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Cooperation in education between Sweden, Finland and Norway renewed
A new agreement was signed today between Sweden, Finland and Norway concerning the Arctic Vocational Foundation. The Foundation, which has its headquarters in Övertorneå, was established in 1991 and arranges vocational courses for participants from the three countries.
“Utbildning Nord has a long tradition of offering vocational courses to participants from Finland, Norway and Sweden. We value this unique cooperation, which creates conditions for increased mobility across borders,” says Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson.
The current agreement between Sweden, Finland and Norway will expire on 31 December 2015. The new agreement will apply during the period 2016–2019 and was signed today at the Ministry of Finance in Stockholm by Ms Ylva Johansson, Finland’s Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen and Norway’s Ambassador Kai Eide.
Evaluations of the Foundation’s activities show that the educational programmes maintain good quality and competitiveness. At the same time, some areas for development emerge, for instance, concerning the Foundation’s work with industry councils. Therefore, the new agreement gives clearer instructions to the Foundation to develop strategic cooperation with different key actors, including industry councils. In addition, the agreement emphasises the importance of basing the range of educational programmes on collected labour market analyses and forecasts from the countries. The new agreement also emphasises work on validation measures in the form of occupational skills assessments. Validation is essential for enabling newly arrived immigrants with occupational skills from abroad to quickly establish themselves in the labour market.