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Finnish cluster programmes have been highlighted as good practice by the OECD and the training activities described below, seem to lead the way in Europe. Leena Zittling, President of the European ProClusters Association, whom I met during the Europe Innova conference in Lyon – she was a speaker at the cluster workshop -, sent me an info package about her cluster training activities in Finnland, which I would like to share with you.

P.S. As part of its second generation of Europe Innova and Pro Inno activities DG Enterprise wants to establish a European Cluster Academy, to offer training programmes for cluster managers and work towards a quality label for cluster organisations. So we can expect more European-wide professionalization of cluster activities in the future. In preparation of this the CEE Cluster Network (Ecoplus, Lower Austria) is conducting a survey on the skills and training needs of European cluster managers. Cluster managers and coordinators are kindly asked to participate.

European Excellence in Executiveness

Prodemic was the first company in Europe starting the coherent and consistent certified PROCluster® facilitator training workshops 2005. So far 120 facilitators in 11 European countries have been certified. Main focuses in training are to identify cluster processes, increase the awareness about the intellectual capital concept and optimize new continuous quality measurement systems during the cluster process.

See this year’s brochure on training workshops

Focus on Future

In order to deepen and enhance the knowledge of our trained people Prodemic together with TCI is organizing annual Competitiveness Forum since 2005. I add the link to this year event.

At the end of this webpage you will find all presentations

Prodemic publishes also a cluster executive magazine (JOHTOTAITO), which is the only magazine handling cluster issues at the Baltic Sea level. English reviews are at the end of the magazine

Lifelong learning is key driver and success factor in all our activities. Due to that it will start ProExecutive – one year cluster executive program next year, which aim is to deepen trained people’s knowledges in different executive issues.

Cultivating and connecting cultures – EPROCA

On the behalf of trained and certified PROClusters in different countries a new European ProClusters Association – EPROCA – was set up. Its constitutive meeting was held at the Finnish Ministry of the Interior in October 2007. For the moment the Executive Committee (ExCom) consist of members from Finland, Estonia, Netherlands and Denmark. The 2nd General Assembly will be held in February 2009. The ExCom will have members from Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Russia, Bulgaria and Turkey.

See the brochure of EPROCA

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