Christmas Brunch (#96/100)

Breakfast and lunch digested into one meal, makes up the brunch of TAKK, the TAKK style. Brunch turns into ”brunssi” in Finnish, which is a ”Finnslation” of the word. Originally the word ”brunch” came up in the context of the late 1800’s partyswingers, having the first meal of the day slightly later on Sunday (fits also the Finnish ”pikkujoulu”, little Christmas). However, our brunch in TAKK has no prior party agenda, nor the cheerfulness of the socialites. We’ve had out breakfast before the ”brunssi” and we will work for the whole day.

Brunching in TAKK

TAKK brunch today gathered together a whole bunch of brunchers – both students and staff members of TAKK. There were many typical breakfast items served, such as rice pastries, eggs, rye bread and fruits, but also the approaching Christmas was there on the serving tables: rice porridge with cinnamon, ham slices, glogg (glögi) and bundt cake. Pls see here for yourself.

10 days to Christmas.

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Winter Overnight – What to Do? (#80/100)

Nirva fall: Oct 25, 2017

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

”Let’s be careful out there”, said the Hill Street Blues cop many decades ago in TV (remember?). Well, here’s the day to take it literally. Still yesterday we had the most beautiful fall season, pretty sunshine and clear though slightly frozen roads. Look today, snowy sceneries like in the fairytales and turning into the nightmares of all those on the roads and in the traffic. When does the winter come, ask the visitors? It comes whenever it pleases, this year it fell down TODAY in Tampere, as in many other places in Finland. Continue reading

Summertime Week in TAKK (#53/100)

”And the living is easy…” does fit the mood in the corridors of TAKK Nirva Campus at the moment. Let’s see what’s up in TAKK.

  • There’s the construction site. I tried to access the site, but was refused entry in four (4!) different places, so that’s that. Lots of sounds, so must be going strong. Good job.
  • Then there’s the guards and the electricians and the builders, classes continue for this week. Some 60+ cars in the parking lot of students, which fits the picture. Perfect.
  • Checking the intranet for staff members, next official event is a Staff Day in August, meant to ”refresh us”. From what? We’ve just had holidays.  I believe this is the employer’s secret way of gently transferring our wandering summer minds back to work. So sharpen your pencils before you some back from holidays! There’s plenty to do.

Happy holidays to everyone (heart-shaped emoji here…).

Figuring Out the Work in the Warehouse of TAKK Construction (#33/100)

Present when needed, Ilkka D

Ilkka Dahlstedt (right) with student Pasi Järvinen in the Warehouse

The 118 qualifications TAKK has rights to organise training for, make a very big warehouse for the learning and study material. All the sectors have different gear: warehouses of the different teams in metal, wood, cleaning, painting, guarding or car repairing take a new pile of things, sometimes very big things. Where are they stored? And who watches over the equipment? TAKK has a miracle man, a smiley man, Mr Ilkka Dahlstedt, to take care of the construction sector warehousing. Let’s hear our Ilkka’s figures. Continue reading

The Backside of Finnish VET (#30/100)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

Things in their places

Everything in order

It is time of the Great Spring Cleanup. Rake the leaves, wash the windows, dust the garden furniture, vacuum the car, fill in the bicycle tires and tear down the shabby winter curtains. Facades need to look nice for the light-minded and the summer-lovers. We freshen up for the Finnish season of light and heat. (Well, +10, it’s pretty warm for 61° 29′ 53″ N, 23° 45′ 39″ E, Tampere, that is). 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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HiOMO Grinds Students into Entrepreneurs (#15/100)

HiOMO logo

HiOMO, or the “Grindery” for promoting entrepreneurship in TAKK

TAKK Entrepreneurship HiOMO or ”Grindery” in English, is TAKK’s way to organise entrepreneurship and management training to TAKK students and business clients. HiOMO team of trainers and experts offers education services for entrepreneurs-to-be, for the already operating entrepreneurs and for students who have entrepreneurship modules in their qualification-based studies in TAKK. HiOMO also gives free of charge entrepreneurship guidance to TAKK students. Continue reading