Valka – Valga: two states – one city! Valka and Valga create unique territory in cross-border region of Latvia and Estonia where people cross the border on regular basis.
The objective of the project is to foster the confidence of job seekers and employers of the cross-border region in their ability to find a suitable job or employee, respectively. The objective will be achieved by promoting cross-border labour market integration and employment opportunities, by providing better access to and improving quality of information services, organising joint employment and training initiatives, and developing advisory services.
The project will help job seekers find information about cross-border job and training opportunities and receive guidance on working across border on one hand, and help employers find suitable employees and receive guidance on employing and upskilling them on the other hand. The project is aimed at removing obstacles to cross-border commuting, by implementing four inter-connected and complementary groups of activities:
- Streamlining the cross-border job-search and employee search processes, by translating information about available vacancies, providing guidance for cross-border job seekers and employers;
- Bringing together job seekers, employers and training providers during cross-border job fairs, thus promoting employment and upskilling of workforce and developing an active cross-border labour market;
- Facilitating employer networking in the cross-border region, thus promoting business activity in the cross-border region, conducting strategical research about business environment of cross-border area;
- Promoting employment support services available to cross-border commuters and employers (information days and workshops for job seekers and unemployed persons, informational newsletter for citizens, language courses, support of mentor for employees), to increase the number of people benefitting from project activities, remove mental barriers and promote sustainable cross-border employment.
Photo from the archive of the Valka municipality council.