Right skills for the right future

Project: Research

Project Details


The project aims to maintain a competitive regional economy and to strengthen innovation support capacity by ensuring access to a strong and adaptable workforce with the necessary skills to support future growth.

This will be done by increasing regional knowledge on future skills needs amongst SMEs and bridging existing skills gaps. Innovation support mechanisms and educational practices will be tested allowing for adjustments and the development of a robust future-proofed flexible system. The project will give authorities new tools within skills development, which are specially connected to the region's smart specialisation strategy. This will contribute to an increased innovation capacity in North Sea Region by aligning these two strategic elements in a regional perspective.

Hanze will focus on strengthening new developments in energy transition by exploring growth potential of cross-border and cross-sectoral aspects. Expertise in value chain and systems innovations including cluster systems development and digital/other technologies will be leveraged to support exploration of growth potential and needs of the energy industry. HZ will co-create and evaluate new strategies, knowledge, skills and business models with clusters and businesses in energy transition sector.

Layman's description

What new strategies, knowledge, skills and business models will businesses need; and what new policies and initiatives need to be developed to make the region ready for a successful future. Hanze will focus on innovation in energy transition and specially in small and medium businesses and their needs for the future.

Key findings

[Project in development]
Effective start/end date21/10/1831/12/21

Collaborative partners

  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  • Hordaland County Council (HCC) (lead)
  • Johann Daniel Lawaetz-Stiftung (Lawaetz-Foundation) (Project partner)
  • Universiteit Gent (Ghent University) (Project partner)
  • FIFE Council (FC) (Project partner)
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) (Project partner)
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Project partner)
  • tbc (Project partner)
  • Vordingborg Erhverv (Project partner)
  • Provincie Groningen (Project partner)