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1 Western Uusimaa Municipal Education and Training Consortium in Riikka Suhonen Coordinator for International Affairs

2 2 Education system in Finland

3 Education in Finland Total educational expenditure of Finland: 5.9% of GDP, same as the OECD average (2008) Tuition, welfare services and school meals are provided free of charge at all levels until upper secondary education All educational institutions, either publicly funded or private institutions, receive the same level of public funding No school inspection by state authorities 3

4 Vocational education and training VET funded through the Ministry of Education and Culture Students have one free meal per day and subsidies for school transport & housing No dead ends: Eligibility to continue to higher education VET pedagogical studies: One third of applicants are approved for VET teacher training, work experience is required VET teachers are encouraged to update their professional expertise every five years ( on-the-job training for teachers) 4

5 Facts & figures in vocational education 40-50% of young people select VET after comprehensive school Average unit price in school-based learning: funding per year (2012) Special needs students: 15% (2012) Students taking part in international mobilities: 13% (2014; EU average 2-3%) 90% of Finnish Eurobarometer respondents think that VET has a very positive image (vs. 50% in the NL) 88% of Finnish respondents think that VET offers good career opportunities (vs. 43% in Lithuania, 48% in Hungary) 5

6 VET curricula National core curricula Drawn up by the Finnish National Board of Education in co-operation with employers organisations, trade unions and student unions Legal norm for educational institutions Education provider s locally approved curricula Students personal study plans Individual learning pathways / individualisation of studies 6

7 Qualifications and evaluation of students On-the-job learning Guided and goal-oriented study at the workplace At least six months Student learns practical skills included in the qualification Skills demonstrations Tests arranged as either practical work situations or as practical assignments Aims and assessment criteria determined in the core curricula issued by the National Board of Education Competence-based qualifications (adults) Since 1994, set and supervised by field-specific education and training committees Intended to enable working-age adults to gain qualifications without necessarily attending formal training 7

8 Overview of Luksia PURPOSE Luksia offers high quality vocational education and training and develops professional skills for youth and adults in cooperation with working life. VISION Luksia Prime Vocational Skills VALUES Customer orientation Professionalism Openness 8

9 Operational units Western Uusimaa Vocational College Initial vocational training Three-year vocational qualification provides general competence for higher education Three campuses: two in Lohja, one in Nummela students Western Uusimaa Institute of Adult Education Vocational adult education as well as further and specialist vocational education Finnish language training Western Uusimaa Apprenticeship Training Centre Hands-on learning at a workplace complemented by theoretical studies 9

10 Member municipalities (8) Hanko, Inkoo, Karkkila, Kirkkonummi, Lohja, Raasepori, Siuntio and Vihti Toivonkatu campus, Lohja Nummentie campus, Lohja Photo: By Tomisti (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 ( via Wikimedia Commons Ojakkalantie campus, Nummela 10

11 Facts & figures of Luksia students / year qualifications / year 400 members of staff 3,9 student feedback (scale 1-5) 7% dropout rate 33 M turnover / year m 2 learning environments 45 development projects 11

12 Current international projects PriVIS Prime Vocational and International Skills ( ) EU/Erasmus+ mobility project for 54 students and 14 staff Budget: 126,000 IDEAL Integrating Digital Education in Adult Literacy ( ) EU/Erasmus+ strategic partnership project with 6 partners from the EU, Luksia as the Coordinator Budget: 197,000 12

13 Student mobility in students abroad for more than 2 weeks (usually 4-12 weeks) Spain, Slovenia, Netherlands, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Tanzania, France, Ireland, Thailand, US, Canada, and Russia 25 incoming foreign students (3-12 weeks) Spain, France, Estonia Funding: Self-financing, Erasmus+, projects supported by the Board of Education 13

14 International networks China network ChiNet Student and teacher mobility to China (Shanghai / Suzhou region) Metal and machinery, tourism and hospitality, business and administration, hotel, restaurant and catering fields 7 partners from Finland and 3 from China Russia network AKKUNA Student and teacher mobility to Russia Skills competition cooperation Canada network Student and teacher mobility to Canada Several fields: cookery, business and administration, beauty, car mechanics 14

15 International networks KEVA Network promoting development cooperation, volunteering and global education in vocational education Student and teacher mobility to developing countries eg. Tanzania, Namibia, Nepal Taitumo network Student and teacher mobility in the field of crafts and design 10 education providers from Finland, partners mostly in the EU METELI network Network for developing international activities in the fields of technology and transport 6 education providers from Finland, partners in the EU (Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Denmark) 15

16 Luksia s international strategy Vision In 2015 international activities are an integral part of everyday functions in Luksia Strategic development objectives 1. Quality of learning and international competences 2. Mobility of students and staff 3. International networks 16

17 1. Quality of learning Objective: To develop the quality of learning according to the needs of the globalizing working life to improve the students international competences (eg. language skills, cultural skills and cultural knowledge) Developing a preparatory course for students international mobility: International competences and intercultural communication Developing study modules in English 17

