- 22 municipalities
- Public service
Talent Coastline focuses on the attraction of international expertise to the region, the connection to the local higher education institutions and vocational schools, the cooperation between private and public sector in order to boost the growth of the regions. Talent Coastline is coordinated by the ELY-Centre Ostrobothnia and is part of the Government's national Talent Boost programme. Talent Boost is a cross-administrative programme of the Finnish Government designed to boost the immigration of senior specialists, employees, students and researchers. The Centre for the Economic Development, Transport and the Environment is tasked with promoting regional competitiveness, well-being, sustainable development and curbing climate change. Talent Coastline helps international skilled people to find employment by providing them with the right type of services and trainings, while working to make small and medium sized companies more aware of the possibility of employing talent from the international pool, along with affecting the attitudes towards employing people from abroad.
The Talent Coastline Ecosystem's goals are to boost the attractiveness of the Ostrobothnian regions for international talent, to retain the talent and enhance the regional competitiveness by shortening the gap between local small and medium sized companies and international skilled workforce. The regions of Ostrobothnia and Central Ostrobothnia compose part of the west coast of Finland. The area has a strong tradition of entrepreneurship and the largest number of companies per capita on the mainland of Finland. The export share of approximately 71 % is also exceptionally high. The energy sector is the strongest one in Ostrobothnia, while agriculture and manufacturing are stronger in the Central Ostrobothnia region. The area is very international in atmosphere but also when it comes to its population. For instance, the internationals in Ostrobothnia consist of over 7% of the population. Within this number is untapped potential that would fill the talent shortage of the local business and boost the region's growth. The reason why it is important to take into consideration these human resources is that even though the unemployment rate in the region is lower than in any other Finnish region, there is a consistent number of open positions, which are not filled because of talent/skill shortage.
To whom and on what terms
Who Is an International Talent?
An international talent could be:
- International students and researchers (HEI and vocational)
- Persons in the country based on humanitarian reasons
- Expats with families
- Job seekers abroad