Welcome to join this network supporting the development of a common area for vocational education and training (VET) in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The countries in the region are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden

The network is open for VET providers; schools and institutions offering I-VET or C-VET (upper secondary or post secondary educations). Furthermore companies are welcome as members. Companies offering in company training for VET students, taking interns or offering vocational education. Through hosting an intern from another country you have the chance to get to know a new market and find help in your internationalisation towards this market.

Welcome with your questions to Anastasiia Klonova at You can also send in a registration form here.

What´s in our toolbox for you?

The network offers a toolbox of support such as manuals for using the HansaVET-model for journeyman travelling, best practice in using ECVET and information on the BSR countries such as business intelligence. Your membership is for free.

VET in the Baltic Sea Region

The global economy is a reality. The educational systems need to prepare our citizens for the global economy, for a life where international relations, professional as well as private are more a rule rather than an exception.

Numbers of graduates from VET educations are increasing. They need to be prepared for an international labour market as well as for own business activities with partners abroad. VET providers in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) supply graduates predominantly for local or at maximum national market. The demand and supply on the labour is balanced to varying degrees, and the degrees of coordination of demand-supply on the training market between the schools and the business communities differ, too.

Due to on-the-job training components – varying in length and scope – that the VET students get access to businesses. An on-the-job practice that is limited in scope, e.g. apprenticeship in carpentry, is an invaluable resource for making a good carpenter (good vocational effect). However, the limited scope does not allow the apprentices to acquire or train the skills that could widen their horizons and make them see new opportunities to gear up their vocation, e.g. by an own start-up or by going abroad for a job. In consequence of limiting on-the-job practice to only vocational components the students remain “local” in their mindsets. This makes their participation in the common market next to impossible (insufficient developmental and market effects).

The project HansaECVET,, contributes to the market integration in the Baltic Sea Region. By vocational and business mobility, VET students equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, access a much wider range of workplaces. This leads to new (often cross-border) start-ups, deeper value chain integration and people-to-people contacts.

Being a source of vocational education, VET providers are becoming increasingly important in assisting the students in accessing the widening markets. By doing so they also strengthen connections between VET and business communities, an espoused aim in every country of the region.

HansaECVET is the 6th in a group of projects contributing, in different ways and in different geographical areas, to a new start for a closer cooperation within BSR, for both VET providers and companies. In this project ECVET will be tested in practice in a test model with 16 VET providers and 16 host-companies from the 8 EU countries in BSR. The test model is built on results of 3 INTERREG projects and 1 LdV TOI and 1 ESF project. The partnership covers competences in both upper secondary as well as post secondary VET and in 3 geographical areas of the BSR; Hamburg, Stockholm and Lapland (Finland). All partners are or have been involved in the other 5 projects.

Both HansaECVET and the Baltic Network for Vocational Training are boosting the economic growth in line with the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region (EUSBSR).