Advisory Boards and TAKK – Case Well-being (#76/100)

Managers of TAKK in the meeting

The year is getting closer to the end and we have not had the chance to touch even half of the partner types we play with! Let’s tackle one of them today. Advisory board (neuvottelukunta) is the theme of this blog.

Advisory boards in general are bodies that give – as the name goes – advice to the organisations in question. They are by character informal, flexible and therefore influential, yet less authoritative and no way decisive. Sound too good to be true, but that’s what they are. Wise thoughts, concerns and opinions over a one big table together. The advisory boards are very important to convey messages and to plan for the future. Continue reading

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Are you Aware of International VET Service Business? (#68/100)

To the point: Have you checked the website of us 11 education providers’ project in Ammatillinen koulutusvienti (vocational education export)? This is serious business and not only our business, but the business of our customer. The first Finnish qualification module certificates for customers outside of Europe have been signed and we intend to have our first ones signed next year in 2018 in TAKK.

Happy to catch up with these colleagues on Monday in Espoo. See you soon!

Click “Ammatillinen koulutusvienti”

Partners in Business – Broman Group and TAKK (#45/100)

There is no TAKK without work – that’s what I often say. It is such a relevant part of our character, the work and the workplaces, that the topic deserves a little blog. Especially today with the great news of us in TAKK committing to a partnership with Broman Group on training repair shops and parts salespersons.

Great Partnership with Broman Group Oy

Work is not a separate part of the studies in Finnish VET. Work is the reason why we study and train. Naturally, people love to learn many things and there is now greater thing than a practical theory in my opinion, but for the grown-ups and already for the children, it is important to understand WHY and WHAT FOR. We all want to be needed, we want to be skillful and we want to know our business. Continue reading

Finnish Education System in Short – Visitors from South Korea (#44/100)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

You know how you are supposed to be able to give an elevator speech in one minute? How about making it about the Finnish education system? How many minutes you need to take? TAKK had the privilege of hosting a South Korean group of visitors through KEDI, the Korean Educational Development Institute this week. The challenge was, how to formulate the topics of adult education, competence-based education system and lifelong learning into a compact package.

Happy visitors in TAKK Nirva

Which key words would you use?

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Girls’ Fun Run – Likkojen lenkki (#41/100)

Jonne Aaron has power!

Girl power, is there any other energy in the world that can override looooong distances and high mountains? This energetic event called Likkojen lenkki has been organised in Tampere since 1989 and is a mixture of female drive, exercise and entertainment. You CAN take it seriously (run 10 kms) or light-hearted (just couple of kms), but you cannot take it with a serious mind. Well, how is TAKK connected to this? And why is such an event in TAKK International Blog 100 stories?

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Coffee Break (#40/100)

by Ulla Virtanen

It’s just not a coffee break.

Quickly, coffee!

The fast coffee lane

As the blog space is so tiny, I will go straight to the point: I think one of the wisest decisions ever in the past or in the future of TAKK, HAS been and WILL be, to offer a cup of coffee (or tea) to the personnel twice a day free of charge. (Well, sometimes there’s no time, and sometimes it’s almost three cups… large. Hey, some days demand for it.)

Coffee break, it’s always around 9 in the morning and always at 14 (not 2 pm). There are always some colleagues to meet and issues to take care of at the same time. But the work stuff is not the case, the break together IS. It has been studied by some wise professors, that a human being can only focus efficiently for 1,5 hours in a row. After that the thought slips, seriously. Well, there’s the time for the coffee break. And the talk. And the team spirit.

Coffee with a twist

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A Week in the International Office of TAKK with Melodies (#37/100)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

Let’s hear about the rhythms and the melodies of the international coordinator’s week, as in so many vocational institutions in Finland. Greetings to you all lovely colleagues!

Videoing Sustainability Manager

  • Skype starts the week, fixing timetables and activities on producing Finnish vocational qualifications for foreign cooperation and learning about the guidelines from the Ministry of Education level. Done, absolutely useful and wonderful to hear how the other 10 institutions are doing. I hear spring marching in, ”we’re doing this for sure”.
  • Summer camps, planning programme models for the future activities of international students coming to Tampere region. Welcome all, I hear local music, the Manserock rhythm, they will have fun on Tampere.
  • Brazilian education needs, listening to the experts about the possibilities of Finnish-Brazilian education business. New direction. Isn’t that a band? Definitely not from Brazil, though.
  • Lots of visiting Chinese rectors, from Beijing, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Shanghai and Zhengzhou for example, buzzling morning with the sounds of the voice of our lovely interpreter, Ms Li.

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