and with reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses, please contact Elina Priedulena at epriedulena@hanse-parlament.eu in good time before the event to coordinate details.

From 19 to 20 November Hanse Parlament visited the beautiful little town of Vorumaa in Estonia to participate in the kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ ExcellWBL project.

ExcellWBL stands for Baltic Examples of Excellence in WBL: Tutors, Companies, Networks. Hanse Parlament’s member Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the initiator and leader of the two-years project, in which we are going to

  • identify and collect examples and experiences of outstanding workplace tutors, motivated companies, effective cooperation mechanisms in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania;
  • boost the reputation and attractiveness of work-based learning (WBL) through praising, awarding, advertising persons, organisations and approaches which can serve as role models;
  • produce material of examples which can be used int raining WBL tutors from companies and VET schools and in training of VET managers;
  • promote partnerships between VET schools and enterprises in the Baltic Sea region

In the project we produce a collection of national Examples of Excellence in WBL: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania (in Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian).

From this collection we select examples of WBL excellence, which are then published in English in a case book “Selected Examples of Excellence in Baltic WBL”.

In addition, we are going to develop and test a training programme “Promoting Baltic WBL through Examples, Cases and Peer Learning” for Vocational Education and Training. The test will be organised in Hamburg, with participation of teachers and trainers from Baltic states.     

All project results will be presented and discussed at a conference in Hamburg in 2021 which will of course be freely available to all interested parties.

The project consortium is composed as follows:

Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Lead Partner), Latvia

Baltic Bright, Training and Consulting center, Latvia

Võrumaa Vocational Education Center, Estonia

Vocational Education Association, Latvia

Hanse-Parlament e. V., Germany

We are looking forward to an exciting time and experiences!

BaltSe@nioR 2.0 – Innovative solutions to support BSR in providing more senior-friendly spaces due to increased capacity of BSR companies and public institutions is unifying various actors (municipalities, universities, businesses, NGOs) representing all 8 BSR countries and Russia to work together to help the Region to cope with the aging challenge by providing more senior-friendly public spaces.

Modern public spaces should reduce ageism and be friendly to all. Nevertheless, when public space is considered economy is the biggest obstacle. Knowing BSR is furniture powerhouse of the EU, generates though enormous possibilities. With new guidelines on senior-friendly, smart public procurement we will open up discussion for the necessity to consider safety and aging-friendly requirements while producing and buying furniture for public spaces. We will promote intergenerational respect, universal design and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

​BaltSe@nioR 2.0 builds on the positive results gained from BaltSe@nioR 1.0. By focusing not only on companies, designers and researchers, but also on municipalities, providers and owners of public spaces we can ensure greater collaboration across the value chain to accommodate seniors needs regarding furniture. 

The Poznan University of Life Sciences continues its role as Lead Partner. Hanse Parlament is pleased to be part of this exciting project. The project runs until 30.06.2021.

BaltSe@nior Virtual Library

Photo: Screenshot of the Project BaltSe@nioR website

BaltSe@nior Virtual Library is the one place to go for information when developing furniture solutions for seniors.

The Virtual Library is a transnational BSR platform online that hides a lot of research data, tools and methods that any interested party can use and share for free. And not only!

The virtual library is for knowledge sharing and information exchange for furniture manufacturers, designers, students, practitioners, researchers.

When registering you can check relevant information to promote development of furniture that better meet the needs of seniors due to being based on facts and research data from the whole region.

The Virtual Library has been already growing for last three years and it is further continued in the BaltSe@nioR 2.0.

The project is co-financed by INTERREG VB programme. To the library go this way: https://baltsenior.com/