The majority of enterprises in border areas produce for domestic market. Cross-border links between companies are underdeveloped although there are several road and railway connections in the project territory. The main reason for underdevelopment of cross-border trade is the lack of skilled workforce (“blue collar” labour) in the companies that otherwise would be able to enhance cross-border and international transport and logistics, freight forwarding, customer servicing and thus tighten cross-border economy links.
There exist vocational schools training transport and logistics in border areas. Still, companies employing vocational school graduates are often dissatisfied with the cross-border and international logistics and freight-forwarding skills of their employees.
In order to make maximum use of the existing cross-border trade potential, it is most necessary to improve training in the sphere of cross-border and international transport, freight-forwarding and logistics. The relevant curricula and training programmes should be updated, trainers need additional skills in the cross-border and international aspects of their subject, simulation, modelling and special IT programmes should be used more widely in the training process.
It is also important to create and stimulate connections and networks between the business communities, local/regional authorities and educational/research institutions.
Foster socio-economic development through the development of labour market potential with special focus to cooperation between research and educational institutions and businesses in order to raise the quality of workforce human resources.
- Update and synchronize the existing vocational school curricula and training programmes
- Raise the level of competence and skills of the teaching staff training young “blue collars” transport and logistics
- Develop and widen the use of simulation, modelling and IT programmes in transport and logistics
- Create networks between the border area business communities, local/regional authorities and educational/research institutions in logistics and transport
- 3 seminars for relevant companies and local/regional authorities in the project area of all the 3 countries (150 participants)
- 2 promotion campaigns to get more students to study transport and logistics in vocational schools (including visits to 30 secondary schools, 4000 information leaflets, articles in newspapers and reflections in radio and TV)
- Project website (1000 visits)
- Participation in international / regional logistics and transport events in the area organised by the others with own information – stands (6 events)
- International forum “High qualified blue collars – a creative resource for modern cross-border logistics
- Access to available simulation, modelling and IT-based software generally used in transport and logistics for the target groups and wider auditoria
- Introduction of package laboratory IT-programme of Valga County Vocational Training Centre to the public
- Introduction of RFID programme of St Petersburg State University of Telecommunications adapted to the project partners’ needs
- Adaptation of railway costs calculation IT system of St Petersburg State Transport University to the project partners’ needs
- Curricula and training vocational programmes upgraded up to modern international standards and synchronized with those of university level to meet the demands of haulage and rail companies.