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Industry Clusters

 

In Lapland, there are ten industry clusters in the central and developing fields of business:

  • Road haulage
  • Energy
  • Well-being
  • Mining
  • Industry
  • Business Economics
  • Natural Resources
  • Tourism
  • Construction
  • Creative Industries

The ten Industry Clusters aim to form insight about the present state and development outlooks of their sectors, and about their future in Lapland. They also discuss employment prospects and future fields of expertise. The clusters set out to forecast the labour force, education and training needs of businesses and other employers, and the preconditions for successful business operations. In the clusters' operations, key importance is on business representatives' insight into their respective fields, into the availability of labour force and into the development measures needed. Cluster operations also support expertise in different sectors, improve co-operation between businesses, regional authorities and education providers and improve information exchange. The cluster activities bring the needs of business into the development of the region as a whole.

The industry's current state and the view of the industry's future are discussed in the cluster meetings twice a year. Communication between industries, education providers and regional authorities is very open. The representatives give their evaluation of what skills the employers require from employees and what kind of experts the industry will need in the future. The requirements and needs are taken into account and utilized in educational program planning. The clusters follow both quantitative and qualitative data and discuss what measures should be carried out from the view of education, employment and industries. Yet the main focus is on active participation and changing information and ideas.

The chair of the cluster is a representative of business, and the secretary is a representative of the education providers. The clusters meet regularly, 1 to 3 times a year. Discussions between cluster chairs and cross-assessment of the clusters will take place in chairs' meetings twice a year.

The tasks of the clusters are the following:

  • Producing an expert view to serve as a basis for planning and measures (e.g. planning of education and regional planning).
  • Raising emphases, problem spots and required measures related to the fields involved.
  • Planning, launching and organising concrete measures in order to meet the businesses' and employers' needs; monitoring the implementation of these measures.