Seize the International Chances (#105)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

This morning the child of a dear friend is set for abroad, on a guided period with other youngsters. There are many fears in the air, lots of excitement and loads of questions in the mind, of both, the parent and the youngster. Will I make it? Will I miss home too much? Who can I make friends with? Continue reading

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Global and Local, Policies and Living (#104)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

TAKK local Nasta Café

The local café we sit in every working day, Nasta in TAKK Nirva Campus

Good news for the Education of Europe: Commission proposes to double funding for Erasmus programme for 2021-2027. This is the big news of the week, meaning political support for European Education Area by 2025. Moreover, the big goals of empowering young people and strengthening European identity are getting the attention they so need and deserve to have. It’s a free-flowing world for the future youth.

There are wonderful new, but natural elements to the programme: mobility periods that are consistently longer and cooperation that goes further than Europe – also for Vocational Education and Training! Which ais an absolute delight. The so called ”Centres of vocational excellence” will create more connections and larger networks for our secondary VET. Great!

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From global to local, yes. This week I had the privilege and joy to read the Master’s thesis by one of our previous trainees in TAKK. She writes about sustainable development and compares Chinese VET with Finnish VET. It touched me how she reminded us all about the need for place-based policy-making, despite the overwhelmingly great strategic policies we have from the global level decision-makers. Good job, Ms Riikka Yli-Arvela. Your Master’s thesis keep spinning in my mind. Continue reading

Choices for VET (#103)

Choose wisely, said Indy Jones

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

There are Small Choices and then there are Big Choices to be done on Vocational Education and Training.

The State of Finland is now in front of Big Choices, in order to respond to the changing worklife and the competence needs of all citizens throughout their lives – fast enough. We are irreversibly getting out-of-date in our skills in the big scale, without big actions. The government has set a goal of retraining a million Finns*. One million. Can be done, but won’t be easy. Continue reading

Making Vocational Qualifications Count (#102)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

Making it count with TAKK!

Make it count. Such a powerful expression. Familiar to many of us from Titanic and Leonardo di Caprio’s sentence, ”Make each day count”. The expression has slightly varified meanings, but the idea is to make something have a meaningful, useful and positive effect, to count on it to happen and come true. Continue reading

Strategic International VET (#101)

What is your golden strategy for internationalisation?

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). Continue reading

Bearing in Mind The TAKK Spirit (#100/100)

Bearing in mind 🙂

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

This little teddy bear is the last one of its kind, the TAKK bear. It is the last of the big pack of TAKK teddy bears we used to have and give to partners. Actually, I took one to Spain in 2007.

I believe this bear is The One with the true TAKK Spirit (we are famous for it) and therefore he or she (I don’t know which one it is?) has to be held kindly and with compassion. BEARing in mind, bearing in heart, bearing through the hard times and “bearing” in the meaning of “carrying something new inside”.

Thank you for the journey of 100 blogs this year with You all.

Happy New Year, fellows!