Digging into the VET Legislation with Glogg (#97/100)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

The Law on Vocational Education and Training (531/2017) inspired a dozen of internationally-oriented VET professionals and national administrators of education yesterday over the hot mugs of glogg in Omnia, Espoo (thank you, Mervi, Kirsi and Katri). The event ”Lakia ja glögiä” (Law and glogg) or ”Lakikinkerit”, of which the latter is extremely difficult to translate**, focused on understandig and interpreting the fresh VET legislation in the right format for global education purposes and more specifically, for qualification-based global education.

Glogg helps the study of law…

The law is clear: We are allowed to sell Finnish secondary level qualifications outside of EU and EEA. After that, it gets more interesting. Thanks to the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and their lawyer, we got some more understanding to the various articles of the law. Hey, there are 14 chapters and 142 articles on the law to understand, so for a VET professional, that is a big nut to crack.

Individualisation (henkilökohtaistaminen) is The Big Clue of the Finnish VET.

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TAKK projects run DIGItal (#90/100)

Digital Trainer of project 24/7

Four words for the TAKK present strategy: DIGI, INTEGRATION, SALES and QUALITY. Shortly in Finnish DIGI, KOTO, MYYNTI and LAATU. Short little words and lots behind them. Let’s take a practical peek at DIGI.

The long family name of DIGI is Developing digital learning and working environments. This involves developing quite many things and competences in several projects, and I will scan them from the perspective of the VET trainers.

  • Digi4Adults, Erasmus+ KA2 develops and shares methods for improving skills and competences to stay employed. Trainers Ms Pirjo Sillman of TAKK Interior Decorators, for example, in her blog text talks about taking little steps in image processing and blogging, as her students make benefit of visually elaborated portfolios in their employability.
  • Noheva (ESF) focuses on literacy, numeracy and IT skills for adult students; developing tests, materials and models. This helps trainers in identifying and supporting their students in lifelong learning skills and vocational studies.
  • Third case, Tasa-arvoinen oppiminen 24/7 (MEC), is an interesting prospect of developing the web store for qualification-based studies and a pedagogical script for making online programmes. This, I look forward to proceed in large scale, as our carbon foorprint just cannot take anymore the travel we have done so far.

It is time to go mobile, digital and software when the learning allows so and actually favours it! Definitely there is always the demand for the live meetings, discussion and experience exchange, but the digital is here to stay, support us and help to create learning environments never seen before, so let’s make the most of DIGItal in Finnish VET.

Top Trainer of Household Services (#81/100)

TAKK’s top trainer Sanna Salminen – congratulations!

We are so very proud of our trainer, Sanna Salminen, to receive the award ”Trainer of the Year in Household Services” from Suomen kotityöpalveluyhdistys ry in Mikkeli on the 11th of October. Salminen is a multitalented and experienced trainer in the sector and gets high quality feedback on her customer service – thus certainly earning the title. Continue reading

Connecting the Big Message (#79/100)

In search of the Big Message

Yesterday was a big day. Education Finland (EF here) growth programme had the first workshop in EDUFI, the Finnish National Agency for Education, in Hakaniemenranta Helsinki. EF had the most inspiring guest – or host? – Director General Olli-Pekka Heinonen amongst us for a while. He intrigued me with his request for us all to find and define the Big Message from Finland. The clue that we international education agents all live by and repeat after each other. This is a big task for us and we cannot take it lightly. Continue reading

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

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