The knowledge, skills and talents of social partners – employers, labour unions and local governments – allow them to pursue successful and bilateral social dialogue, as well as to be competent in terms of taking part in the decision-making process in regions, Latvia and the European Union. Before negotiations can be successful, social partners must know how to choose the most appropriate tactics and how to maintain a business-like relationship. It is important to know how to listen to what partners have to say, to understand their interests and vice versa. Businesspeople must know how to establish relations with employees so as to observe regulations in the law, as well as to ensure the company’s sustainable growth in future.
These and other topics are covered in three educational programmes that were commissioned by the Latvian Confederation of Employers (LDDK). We offer these programmes in partnership with highly qualified experts and professionals from the relevant sectors to representatives of LDDK organisations:
- “Bilateral and Tripartite Social Dialogue and Management of Human Resources”;
- “Corporate Development and Corporate Social Responsibility”;
- “Management of Local Government Development and Facilitation of Public-Private Partnerships”.
Knowledge from these courses and other projects in which the LDDK has engaged have strengthened social dialogue at the regional level, also enhancing the ability of social partners to become involved in policy development and implementation. Employers have improved knowledge about the importance and opportunities of social dialogue at the regional level, about how to manage regional development processes, and about rules for responsible entrepreneurship.
Since 2010, more than 1,600 employers have welcomed the knowledge that they have learned. They have met with businesspeople and local government representatives in their regions, administrative districts and cities. They have also been able to share experiences with other businesspeople. The courses have been organised for more than 80 groups not just in Rīga, but also in Liepāja, Rēzekne, Cēsis, Jēkabpils, Tukums, Smiltene, Jelgava, Valmiera, Preiļi, Jūrmala, Daugavpils, Kuldīga and other towns and districts in Latvia. We organised the courses under the brand of the LDDK Business Resource Centre, which we set up to correlate the various opportunities that the confederation provides for its members.
The training was organised within the project “Strengthening the administrative capacity of the Employers’ Confederation in Latvia’s regions” financed by the European Social Fund. At the end of the training, the President of Employers’ Confederation in Latvia thanked us for successful cooperation and support in implementing this EU Structural Funds project.