The objective of the project was 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. It was achieved by promoting cross-border labour market integration and employment opportunities, by providing better access to and improving quality of information services, organizing joint employment and training initiatives, and developing advisory services.
The project helped job seekers find information about cross-border job and training opportunities and receive guidance on working across the border on one hand and help employers find suitable employees and receive guidance on employing and upskilling them on the other hand. The project 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 the workforce and developing an active cross-border labour market;
- Facilitating employer's networking in the cross-border region, thus promoting business activity in the cross-border region, conducting strategical research about the business environment of the cross-border area;
- Promoting employment support services available to cross-border commuters and employers (information days and workshops for job seekers and unemployed persons, informative newsletter for citizens, language courses, support of a mentor for employees), to increase the number of people benefitting from project activities, remove mental barriers and promote sustainable cross-border employment.
Project partners carried out strategical research about the business environment of the cross-border area and following activities of cross-border labour market promotion:
- Liivimaa job fairs (4) with altogether 1100 participants,
- Business Breakfast for employers (8) with the participation of 160 entrepreneurs,
- Sports days (4) with 159 participants,
- Study trips (4) with 40 participants,
- The informational newsletter for citizens (8),
- Information days and workshops for job seekers and unemployed persons (8 workshops and 4 information days) that altogether gathered 288 participants,
- Mentoring for 31 employees.
As a reached added value of the project is all partners’ common work for the project aim to create a wider circle of employers and stakeholders of Valka-Valga cross-border region.
Photo from the archive of the Valka municipality council.