What are we trying to accomplish?
Through intensive, targeted promotion of human resources, strengthening of innovation and competitiveness of SMEs in the Baltic Sea Region
- Create strong cooperation between SMEs and universities focusing on
- the development, testing, and implementation of SME-specific methods and projects through R&D work at universities
- strengthening awareness and competences in this new area of innovation promotion for SMEs through trainings
- Knowledge Alliance & Center of Competence “HR for SME”, which is formed by vocational training institutions, economic chambers and universities
- Train the Trainer program
- 3 further vocational training courses
- Dual bachelor study course
Why do we need this project?
- Key resource of the European economy to strengthen innovation and productivity: its human capital (i.e. knowledge, skills and motivation of staff)
- For SMEs to remain competitive in the long term, it is necessary to increase their innovation capacity
- Especially small and micro enterprises don’t put enough emphasis on strategic human resource management and workplace innovations (because of lack of resources and knowledge)
- Little cooperation between educational institutions and companies -> skills gap
- Due to shortage of skilled workers it becomes ever more important to attract and retain personnel
- There is great need for further development in this area in the countries south of the Baltic Sea, Workplace Innovations are already more advanced in the Scandinavian countries