NordProLink (Nordic Professional Links) provides an opportunity for young employees from private small and medium size companies in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and North West Russia (St. Petersburg, Republic of Karelia and Leningrad, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Pskov, Velikiy Novgorod and Kaliningrad oblasts) – the so-called Adjacent Areas - to fulfill a training period of up to one month in a Nordic country. NordProLink offers you a unique possibility to boost your professional career.
The main idea behind NordProLink is to facilitate business contacts between companies in the Baltic countries and North West Russia on the one hand, and Nordic companies on the other hand.
The programme is managed by local NCM's Information offices in the Adjacent Areas.
NordProLink is a programme initiated and financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Information on Nordic Cooperation
Nordic Cooperation is the responsibility of the Nordic Council, which was founded 1952 as a forum for Nordic inter-parliamentary cooperation. The Nordic Council of Ministers, which was founded in 1971 as a forum for Nordic inter-governmental cooperation. Five Nordic countries – Denmark , Finland , Iceland , Norway , Sweden and three autonomous territories – the Faeroe Islands , Greenland , Åland participate in the partnership. Nordic cooperation is designed to strengthen Nordic affinity in language and culture, Nordic interests in security, health, social affairs, environmental protection, consumer affairs, energy, education and training, business and employment.
More detailed information you will find on the Nordic cooperation's official web site www.norden.org and web sites of the NCM's Information Offices.
This project is aimed at
· promoting the development of business relationships between commercial organizations in the Adjacent Areas and the Nordic countries · fostering the development of small and medium size business in the adjacent areas · providing an opportunity for young professionals in the Adjacent Areas to enhance their competence in Nordic market economy and management · providing an opportunity for young employees in the Adjacent Areas to get work experience in a Nordic company · spreading information on Nordic society, culture and basic principles of democracy
Why participate in NordProLink?
NordProLink will give you the following opportunities:
· through your own experience get acquainted with the workings of a Nordic company and enhance your professional level · to create business contacts between your company and the host company in a way that will benefit both sides · to get international experience that will be of personal benefit to you, and that will make you more attractive to employers in your home country
Your participation in NordProLink will make you a most valuable "bridge-builder" between your company and the host company.
If you want to know more about the experience of former trainees - look under "Former trainees share their experience”.
Who can apply?
√ You are between 20 and 35 years old √ You have at least one year of working experience √ You work in a small or medium-sized enterprise √ You have good English (or Nordic) language skills √ Your home employer approves your participation in the programme √ You are interested in serious business contacts
You should be interested in learning about labour market, Nordic society and motivated to develop your competences. You should be able to work both in teams and individually, and you are expected to show initiative and sense of responsibility.
II. INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
Search for a host company
The applicant can choose between different ways of establishing contact with a host company:
- The candidate can him/herself find a host company. NordProLink expect such initiatives. Under “Useful Internet links” you will find links to sites that will be of help for your search. - The candidate can approach NordProLink's suggested organizations (including twin city administrations). A list of these organizations and their addresses can be found under “NordProLink suggested organizations”.
Interested candidates are requested to fill in the application form in two copies. The following documents (in English) should be enclosed:
- Recommendation letter from the candidate's employer - Confirmation from the host company
Deadlines and selection
There are two deadlines annually, April 15th and September 15th. The complete applications should be sent to your Nordic Council of Ministers' Information office (for address see below).
Decisions about the selection of candidates will be made by the relevant information offices. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection no later than one month after the deadline.
NordProLink trainees receive grants for in-training in Nordic companies for up to one month. The grants cover accommodation expenses, travel fare to and from the Nordic country, insurance and daily allowance.
Information programme before the training
Selected applicants will be invited to information meetings in each Baltic country and North-West Russia . The information programme consists of lectures about the Nordic countries and Nordic cooperation, in which a short presentation of living conditions, work ethics and business traditions in the Nordic countries are presented.
A written report of the training period is to be submitted by the grantee to the local NCM's office no later than one month after the end of the traineeship.
NordProLink certificates will be issued to all trainees having successfully completed and reported on the traineeship.
Former trainees share their experience
If you click on the following address you will be able to read about how former trainees from the Adjacent Areas evaluate their own training experiences from working in a Nordic company.
Sites with general information on the Nordic countries
For all countries Hello Norden is an information service for people who move from one Nordic country to another and may encounter problems of various sorts. Hello Norden helps you to locate the appropriate authority that can provide you with the answers. You can put your question in Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish or English. www.hallonorden.org
Why send or receive a trainee through NordProLink?
NordProLink offers home and host companies a unique possibility of developing their international business relations and establish long lasting business contacts.
The main incentives for home companies are: - the possibility, at minimal costs, to invest in improved professional competence, especially on the level of international business. - the opportunity to establish long lasting business contacts with companies from neighboring Nordic countries.
The main incentives for host companies are: - the possibility to have a competent and motivated trainee from the Baltic states or Russia adding his/her specific experience, as well as his/her cultural, social and professional competence to the company's - the opportunity to establish, at minimal costs, long lasting business contacts with companies from emerging economies across the Baltic Sea - your company shall not pay salary for the trainee
Whether the contact with the trainee was made directly or through the mediation of our suggested organizations, the host company will always have the final word in the selection of the trainees.
Nordic Council of Ministers' Information Offices in the Adjacent Areas
Nordic Information Office in Russia Ulitsa Kazanskaya 10-2, 191186 St Petersburg Tel: +7 812 311 44 73 / +7 812 314 85 17 Fax: +7 812 311 38 87 E-mail: email@example.com , web site: www.norden.ru
Contact Centre in Murmansk Ulitsa Sportivnaya 13-138, Technical University 183101 Murmansk Tel: +7 8152 457751 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Centre in Petrozavodsk ( head office for NordProLink in North West Russia for the year 2003 ) Ulitsa Anokhina 20-410, 185002 Petrozavodsk Tel/Fax: +7 812 78 35 34 E-mail: email@example.com Pavel Petrov