Handmade in TAKK (#64/100)

The creating team: Ilse Brandt (teacher), Emilia Suominen, Mari Salmela and Anastasia Petrova

Learning by doing, on-the-job training, learning at work – very familiar phrases for all of us in vocational education. Doing with hands, artisan work, handmade – all refer to the human touch and the creative mind we all possess, used to create something never-seen-before. Handmade is always interesting as a creation and unique as a product, no matter how many blemishes or ”beauty faults” (kauneusvirhe) it has. actually, the blemishes make the creation so beautiful, telling about the story of the artisan. Continue reading

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Joining Forces – Stronger Together (#60/100)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

Lumova and TAKK together

Returning from holidays, there it was. The news on Lumova, Hämeen kosmetologikoulu (Häme School of Cosmetologists) joining forces with TAKK – still continuing under the same name and as it’s own unit. Two approximately 50-year-old-ones are stronger together, more adaptable and more versatile. One hundred like Finland 100. This marriage is very much reforming the vocational education community in Pirkanmaa with combinable resources, possitibilities and opportunities – for all, the students, staff members and employers. Continue reading

Get Yourself Connected (#58/100)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

Good cake

On this especially rainy day in Tampere and as the children get back to nurseries and the wild outdoors, it is the great time to make sand cakes, or better: mud cakes. You know how sand needs a decent amount of water to make a good cake, well, these are the golden days for children (the laundry…). Finnish children have a short rhyme ”Älä tule paha kakku, tule hyvä kakku” – ”Please, become a good cake, do not become a bad cake”.

Speaking of cakes, you know how all we have our favourite recipes? And how we know that with those recipes, we will succeed. But the recipe needs the right ingredients… The recipe of successful worklife is the mixture of great connections and the most fitted organisations to your needs. You mix them, you stir, and puff! There’s the cake.

This is my international education cake mix.  Have a good weekend!

steady amount of http://minedu.fi/en/vocational-education-and-training

a great mix of http://www.cimo.fi/

a whole lot of https://www.marketopportunities.fi/

knowledge of http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/anniversary_en

and a handful of https://finvet.fi/fi/

Stir, smooth and enjoy!

Sino-Finnish Implementation – pls join! (#47/100)

First group of Sino-Finnish Experts in Beijing 2016

Networks and competence for the China education ”connoisseurs” of Finland and vice versa, this is what the Sino-Finnish Education Research Centre (SFERC) coordinated by the University of Tampere (UTA) arranges, this time in the form of a capacity development training programme in August. TAKK is part of the group of institutions organising the workshop. UTA, TAMK and TAKK in the Finland end host professionals, who are already engaged in or who aspire to work on Sino-Finnish education cooperation. Beijing Normal University, National Institute of Education Science (NIES), National Academy of Education Administration (NAEA), Peking University, University of Science and Technology Beijing and Jiangsu Agency for Educational Evaluation. Heavy team of experts, I would say! 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

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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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