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 We are irreversibly getting out-of-date in our skills in the big scale, without big actions.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

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Big Ears for Customers of VET (#85/100)

Big ears for customers – TAKK’s Education Manager Rosa Hyvönen

M. Hannula of Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) and M. Lahtinen of Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce pointed out in their blog (Nov 2nd 2017) that companies with their jobs will be as real customers of Finnish VET as the students are with the reform of education in force on the 1st of January 2018.

Naturally, the reform will bring about many changes and chances: fewer qualifications with more variablity, individual study paths and less regulations. All welcome. The need for our trainers to be even more on the foot, is understood, but the reality may be a bit different. How to guarantee the real-time coaching of all of our students in one week on the foot with the given resources? How to make a shift from trainer to coach, which is but a methodological change, also a change in operation culture. Where is our focus as trainers or coaches? On the students? Or on the employers? Continue reading

Splendid Machine Technology Jobs (#23/100)

Do you remember the Splendid Jobs of #3/100? Well, this time Machine technology took over the estrade in Nirva Campus. The day was a success, as there were great employers present: fancy names such as Agco Power, Ata Gears, Kumera Machinery, Metso Minerals, Purso and Sandvik Mining and Construction. What struck me best was the busy hours of presenting and advising the hundreds of candidates. The air was as thick as the densest metal: you could touch the sparkle and fire. Of course, the so needed hot coffees and sausages warmed up the atmosphere.

Blooms of Steel

Spring turns the technology education business into bloom

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A New Way to Integrate Immigrants into Finnish Society? (#13/100)

by Susanna Ylihärsilä

A nice cup of tea in the morning and the morning paper. Suddenly your eyes catch an interesting piece of news…

It takes a really long time to find a job in Finland!

According to Aamulehti newspaper (January 22) it takes you – on average – 6 years and 2 months to find a job in Finland if you happen to come from The Middle East or Somalia.

There are of course already many immigrants and professionals working on this challenge. Here I have the chance to highlight one of the most recent projects that tackles the problem: an ESF (European Social Fund) project called Kiito – Kiinni työhön ja osaamiseen – or in English: Work and Holistic Integration Zone project.

Study www.kiitohanke.wordpress.com

It takes a really long time to find a job in Finland!

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