From 7 to 10 June 2022, the Stride for Stride partners and their external experts met in Vestland (Norway) for a short study visit on Skills Intelligence Transmission. The study visit was jointly organised by two public organisations from the region: Career Center at Vestland County Council and Hardanger Council. Delegates from Brittany region (France, coordinator of the project), the Basque Country (Spain), Catalonia (Spain), Tuscany (Italy) and Varaždin (Croatia) and EARLALL were present in this exchange of practices.
The Study visit was the second of a series of four learning and training activities which aim to analyse from a practical regional point of view the skills governance process. The first exchange took place virtually in June 2021 because of the COVID 19 pandemic and was organised by Tuscany region and IRPET (Regional Economic Planning Institute of Tuscany).
On 8 June 2022, in the morning, the group was welcomed in Bergen, at Vestland career center. Olivier Gaudin, Director for employment and training at Brittany region and project coordinator opened the meeting. Then, Aida Cisic-Dizdar, head of Vestland career center presented the work of the department. She was followed by Lise Simensen, CEO of CXS Nordic AS, a human resource service, which delivers InFlow24, a web-based service that combines professional content for managers and human resources. InFlow24 is a strategic HR-tool for mapping skills. Another example: Green region Vestland, was presented by Lasse Anker Hansen, Senior Advisor at Vestland County. The project, aligned on regional Smart specialisation strategies and the green deal, aims at developing green hubs through industrial symbioses in Vestland.
Partners and external experts travel to Hardanger in the afternoon. In the evening, each project partner presented the work they are conducting on skills intelligence transmission in their respective organisations.
On 9 June 2022, the group visited Boliden, a high-tech metal company, and national industry leader in the field of sustainable metal production which goes from its deposit to recycling metals. In the afternoon, partners and external experts had the opportunity to meet with regional stakeholders working on the link between schools and businesses and with stakeholders that aims to strengthen the development of the tourism sector in the region. The YESpecialists – Young entrepreneurial Spirit Specialists project was presented by a teacher of the Odda upper secondary school and her students. After that, the group visited a cider factory and learnt more about the local production.
During these days, participants had the opportunity to learn more about skills needs and development in the region. The next learning and training activity on assessing and adaptation of skills will take place in Rennes (Brittany region) at the beginning of November.