30 August 2019
The International Tampere Skills Centre — which was launched last spring by Tredu, the City of Tampere Employment Services and the Employment and Economic Development Office — has had a good start. Over 850 people whose mother tongue is a foreign language have already used the centre’s services. There is a need for these kinds of services as 7.7% of current Tampere residents and 23% of new residents moving to Tampere speak a language other than Finnish as their mother tongue.
The International Tampere Skills Centre provides guidance and coaching for Tampere residents who are native speakers of a foreign language to help them start studying or find work. As part of the skills centre cooperation, Tredu provides multi-professional competence recognition services and guidance as well as training courses that are tailored for the Skills Centre. In connection with the Skills Centre, Tredu also works to develop vocational special education, services for identifying learning difficulties and social rehabilitation services for immigrants.
The International Tampere Skills Centre is responsible for speeding up the educational and employment paths of Tampere residents who are native speakers of a foreign language as well as ensuring a sufficient workforce in the Tampere Region. The Skills Centre also works to prevent marginalisation.
The new Government Programme states that guidance, skills centre activities and the competence recognition services for immigrants are to be strengthened. Tredu wants to develop its services together with various parties and actively carries out pilot projects, such as with Demola, the Tampere-based innovation platform. Demola takes part in the cus-tomer-oriented development of the Skills Centre. In addition, a new and socially significant guidance and learning envi-ronment is currently being developed at Hiedanranta.
Luis Pérez Noyola is originally from Mexico. He moved to Finland around 10 years ago, first to Kitee and then to Tampe-re via the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. In his home country, Pérez Noyola studied linguistics and tourism management. He is qualified to teach Spanish, Italian and English.
After moving to Tampere, he obtained a teaching qualification from the University of Tampere. A friend from university told him about a digital skills course that was starting soon at Tredu. The course supported participants in finding work: during the course, the participants prepared for job interviews, improved their CVs and finally made a video CV. All in all, Pérez Noyola felt that he was able to strengthen his digital competence during the course.
- Because I was at Tredu, I decided to ask them if they could offer me work. I was surprised to be contacted a couple of weeks later and asked to start work on the same day. At first, I was offered work for two weeks, but now I have a more long-term position.
At the moment, Pérez Noyola teaches sales, customer service and tourism in an English-language training programme at Tredu’s Pyynikki campus. He has also taught Spanish courses of various levels at the Tampere Region Adult Education Centre for many years.
- I want to tell those who are looking for work not to be afraid. Try to keep an open mind and be honest when telling others about yourself. I recommend meeting employers in person. That is the best way to find work!
29 August 2019
Pinja Harakkamäki, who graduated as a laboratory technician from Tampere Vocational College Tredu last spring, took silver in Chemical Laboratory Technology at WorldSkills, the world championship for vocational skills. The 2019 WorldSkills competition was held in Kazan, Russia, in late August.
Competitors representing Finland also received seven Medallions of Excellence for above-average results in their skill. The Finnish national team included 27 competitors and three team leaders. Minna Alanko-Pirinen, a teacher at Tredu, was one of the team leaders. Two experts from Tredu also took part in the competition: Kimmo Koskinen participated as an expert in Graphic Design Technology, and Leena Kainulainen participated as an expert in Chemical Laboratory Technology, the same skill that Harakkamäki competed in. A total of 25 experts from Finland took part in the competition this year. The team also included around 20 people who carried out other duties for the competition organisation and Skills Finland.
- I was able to do well in the competition thanks to my training, and a dose of good old Finnish sisu (= grit, perseverance). I trusted my skills and enjoyed every moment. I am proud of my competence. Taking part in the competition was a unique experience and taught me a lot, says Pinja Harakkamäki.
The fact that the instructions were in English and the schedule was tight made the competition more challenging. When it comes to looking for work, Harakkamäki believes that the experience of having taken part in the competition will show that she is competent, courageous and confident. Now that the competition is over, Harakkamäki plans to take a gap year, after which she will start looking for work and potentially pursue further studies in chemistry.
Leena Kainulainen considers the competition an opportunity to see the level of skill in one’s field around the world. In addition to that, networking and the exchange of ideas and experiences regarding training and standards are also a valuable part of the experience.
The competitors come together to form a team during the year before the competition. According to Team Leader Minna Alanko-Pirinen, the competition gives young skilled students who are interested in challenging themselves an opportunity to develop and show their skills. Team leaders ensure that participants can focus solely on the competition by dealing with practical matters and providing support during the competition.
- The team consists of skilled and intelligent young people. The most skilled people in different fields tend share some qualities, including at least ambition and competitiveness. The national team camps and the competition itself went well, says Alanko-Pirinen.
At the world championship, competitors, teachers and educational institutions have the oppor-tunity to compare their practices and the quality of their work internationally. Achievements at the competition speak of the quality of the training and show that the institution also invests in their top talent. New contacts in Finland and abroad may lead to future job opportunities.
For further information, please contact:
Team Leader Minna Alanko-Pirinen
tel. +358 (0)40 800 7461