Master BSR

Common Vocational Training to Master in the Baltic Sea Region / Master BSR

PROGRAMME Erasmus + Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, National Agency: BIBB, Duration 01-09-2015 – 31.08.2018

In all the Baltic Sea Region countries there is a great shortage of entrepreneurs and managers, thus substantially limiting the growth of SMEs. Moreover, the innovation capacity of SMEs is lower than it is both possible and desirable. Due to demographic reasons, this shortage will even increase significantly in the future. To the high demand for entrepreneurs, at least an equally high demand for managers exists who, in addition to solid professional and technical qualifications, can offer leadership and managerial skills. SMEs in countries with predominantly school-based vocational training are also in need of professionals with educational and trainer qualifications to accomplish the training within the company, when applying the dual vocational training model.

However, the master craftsman training (German: Meisterqualifikation) is widely different in the Baltic Sea Region countries, showing varying levels of quality.

The project is aimed to train company successors, entrepreneurs and managers in the Baltic Sea Region, based on a relatively high level master qualification system. Another aim is to increase the efficiency and the competitiveness of SMEs by promoting the realization of the dual vocational training.

On the basis of the German master craftsman training and the experience of further Baltic Sea Region countries, a concept for unified master training for the entire Baltic Sea Region is developed. Piloting of the master’s education is planned in several project partner countries.

The project is carried out by:

– Hanse Parlament (Lead Partner), Germany
– Dresden Chamber of Crafts (HWK Dresden), Germany
– International Business College (IBC), Denmark
– Nordic Forum of Crafts (NFC), Norway
– District Guild of Crafts Small and Medium Enterprises – Employers in Wejherowo (KHW), Poland
– Gdańsk University of Technology (GUT), Poland
– Public Institution Vilnius Builder Training centre (VSRC), Lithuania
– Latvian Chamber of Crafts (HWK Riga), Latvia

Transfer partners are 50 chambers and 18 universities/colleges of 13 countries

More information can be found at the project website:

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Main products for everyone’s use: 

      – Results of analyses of economic and demographic development, educational and labour markets and also analyses of educational systems with a synoptic evaluation of advantages and disadvantages as well as development and reform needs of the Baltic Sea Region countries
      – Analysis of existing master craftsman trainings and preparation of concepts, curricula etc. from Germany, Denmark and Norway
      – Report on qualification needs and conditions in the participating countries for the master craftsman training
      – Concept for the common vocational training to master in the Baltic Sea Region.
      – Curricula and learning materials for the master craftsman training
      – Evaluation concepts
      – Concept and materials for the Train-the-Trainer course
      – Examination regulations, assessment and recognition of the qualiication gained through the master craftsmen training
      – Master School in Latvia