The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 finances result orientated cross-border cooperation projects in Estonia, Finland (incl Åland), Latvia and Sweden

4.2. More aligned vocational education and training programmes in the Central Baltic region

The financed projects under

Priority 4. Skilled and socially inclusive region
Specific Objective 4.2. More aligned vocational education and training programmes in the Central Baltic region

The Developer of Digital Health and Welfare Services

The project DeDiWe aims at developing digital health and welfare services by creating a new curriculum. The curriculum is built on an e-learning platform to support professionals to live and work in a digital society and to offer citizens easy accessible e-Health services.

The project pilots the new curriculum in Finnish, Estonian and Latvian vocational education programmes. The new curriculum promotes multi-professional studying with the “Learning by Developing” pedagogical model, which gives students opportunities to learn together in real working life. The studies take place mostly on an e-learning platform, combined with cross-border co-creation and cooperation. In the next phase, the curriculum can be spread to all 27 health, social and IT study programmes and 5750 students in partner schools. It can also be spread to the 30 VET/UASs in partner countries and possibly wider in the Central Baltic region and the EU.

As a result of the project not only a new curriculum is created but also students have a possibility to implement development projects that are useful for the citizens. The core curriculum is the same for all students, which allows for a variety of professionals to work together. Each partner has its own set of students, but they work on the same e-learning environment. All in all, the project enhances Central Baltic business ecosystem development and creates better opportunities for public-private partnership, therefore supporting eHealth companies.
Lead partner:
Laurea University of Applied Sciences Ltd, Vantaa, Finland
Project partners:

Arcada University of Applied Sciences Ltd, Helsinki, Finland
Red Cross Medical College of Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia
Tartu Health Care College, Tartu, Estonia
Associated partners:
Hospital District of Helsinki an Uusimaa, Lohja Hospital Area, Lohja, Finland
East-Tallinn Central Hospital, Tallinn, Estonia
State Emergency Medical Service, Riga, Latvia
City of Helsinki Department of Social Services and Health Care, Helsinki, Finland

ICT Security in VET

The project ITSVET aims at developing a model for providing ICT security skills on the vocational education level. Reports show that demand for ICT security professionals has grown faster over the past five years than demand for other ICT jobs. Thus, the objective of the project is to meet the needs of the region’s employers through developing a VET model for the ICT security specialists to reduce the skill gap of the labour market in the Central Baltic region. The consortium brings together ICT employers, vocational education institutions and vocational education regulatory bodies.

In practice the project performs a research to identify the needed competences for ICT security specialists in the Central Baltic labour market. Based on the results the project develops a new curriculum for vocational education schools in Estonia, Latvia and Finland. To make this a ready-to-go model, learning materials and a teacher’s guide will be developed and the future teachers of this curriculum will be trained. All three participating vocational schools will run a pilot of the developed curriculum in their school.

Developing a joint curriculum will lead to further integration of the Central Baltic region labour market due to enhanced mobility of students and employees as well as raised awareness about the developed curriculum.
Lead partner:
The Technology Education Support Foundation, Tallinn, Estonia
Project partners:

BCS Koolitus AS, Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn Polytechnic School, Tallinn, Estonia
Riga Technical College, Riga, Latvia
Helsinki Business College, Helsinki, Finland
The Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association, Riga, Latvia
Foundation Innove, Tallinn, Estonia
Associated partners:
Estonian Qualifications Authority, Tallinn, Estonia
Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Tallinn, Estonia

Curriculum alignment and cross-border cooperation with SMEs

The project EDU-SMEs aims at developing a better matching between the graduates’ competencies and companies’ needs in the Central Baltic region. The project idea lies in aligning partner institutions’ curricula in business management and entrepreneurship.

In practice new knowledge and pedagogical approaches are integrated in the existing curricula and students will gain new competencies especially in the field of internationalization of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). The project main activities help to integrate classroom learning and practice in the workplace by strengthening cooperation between vocational education training institutions and SMEs through real-life assignments. The project also supports individual SMEs in their internationalization through cross-border activities that link SMEs with faculty and students in their target markets. The activities include a jointly developed and delivered e-learning course on internationalization of SMEs.

As a result of the project the curricula in business management and entrepreneurships are aligned and cross-border cooperation with SMEs is expected to increase. The project will also produce useful materials and support for other vocational education and training programmes and SMEs in the region.
Lead partner:
Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland
Project partners:

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia
Estonian Entrepreneurshp UAS, Tallinn, Estonia
TTK University of Applied Sciences, Tallinn, Estonia
Valmiera Business and Innovation Incubator, Valmiera, Latvia

Safety and Hygiene - safer environment

The project SAFHY aims at developing labour skills of cleaning service and health care services in Estonia and Finland by aligning curricula and training material both for vocational education as well as the labour market. The project promotes learning and professional skills in these two sectors to reduce hygiene risks and infections while increasing safer environments in health care and cleaning services.

Health care and hygienic cleaning together is one of the highest topic in the whole world and its importance is increasing because of Ebola-type infections. The project promotes using digital network solutions for developing skills and avoiding global diffusion of these diseases. In practice the project improves two curricula and training methods for vocational education. The project also designs and implements pilot education to health care and cleaning services by using digital learning platform. 

As a result of the project aligns and enriches two curricula and produces cross-border multilingual digital learning material for students both in cleaning services and health care. Digital learning material improves students’ skills considering hygiene and safer work environments as well as language skills. It also improves their competencies to enter the profession of their choice. Digital Learning material gives multilingual support for learners and teachers and even more for working leaders and workers. Development of working and language skills and also those better matching working opportunities have strong impact on increasing social inclusion.
Lead partner:
Keuda Group, Järvenpää, Finland
Project partners:

Co-operative Digital Robot, Kouvola, Finland
OÜ Puhastusekspert, Väike-Maarja, Estonia
Tartu Health Care College, Tartu, Estonia
Järva County Vocational Training Centre, Paide, Estonia
Associated partners:
Mestaritoiminta Oy Järvenpää City, Järvenpää, Finland
SOL Services, Helsinki, Finland
Nurmijärvi municipality, Nurmijärvi, Finland
Järvenpää Municipality, Järvenpää, Finland
Tartu University Hospital, Tartu, Estonia
Järva County Hospital, Paide, Estonia

Harmonised and Modernised Multidisciplinary Railway Education

The project EDU-RAIL aims at reducing fragmentation of railway engineering, transport and logistics vocational education and training programmes in the region. By harmonising and modernising railway education through jointly developed regional specialisation modules the project contributes to the development and further integration of the Central Baltic labour market.

In practice the project jointly develops aligned specialisation modules that take into account the needs of the regional labour market, including shared challenges of further integration with European railway system and joint regional aspects. The harmonised and modernised specialisation modules allow the railway institutions to better educate specialists for the regional employers’ needs and demands in order to enable smooth cross-border rail transportation within the common transport area.

As a result of the project five multipurpose specialisation modules are designed for full-time students and for in-service training programmes. The project contributes to reducing fragmentation of railway education in the region by harmonising railway engineering, transport and logistics programmes. Cross-border cooperation enables the educational institutions to achieve the necessary methodological strength to solve together regional challenges and to raise the quality of railway vocational education and training programmes. 
Lead partner:
TTK University of Applied Sciences, Tallinn, Estonia
Project partners:

KRAO, Kouvola, Finland
Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Riga, Latvia
Häme University of Applied Sciences, Hämeenlinna, Finland
Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia