The ArcticSkills partnership grows stronger

Friday, November 20th, Øystein Hansen on behalf of the Lead Partner of ArcticSkills and Päivi Ekdahl for the Managing Authority of Kolarctic, signed an addendum to the Grant Contract, stating that Utbildning Nord, Gränsälvsgymnasiet and Rovaniemi Municipal Federation of Education are legitimate partners in the project. The addendum also makes it clear that there will be no changes in the terms of the Grant Contract, other than the addition of partners under the responsibility of the coordinating partners in Sweden and Finland. In plain English, this means that the new partners will get their money from Tornedalsskolan and Kemi-Tornionlaakso Municipal Education and Training Consortium Lappia, and they will report and account their spending to them. No extra audits will be needed. As legitimate partners, they will also act as legitimate members in the Board.


The new partners have been in the project for some years now, and the chair of the Board, Svein Tore Jakobsen, says that we are happy to welcome them as legitimate partners. Their entrance will strengthen the competence and the business networks, which is a very important part for the success of the project.


REDU, or Rovaniemi Municipal Federation of Education, is a regional consortium of vocational education with units in Rovaniemi, Kemijärvi, Keminmaa, Sodankylä and Kittilä.

It is the largest vocational education provider in Lapland. They also maintain the Lapland Sports Institute and the Lapland Summer University.


Utbildning Nord (The Arctic Vocational Foundations) is a public educational college, initiated and financed by “Stiftelsen Utdanning Nordkalotten” based on an agreement between the governments of Sweden, Norway and Finland in 1991.

At Utbildning Nord, about 500 Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish students meet every year. They offer about 30 different vocational courses for adults, adapted to the demands of all three countries.


Gränsälvsgymnasiet is a typical Swedish gymnasium offering about 15 vocational educations in close cooperation with Utbildning Nord.