Project title: 

Boosting Business Integration through joint VET – Interregional vocational education and training in the Baltic Sea Region


Project period:

2016 -2018 (project extension intended)


Funded by:  




Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)


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Objectives and target groups:

The project “BBVET – Boosting business integration through joint VET” is defined as a transnational research and development project increasing the internationalisation of vocational education and training (VET) in the Baltic Sea Region. The project is funded by the INTERREG South Baltic Programme and embedded in the EU STRATEGY FOR THE BALTIC SEA REGION (EUSBSR). The project focuses the South Baltic Region including the countries Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden.

In recent years, various projects and interregional cooperation in economy, policy, education and science led to a revitalised joint education and labour market in the South Baltic Region. Thus, the increasing mobility of potential internationally active professionals requires a rethink regarding existing qualification structures at all education levels as well as the distribution of knowledge concerning current education and labour market trends in the regions of the Baltic Sea.

Based on successfully implemented model projects regarding interregional VET in the Baltic Sea Region the project BBVET strives for development and piloting internationally recognised and ECVET certificated educational programmes within the sectors “Green Media” and “Blue Mechatronics”. This offer intends to increase the mobility of South Baltic professionals, primarily focusing VET apprentices as participants of the project, to promote entrepreneurial thinking and acting within the framework of international networks and to develop a “global occupational competence”.

But not only the participants of the VET programmes are benefiting from the project. All institutions contributed to initial and continuing vocational education and training, in particular companies, VET schools and involved VET service providers, are invited to develop and sharpen their international profiles by means of synergetic networking. In times of globalisation, digitalisation and collaboration, the internationalisation of VET should not remain a discussion of possibilities, but rather become a necessity being successful in long term – in regional, national as well as international contexts.


VET schools are capable to deepen international dimensions at all levels of school development by transforming the schools into “internationally learning and cross-linked schools”, considering VET school teachers as “multi-professional, intercultural expert teams” with the ability to use efficiently the potentials and intensifying VET curricula regarding international issues and discussions as well as teaching and learning arrangements.

The companies are profiting from the project in three different ways: Firstly, their VET students develop by means of the international VET programmes knowledge, qualifications and skills to successfully act on behalf of the company in international economic and working contexts. Secondly, the VET apprentices appear as “ambassadors of the company” during their participation in modules abroad. Thus, they actively support the initiation of business relations and cooperation. Thirdly, in-company trainers receive further training how to support VET students as workplace tutors during international activities.

VET service providers, as one of the three key learning venues of initial or continuing vocational education and training, play also an important role within the project. Here, the focus has been set especially on current primarily school-based VET programmes that include practical parts. This adaptation leads to an organisation development towards an internationally active provider in the field of interregional VET services and programmes. Trainers of VET service providers, which are decisive for the internationalisation processes, are enabled to expand their international occupational competence.


With regard to the economy, companies involved in “Green Media” and “Blue Mechatronics”, as well as education companies that serve the demand of VET in these sectors profit from the project with respect to their internationalisation strategy.

Additionally, the policy, especially decision makers with expertise in the fields of education, economics and labour market benefit from the project. They receive practise-proven decision-making tools to achieve internationally recognised validation of VET qualification on the basis of ECVET-criteria. The development of increasingly internationalised qualification and professionalisation structures for VET school teachers, in-company trainers and trainers of VET service providers should be achieved. Also, the efficient initiation and realisation of economic cooperation, as well as the mobility and integration of skilled workers/professionals in the interregional labour markets are policy-related benefits.

In addition to that, science is receiving great benefit within the project. The main fields of research are: international comparative educational and labour market research; intercultural pedagogy (inter alia permeability between education systems, international strategies regarding skilled workers and networking/ cooperation); qualification and professionalisation of VET teaching and instruction personnel; as well as regional development, focusing the European macro-region BSR.


Expected results (selection):

  • Development, pilot testing and evaluation of modularised interregional VET programmes in the South Baltic Region, focusing on initial VET with having regard to continuing VET structures in the economic sectors “Green Media” and “Blue Mechatronics” > module descriptions, framework curricula, regulations
  • Development, pilot testing and evaluation of validation procedures and instruments on the basis of ECVET-criteria > manuals/ guidelines/ check lists to facilitate individual and general recognition of formal, non-formal and informal acquired competences
  • Development, pilot testing and evaluation of interregional training modules to achieve an international qualification and professionalisation of VET educators > module descriptions, framework curricula, regulations
  • Development of internationalisation strategies and structures for VET institutions > manuals/ guidelines/ check lists to enable internationalised organisation development for VET schools, companies and VET service providers
  • Development and establishment of institutionalised expertise and network structures to strengthen, support and organise professional/ occupational mobility processes for target groups involved in VET, in particular students in initial VET, participants in continuing VET, as well as VET educators > regional mobility agencies in interregional cooperation structures to anchor mobility processes institutionally
  • Development and establishment of economic cooperation in the various fields of VET > manuals/ guidelines/ check lists to initiate and stabilise international collaboration of companies in the South Baltic Region
  • Support and consulting in regard to education affecting systemic and political developments in the field of internationalised VET in the Baltic Sea Region > „State of the art reports“ as basis of discussion and decision-making tools for political stakeholders, especially EU, EUSBSR, Policy Area Education, Baltic Development Forum, national and regional education policy in respect of EU-policy focusing on the work in the Baltic Sea Region
  • Development, realisation and evaluation of mixed-method research designs as research processes that interlink quantitative and qualitative research methods of empirical social research > application orientated research reports and studies, posters, conference papers, scientific and non-academic publications
  • Dissemination of project results concerning interdisciplinary or disciplinary expanding and macro-regional/ EU-wide sustainability > manuals/ guidelines/ check lists to continue macro-regional collaboration in the various fields of VET in the Baltic Sea Region




Associated partners - Germany:


If you have any questions regarding the project please send an email to or just call our project team!



Prof. Dr. Andreas Diettrich

Phone: ++49 381 498 4560

Fax: ++49 381 498 4562


Diplom-Handelslehrer Martin French

National Project Management Germany

Phone: ++49 381 498 4557

Fax: ++49 381 498 4562


Franka Marie Becker, M.A.

National Project Management Germany

Phone: ++49 381 498 4556

Fax: ++49 381 498 4562


Luise Eichenmüller, B.A.

Project Assistant

Phone: ++49 381 498 -4556 or -4557

Fax: ++49 381 498 4562