DENMARK StarForce - (Strong Talents Ready for Cross-Border Education)
Updated: May 9
Starforce is an Interreg Va project that unites all relevant educational stakeholders in a strategic cooperation.
The project aims at improving the opportunities for e.g. VET education focusing on:
Enhancing mobilities in cross-border VET programs
Develop VET- models to give a double degree and access to the Danish and German labour market
Raise the attractiveness of VET in the border region
EUC Syd, Denmark
What problem or issue has the innovative practice aimed to tackle?
3-4 years ago, there was a lack of apprenticeships in Denmark and a lack of apprentices in the northern part of Germany.
Schleswig is in the southern part of Denmark and the northern part of Germany and the project also aims to keep young people in this region for education and later work.
All research showed a high demand for a skilled workforce in the nearest future which seemed to be difficult to reach in the current situation
The former Minister of Education in Denmark suggested that the Danish students could go to Germany for an apprenticeship. and the project aimed to show how that could be done with a double degree.
What have been the achievements?
Development of models to achieve a double degree in: e.g. chefs, IT, industrial electrician and business and retail trades
Increasing use of the Danish PIU program to support Danish apprentices abroad
Models for acknowledging exams on both sides
Closer cooperation on the management levels of the involved VET-colleges
Closer cross-border cooperation between teachers
Acknowledgement and approval of the models by all social partners
Increasing the knowledge about possibilities in Northern Germany for EUC Syd students
Finding solutions and models on how to e.g. acknowledge the differences in the two educational systems
Who was involved?
IHK Flensburg was the leading partner:
They are overall responsible for apprentices and company training in their region. They are also responsible for all exams for the apprentices.
IBC and EUC Syd VET colleges
Developing educational models
Finding students to go abroad
Supporting German students to come to Denmark
Working with companies in Germany
Region South Denmark
Financial support and regional perspective on the workforce issue in the project
Tietgen - University college
On-going education to support LLL
German VET and business colleges
Same as IBC and EUC Syd