Metal Boost, Strengthening cross-border co-operation among metal industry players

The project is aiming to positively influence the skills shortage problem in metal industry, that has been one of the main
obstacles to business growth. Currently there is a chronic shortage of skilled professionals in metal industry, specifically welders, machinist, maintenance
mechanics and production supervisors. The problem has been identified through employment agency statistics, articles as well as several round table
discussions involving educational organizations, employment agencies and industrial companies in Kainuu and Republic of Karelia.


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The project will produce three main outputs:

1.    Mechanical engineering industry image and working environment improved. As the first step towards insuring supply of qualified workforce, it is essential to address weak image of industry professions, especially welders. 
2.    Mechanical engineering education is improved in accordance with industry needs. To match companies needs, vocational education needs more competent lectures and better equipment, especially in the Republic of Karelia. It is essential to achieve this in close cooperation between education institutions and mechanical engineering industry companies. 
3.    Cross-border enterprise collaboration processes are established. Continuous dialogue among companies from both side of the border would further develop cooperation networks, enable to share information on know-how needs and requirements of other companies. The companies will work on developing processes that will allow them to work together to reach mutual targets. 



Kajaanin University of Applied Sciences,

Kainuu: Kainuu Vocational Collage,


Karelia: Tekom Prof Ltd, Gapou RK Petrozavodskij avtotransportnyj Tekhnikum, Administration of urban town Kostomuksha, Polytechnic College Kostomuksha, AEM-technologies JSC Branch Petrozavordskmash


Gennady Rykhov

Project manager

Tel. +358 44 710 1122 


Kajaanin Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy / Kajaani University of Applied Sciences

PO Box 52 (Kuntokatu 5, Taito1-building) 

FI-87101 Kajaani, Finland