Launched in October 2009, the “Baltic Training Programme” (BTP) supports internationalisation of vocational education and training (VET) as well as cross-border entrepreneurship. The area of operations is Estonia, Latvia and the Eastern part of Sweden (see the map at page XX). BTP will be finalised in May 2012.
BTP is divided into two parts.
– Firstly a testing model, where students at VET and their co-operation project ideas are matched with host-companies in another country. To start with the students participate in a one week preparatory education followed by three weeks internship abroad at the host-companies. Both parties, students and companies are offered coaching in order to support the development of joint co-operation projects.
– Secondly BTP will organise seven stakeholder seminars for target groups such as providers of VET, companies, politicians and civil servants involved in VET. The seminars will discuss relevant topics in order to identify needed actions in order to support internationalisation of VET and cross-border entrepreneurship in the Central Baltic region.
The Programme is mainly financed by the Central Baltic INTERREG IV A Programme 2007-2013 with important contributions from the Stockholm County Administration and the four partners operating the Programme namely the Norden Association and Frans Schartau Business Institute (City of Stockholm) in Sweden, Narva Vocational Training Centre in Estonia and the Vidzeme Planning Region in Latvia.