How can talents increase the competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region?

Almedalen_375The global competition for talent is poised to become one of the most defining economic issue of the 21st century. On 30 June, the Swedish Institute arranged together with the Baltic Development Forum a seminar in Almedalen, Visby, Sweden, on the theme How access to key skills can increase the Baltic Sea Region competitiveness.

The focus of the seminar was the need for cities and regions in the area to become better at retaining talent – the key skills – for the region to become more competitive.

In the panel discussion, people involved in talent mobility issues shared their experience and expertise on this topic. What is needed to attract and keep both international and local talents in the region, and how the access to talents is linked the region’s ability to attract investment?

The panel was attended by Torgil Lenning (moderator), CEO, Potentialpark, Christina Mattisson, Regional Councillor, Region Blekinge, Marcus Andersson, Chief operating officer, Tendensor, Mantas Zalatorius, Area Manager Central and Eastern Europe, Business Sweden, Tove Lifvendahl, political Editor in Chief, Svenska Dagbladet.

Tool-kit_Cover_275xThe seminar also highlighted the recently published Toolkit on talent retention: activities and services for welcoming, receiving and integrating talents in cities and regions in the Baltic Sea Region.

The purpose of the Toolkit is to encourage local and regional public sector actors to enhance their efforts to welcome, receive and integrate international talents, as well as provide them with concrete tools to do so. It also aims to increase multi-stakeholders efforts to retain local talents.

The Toolkit starts with a strategic roadmap for planning and implementing talent retention efforts. The roadmap is followed by the main best practices identified in the Situation Analysis: Talent retention policy and initiatives in the Baltic Sea Region.

The Toolkit presents the tools, services and activities, their purposes, main target groups, success factors and examples. It also brings up the different needs of the different target groups, such as expats or students.

In its final chapter, the Toolkit discusses ideas for future opportunities for transnational Baltic Sea Region collaboration in talent retention that have emerged in work leading up to the Toolkit.

The Toolkit is one of the main publications of the Talent retention –work package of the One Baltic Sea Region (One BSR) project, and it has been commissioned by the Swedish Institute together with Tendensor.

The Toolkit is available to download HERE.

Photo: Camilla Wristel, Swedish Institute