by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK
VET Reform now done and implementation under process, it is time to turn our minds and heads towards the next strategic years to come. Let’s see what tools do we have to affect the internationalisation of Vocational Education and Training (VET).
European Comission is working on a Public consultation on EU funds in the area of values and mobility, thus creating understanding for the strategic period of 2020-2027. The specific budget in this area is shared between many resources: those for mobility, education and training, cultural diversity, fundamental rights and creativity – to name a few. The actual programmes that support this work aim to make Europe open, democratic, more equal, inclusive and creative. As it is time to vote for the president in Finland right now, it is also time to vote for the fundamental factors behind the Erasmus+ programmes, so please, respond to the questionnaire and affect the choices with your professional experience and expertise.
Our Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI has been working systematically on the internationalisation of VET for a long time, thank you very much; creating many enlightened and strategically aware international coordinators to this country. One great proof of that is the GO INTERNATIONAL, A Practical guide on strategic internationalisation in Vocational Education and Training, originally made by our Erasmus+ National Agency and hence re-worked for EU level. Now it is time to re-read it, with deep thought and based on experiences from the past years. Also in TAKK, we need to draft the big lines for the internationalisation now with very carefull thought: What is our special character? What are our bigger internationalisation goals for our VET students and the surrounding worklife? What are our strategic choices for the international services we offer? There are many important choices to be made.
With joy, I follow the development of bringing back the language studies to the basic education they no longer have had for quite some time, I mean e.g. starting Swedish on grade 6 and English even earlier than before – of course with municipal variation. There have been many worries for the langage skills base we possess currently in Finland of 2018 and now that language studies start earlier in K-12 all over in Finland, there is reason to be more content. The children grasp the language competence far easier than us adults, but the heritage of ”twisting the tongue” early enough in childhood, also helps the adults learning the languages for their qualifications.