International seminar "Youth Training and Developing Skills in Creative Entrepreneurship"
On 6-8 September an international seminar "Youth Training and Development of Skills for Creative Entrepreneurship" was held in Narva (Estonia) within the framework of "Comunyouth" ("Fighting Youth Unemployment") project. The project is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and co-financed by project partners.
The seminar was attended by representatives of the Republic of Karelia, St. Petersburg, Leningrad region, as well as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland.
Alexander Yefimov, chairman of the Narva City Assembly and Nikolai Oskin, general director of the Karelian Resource Center for Non-Governmental Organizations, spoke with a welcoming speech at the seminar. After that, the work continued in three sessions: "Involving young people in entrepreneurship", "Creativity as entrepreneurship" and "From schools based on interests to profession and business".
At the first session, the project participants learned about activities being carried out with young people to attract them to work, and especially to engage them in entrepreneurial activities in Estonia and Finland.
Then creative industries were discussed: representatives of various organizations shared their experience of attracting workers of creative industries to doing business. To date, creative industries are developing in many countries, they create new exclusive goods, and also provide new jobs for creative people.
At the third session representatives of universities, employment centers and youth organizations from Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania talked about activities they are carrying out to attract young people to work and search for a profession and business.
A lively discussion took place within the framework of the seminar, a large number of questions were asked and recommendations were made. Participants found new partners, exchanged contact information and agreed on further cooperation.
The next day the seminar participants visited the "FORTACO Estonia O?" plant, which is a branch of the Finnish company Fortaco Group Oy. The plant manufactures welded steel structures for Fortaco customers throughout Europe, providing Narva with workplaces, as well as various practice programs and internships for students and graduates.
As part of the event, the seminar participants visited the Center for Creative Development and Leisure "Gagarin" and the Narva Club of Young Mariners, where the club's director Vadim Trenin gave a short tour, talked about the club's work, and showed a couple of ways to knit sea knots.