Skills Finland is a non-profit organisation. Skills Finland promotes the appreciation of Finnish vocational education and skills both in Finland and abroad. The association, founded in 1993, works together with partners with similar values and goals and an interest in promoting craftsmanship.
Skills Finland members and supporters include the Ministry of Education and Culture, the National Board of Education, vocational institutions and the most important labour and education organisations.
The national Taitaja competition, held each year, attract the most attention towards the association’s activities. It is through Taitaja competition, for instance, that vocational institution students can move on to training for international skills competitions. Skills Finland makes the travel arrangements for the Finnish national team and coordinates and develops training. The arrangement of the 2005 World Championship Competition in Vocational Skills, held in Helsinki, was a special challenge for the association.
The Chairman of the Board is Counsellor of Education Ms. Seija Rasku from the Ministry of Education and Culture. In addition to members from the National Board of Education and representatives of vocational education, also trade unions as well as student and teacher unions have seats on the association’s board.
The board of Skills Finland has 5 to 6 meetings per year. The members of the board are committed to supporting the purpose of the association and acting in line with its goals. The board handles the association’s affairs according to laws and rules and the association’s decisions.
The working committee is in charge of preparative work for the board. It assembles 9 to 10 times per year and makes decisions within its granted authority. The working committee follows up on the implementation of the association’s action plan, performance goals, budget and cash position on an operational level.