Vocational skills competitions increase the appeal of and appreciation for vocational education. Competitions allow everyone to see the different professions vocational education and training (VET) provides qualifications for and the kind of competence and career opportunities students gain from VET. At the same time, competitions help shape vocational education and training and are a good way of highlighting needed reforms in vocational education.
Seija Rasku, Chairman of the board of Skills Finland and Counselor of Education at the Ministry of Culture and Education
Exchange students to SIngapore, competitions in China and education export to Brazil. This is what occurs when the growth in skills and competitiveness is recorded in the strategy of a school.
"It gives us contactss with every one of the 76 other countries that participate in the competition. Networks are useful, for example, when we seek out student and teacher exchanges and work placements for students."
"They are able to see what type of vocational skills and pedagogic skills exist in other countries, improve their skills and update their knowledge. Networking is extremely important in today's world"
Hannu Immonen, Finland's technical delegate in the WorldSkills Competition
A lot more people participate in the Taitaja competition than just competitors and those who promote the competition. In the Taitaja2016 event in Seinäjoki, 110 students from Sedu Educationwere completing Finnish, Ethics and elective courses by facilitating career paths for nearly 4,000 junior high school students. They were mentored by guidance counsellor, Sedu's acting Head of Education Anne Rintala and her colleague, Project Manager Sini Rauhala.
"The students really liked facilitating the career paths. Many commented how wonderful it was that they had the courage to participate. They also learned something about organising events as well."
Anne Rintala, Guidance Counsellor and Sedu's acting Head of Education
Hairdressing students at Stadin ammattiopisto can complete the course by, for example, competing in Taitaja competitions and other competitions and by carrying out different types of projects, such as shows and well-being events.
"I wanted to complete the module, because I was interested in competing. I participated in Taitaja2017 semi-finals and I served in the finals as an assistant to an Italian competitor. It improved my technical skills and I learned to believe in myself in a new way. In the Taitaja finals, I learned co-operation skills and was able to create relationships. I met a photographer through the competition and have done makeup work for his advertising photo shoots after the competition."
Veera Rantanen, third-year hair care student at Stadin ammattiopisto
Read more in the publication Best practices for educational institutions for competition.