18 2. International mobility Objective: To enable interested students to participate in international activities and on-the-job learning abroad in all fields of study. Developing international skills of teachers and other staff members supports student mobility and development of vocational competences. In at least 3 % of Luksia s staff will carry out a mobility period of minimum 5 days abroad. In at least 5 % of students (annual intake) will carry out a mobility period of minimum two weeks abroad. In Luksia will receive at least 2 % of foreign students (annual intake) Lasse Luennoitsija

19 3. International networks Objective: To extend the international cooperation network to new partners and countries as well as to function actively in national and international networks. In Luksia will agree on cooperation with at least five (5) multidisciplinary vocational institutions and join at least five (5) international networks 19

20 Steps to develop international activities Developing international competences of the personnel Improving the possibilities for students mobility Internationalizing regional business life International development projects Peer-learning from other education providers Developing e-learning Promoting internationalization at home 20

21 1. Developing international competences of the personnel Language training Information on international training possibilities and grants Teacher exchange and project cooperation with foreign partners International Skills competitions International fairs Education in English Teachers on-the-job learning periods abroad 21

22 2. Improving the possibilities for students mobility Applying for funding from different sources (EU Lifelong Learning Programme, Board of Education, Nordplus) Information and communication on international possibilities and guidance of students Reliable relations with foreign cooperation partners Supporting practical functions related to mobility Participating in national and international networks 22

23 3. Internationalizing regional business life International students in companies: Company personnel can improve their communication, language and cultural skills Businesses can develop and strengthen their international networks Objective: in 2015 companies and other employers in the region receive at least 5 % foreign students of the amount of Luksia s annual intake 23

24 4. International development projects For example: Common study modules with international partner organizations Themes such as entrepreneurship education, prevention of marginalization, sustainable development, multi-culturalism and work-based immigration Objective: in 2015 Luksia will coordinate at least one development project and will take part in other international projects. 24

25 5. Peer-learning from other education providers Improving quality and impact of international activities Common projects, meetings and information exchange Participating in networks and fora such as Future Learning Finland, AMKE International network, events and seminars organized by CIMO and the Board of Education 25

26 5. Developing e-learning Virtual learning environments Enable international education taking place in Finland in cooperation with international partners Online connections with partner colleges Reduces the carbon footprint through cutting the un-necessary flights 26

27 6. Promoting internationalization at home Students and staff can acquire international skills and competences also in Finland Theme days and events Eg. UN day (24.10.), Europe day (9.5.), information events for new students Students and teachers with immigrant background International tutors Helping foreign students in practical matters Comenius programme assistant teachers Global education Cooperation with non-governmental organizations; school visitors, study materials and activities on global 27 themes for different classes

28 FIELDS OF EDUCATION

29 Fields of vocational education and training in Luksia, Vocational College Technology, Communications and Transport Social Sciences, Business and Administration Natural Sciences Social Services, Health and Sports Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services Culture 29

30 TECHNOLOGY, COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORT Vocational Qualifications in: Construction Builder Building Maintenance Technology Heating, Plumbing and Ventilation Engineering

31 TECHNOLOGY, COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORT Vocational Qualifications in: Metalwork and Machinery Machinists, plate-welders Electrical and Automation Engineering Electrician, Automation Assembler

32 TECHNOLOGY, COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORT Logistics Driver, Articulated Vehicle Driver Vehicle Technology Vehicle mechanic Safety and Security Security officers

33 TECHNOLOGY, COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORT Chemical Engineering Process operator Laboratory Technology Laborant Surface Treatment Technology Painting

34 SOCIAL SCIENCES, BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration Study programmes: Customer Services and Marketing Office Services and Information Management NATURAL SCIENCES Vocational Qualification in Information and Communications Technology Study programme: Software Development (gaming)

35 SOCIAL SERVICES, HEALTH AND SPORTS Vocational Qualification in Social and Health Care Practical Nurse Study programmes: Care and Education for Children and Youth Mental Health and Substance Abuse Welfare Work Nursing and Care

36 SOCIAL SERVICES, HEALTH AND SPORTS Vocational Qualification in Hair Care

37 TOURISM, CATERING AND DOMESTIC SERVICES Vocational Qualification in the Tourism Industry Travel Counsellor

38 TOURISM, CATERING AND DOMESTIC SERVICES Vocational Qualification in Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Services Waiter/Waitress Cook

39 CULTURE Vocational Qualification in Crafts and Design Artisan Study programmes: Handicraft Design and Production Textile Clothing Wood Artisan Metal Artisan Environmental Design and Construction Interior Decoration and Renovation

40 Vocational Qualification in Crafts and Design

41 CULTURE Vocational Qualification in Audiovisual Communication Media Assistant

42 More information? Material in English on education in Finland by the Finnish Board of Education: 42

43 CONTACT Ms. Riikka Suhonen Coordinator of International Affairs Toivonkatu Lohja Finland Tel Skype: luksia.international

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