Vidzeme Planning Region with support from JAMK University of Applied Sciences are organising a parallel seminar on June 13, 2019 as a part of the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Gdansk.
Seminar addresses SMEs needs for Lifelong Learning to Transition towards Sustainable Business Models
Changing demographic patterns has a strong impact on socio-economic development in the Baltic Sea Region and these changes accelerate regional disparities. The smart specialization focused lifelong learning is a tool to tackle demographic and economic challenges (including the needs of circular and sharing economy).
The seminar aims to raise awareness of flexible lifelong learning pathways as a solution for building SMEs capacity for learning and change to boost transition to sustainable business models in the BSR countries.
The seminar addresses the need of the SMEs to build their ability to learn and change in the transforming markets. Many sectors have not yet embraced the potential of bioeconomy and circular economy, nor the fast-moving digital world, even though their clients may already be there. The pressure for change is rising with diversification of customer needs and with entry of new competition from global and unexpected origins. Capacity to learn is vital for renewal of business models and uptake of innovations in SMEs to pave the way to sustainable and inclusive economic development.
The seminar will be innovative and with added value, addressed topics:
innovative high-quality flexible adult learning pathways in smart specialization SMEs in BSR countries. Well-developed learning methods would provide significant support to the industries,
searching to cover the gap of competencies of the workforce.
This seminar focus includes lifelong learning for building SMEs capacity for learning and on change to boost transition to sustainable business models (covering relevant topics: business-driven approach to circular economy and demography and circularity).