Development priorities: Satakunta

Funding from the European Regional Development Fund will help Satakunta strengthen factors supporting the industry's ability to renew itself, with a special focus on the marine and technology industries. The region puts an emphasis on cleantech and ICT technology solutions. Smart services and service activities for the industry are part of the service industry of the future. The activities of the Satakunta higher education system and the strengthening of RDI activities advance the expertise capital of the region. The regeneration of industry creates a foundation for new enterprise, growth and internationalisation.

Priority 1 supports the creation of new business activities, the promotion of growth and internationalisation, and the increase in energy efficiency among SMEs.

Priority 2 In Satakunta, the research, development and innovation activities of development organisations, institutions of higher education, businesses and the industry will be strengthened, as well as collaboration related to these activities. New solutions will be developed for automation, material expertise, logistics, production control and resource efficiency, for example.

The agri-food chain is one of the key sectors in Satakunta, and the focus of its development is in the Rural Development Fund. However, through the ERDF it is possible to target measures at specific areas, especially those related to internationalisation, which the Rural Development Fund cannot respond to. Among other things, research and innovation activities connected to water and collaboration concerning the subject matter are to be strengthened further. In addition, support will be given to development work for public services and welfare services which are primarily implemented through other EU and national programmes. Innovations are to be sought for the allocation of public resources and services by utilising technology and by developing new user-oriented service concepts.

At the centre of the European Social Fund's funding is the Satakunta Social Guarantee, which is aimed at utilising the entire labour potential and preventing exclusion.

Priority  3 supports young people's access to the labour market, reduction of long-term unemployment, and the development of new solutions, models of action and services, and service guidance, and the development of network and company communications of different players..  The priority also supports the increase in expertise of SME personnel and entrepreneurs, which in turn promotes the growth and internationalisation of SMEs supported through the ERDF, as well as the RDI activities of industry.

Priority 4 supports learning environments and the transition from education to training or work (the flow of so-called transitional phases). The expansion of entrepreneurial education to different school levels will also be supported.  New types of agreement-based procedures and training experiments between business life, the third sector and educational institutions offer individualised solutions for career preparation and employment. Versatile support measures will target those at risk of exclusion, especially young people, in order to ensure that they have the skills and expertise needed at work and that they are able to take care of themselves. Development requires that the collaboration networks for the entire youth age group function well, and that the anticipatory system and the role of flexible and reactive adult education be strengthened.

Priority 5 supports the development of comprehensive service models for those in a weak labour market position, aimed at the prevention of social exclusion and marginalisation on the labour market, as well as the development of service models and networks to promote the access of special groups to the labour market. In addition, the priority is aimed at supporting citizen-oriented participation in residential areas.