Safety First (#78/100)

Work safety – what does it mean to you?

Safety is a Mindset

Let’s take it the plain and simple way, through an example. As a carpenter’s daughter, I would say work safety means knowing how to use the saw and therefore keeping my fingers, wearing proper shoes in timber works thus protecting my toes, using helmet and so keeping my head safe. These are the minimal elements of safety: intact body parts and life.

Now let’s elaborate. IF I were a partner to my father, I would (need to) know who’s the boss, who gives orders and who does the actual work. In which language does he talk to me and whether I know the concepts. His language is definitely Finnish, but words like ”pontti”, ”viilu” or ”kakkosnelonen” would be Greek to me, unless I were a carpenter’s daughter or had learnt them by studying… Basic knowledge, guidance and common language, are the further elements to master the safety in carpentry. Before grabbing the saw. Continue reading


Under the Inspecting Eye (#59/100)

Safe and sound Finland. I’ll tell you once again, from another angle, why. This time the story is from metal technology.

Annually there are hundreds of welding competence tests done in TAKK. One needs to be secure, safe and sound. This needs a lot from the trainers, testing environments, students and documentation. These welding competence test results – the actual welding works – are evaluated in our own testing plant. The technical director and inspector of the NDT testing plant (non-destructive testing) is trainer, Mr Eero Seppälä and all the activities are run by Director of TAKK Enterprise Services, Mr Olli-Pekka Tuomi. Continue reading

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

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

Have a Safe Workshop! (27#/100)

Safety at Work

Welcome with Restrictions

There’s workshops and then there’s workshops. The trendy word ”workshop” is quite something else in the Vocational Education and Training (VET). Hardly any papers, except construction site drawings. Neither any tables or chairs, except those under construction. Nor any group discussions, except the debate and the negotiation between the artisan and his raw material before turning it into something beautiful and practical. Coffee definitely, but you knew that. Continue reading