Creating Means and Motivation for Networking—Continuing Education Programs for Engineers Based on Professional Standards (experience gained from projects implemented in a small country)
The paper outlines the experience of building partnerships and networking from three continuing engineering education development projects implemented in Estonia. The focus of the projects was creation of network between entrepreneurs, educational institutions and qualification authority for creation of integrated continuing education system where training programs are suitable for professional training but also for applying professional qualification, raising the participant’s educational level or retraining. Deriving from the wide goals of the projects the key success factor of implementing the projects was motivating the project partners for efficient cooperation. The paper provides overview of the main motivating aspects of partners identified during the projects, means of cooperation used in analyze and program creation activities also the difficulties encountered. The main conclusions of the projects are that university is a well suitable institution for coordination of networking activities. The goal of creating an integrated continuing education system that enables trainees to accomplish different aims in their life-long learning process provides sufficient motivation for the public and private sector partners to contribute in networking.