The growth companies operating in Kymenlaakso region in the field of defined RIS3 spearheads have highlighted the non-availability of skilled labor to be an obstacle for the growth. According to the Statistics Finland 23% of the companies in South-East Finland have recruitment problems. “Competitiveness of the Regions 2016″ report published by The Central Chamber of Commerce entitled that 44% of the surveyed companies in the Kymenlaakso region reported difficulties in finding labor. Difficulties with the supply of labour have also come to the fore in different parts of

the country. Some 128,000 of the 133,000 new jobs created in the last ten years have been in companies employing fewer than 10 people, so the role of Small and Medium Sized Companies as employers in Finland is highly relevant and thus all possible acts should be taken in order to insure the availability of skilled labour for those companies.

KYMIEXACT project measures will be focused in particular in RIS3 lines of business in Kymenlaakso region. The results of this project, however, will benefit all other business lines in the region, too. The KYMIEXACT model and related mechanisms will be unique from the point of view of national as well as EU perspective as it provides agile and flexible models for producing learning paths for the immediate needs of skilled labour. With KYMIEXACT model, we are not talking about learning-paths that are built from one school level to another. KYMIEXACT is about building competence development solutions and personalized learning paths based on the actual request and needs of local businesses. KYMIEXACT will require co-operation between all parties and organisations involved with adult education in the region.

Construction of agile KYMIEXACT –learning paths can be based either on learner based or company based interests and needs of expertise. KYMIEXACT will be enabling flexible and modular learning paths created via cooperation between all edu- actors in the region. The project will create new models of collaboration and enable the creation of –KYMIEXACT-training models related to smart specialization to benefit the business needs within Kymenlaakso region. The above-mentioned

also involves the channeling of funding to enable the provision of flexible learning paths and overcoming financial questions. KYMIEXACT steering committee will be joined with representatives from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Economic Affairs And Employment and the local ELY Centre. The project calls for development of various new service models such as discussing “the new roles of libraries” and studying those cases where new good practices have been created in Finland and in other European regions. As crosscutting themes within the entire work package, KYMIEXACT project utilizes a wide range of participatory approaches and tools in creating:

  • Close encounters and participatory web tools to support co-creational development
  • Actions carried out via multidisciplinary approach
  • International perspective
  • Measures for KYMIEXACT work packages

Many types of digital and co-working methods that will be used during KYMIEXACT project will increase the area’s vitality and discussion around important themes related to increasing of human capital in the region.

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Project Manager Tiina Kirvesniemi

+358 44 702 8976


KYMIEXACT –Skilled Labour for the Immediate Needs of Business in Kymenlaakso Region –Developing Agile Training Paths and Edu-Models

01.05.2017 - 31.12.2019


Administrator: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Xamk

Partial implementers: Kouvola Region Vocational College (KSAO), Etelä-Kymenlaakso Vocational College (Ekami)

Fields of expertise: Creative Industries


Total budget: 496 765 €

XAMK part of the total budget: 342 910 €

Financiers and main source of funding: Häme Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY-Centre), European Social Fund (ESF) -funding

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