Thoughts regarding cooperation between companies and educational institutions in the National Skills Competition Taitaja

Why is putting Effort into skills competitions worthwhile?

”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

How do companies benefit from vocational skills competitions

”This is one way for companies to get in contact with VET in a neutral manner and have the opportunity to develop education. We are also able to test our devices on students. At the same time competitions are an excellent recruitment channel. We have hired competitors in many countries."

Kim Holm, Regional Manager for Northern Europa and Eastern Africa at Festo Didactic

We wouldn't be here without our experiences in competitions

Participation in WorldSkills competition helped Mikko Hietala to get a job. In 2012, Mr. Hietala purchased what is now MBakery bakery and café space from a friend, who had gotten to know at competitions.

While acting as an expert at Taitaja competition in Turku in 2015, Mr. Hietala knew that he needed more staff to MBakery. Emeliina Papinniemi proved to be very skilled and seemed like a person, who would fit in with the rest of the MBakery team.

Ms. Papinniemi laso competed in Finland's national culinary team in autumn 2016 at Culinary Olympics and won silver. At WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, she won gold medal, and was Best of Nation. Mikko Hietala was one of her trainers.