Competence Journey – Developing Career Guidance Competencies
The focus of this project is building up the career guidance and counselling competencies of guidance personnel in multivocational public guidance services and educational institutions. The aim is to increase co-operation in the longterm guidance processes especially in transition phases both into and within the educational system from 1st to 3rd tier education and work life in order to guarantee high-quality guidance to everyone in need regardless of age or educational background. The development work will be carried out in cooperation with different actors (VET, public guidance services, project personnel, end users).
- Increased regional and local co-operation between all career guidance providers regionally
- Online training course for personal career paths guidance
- A digital Open Badge for career guidance competence
The primary focus group is counselors working within various counselling services. Teachers and counsellors within comprehensive school level and upper secondary education (general and vocational) are also the target group. The secondary focus groups are students and people that use guidance services, teacher and counsellor students.
The project organisations are: Finland Futures Research Centre/University of Turku (coordinator), Häme University of Applied Sciences, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Foundation for studies and education research (OTUS), Raahe Vocational Institute, Sedu Education and Vocational College Lappia.
Project is carried out during 1 August 2020–30 April 2022 and is funded by ESF/ELY Centre of North Ostrobothnia.
For further information contact: Research Manager Johanna Ollila, Finland Futures Research Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org
OSATA – Paths to the future (Osaamispolkuja tulevaisuuteen)
The project has ended 31.12.2019. For further information contact: Project Specialist Sari Miettinen, Finland Futures Research Centre, email@example.com
Vocational education and training (VET) in Finland have been undergoing a change towards personalised studies and degrees. This meant also identifying and acknowledging of previously acquired skills. The importance of skills is growing in work life and both students and staff in vocational education institutions need tools in organizing studies to support the development of valid personal skill sets.
OSATA project produced understanding of the development of competence and skill-related identities needed in the changing work life. Future-oriented tools and pedagogical models to support the students in becoming future professionals were developed within the project.
Project materials in English:
- Guiding others towards the future of working life – The toolkit for project OSATA educator training, spring 2019 (pdf)
- Tulevaisuuden taidot – Skills of the Future – Framtidens kunskaper -video (2019, 5.47 min)
- Osaamisen aika – The New Era of Competence – Dags för kunnande -video (2019, 5.33 min)
Project results are
1) visibility for skills and informal learning previously unnoticed in vocational training
2) tools for students in building their personal goals and skill sets for their future education and careers
3) information on skills needed in future work life and tools for students and teachers in using it
4) tools and framework for VET institutions and their personnel to support the development of skill-related identities and work life skills of their students
The primary focus groups were
1) students in secondary education
2) vocational education teachers and counselors as well as vocational adult education teachers and counselors
OSATA project organisations were
Finland Futures Research Centre/University of Turku, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Foundation for studies and education research (OTUS), Raahe Vocational Institute, Sedu Education and Vocational College Lappia.
Cooperation partners were: National Union of Vocational Students in Finland (SAKKI), the Finnish national union for students in vocational upper secondary (OSKU) and University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland (SAMOK).
OSATA – Osaamispolkuja tulevaisuuteen (Paths to the future) (2016–2019). Project was partly funded by ESF/ELY Centre of North Ostrobothnia.