We had an honour to be part of European Vocational Skills Week 14–18.10.2019. Main event was in Finlandia-talo where we represented Finnish vocational teacher education with OAJ, The Trade Union of Education and other universities of applied sciences who educate vocational teachers in Finland.
The participants of the event were ministers, teachers, experts and actors of vocational education & training from all over Europe. We had many interesting discussions at Finlandia-talo, participants were specifically interested in high education of Finnish vocational teachers, our export of education and changing role of the teacher, to mention a few.
As part of the week, we also had two groups visiting in Haaga-Helia to get closer look to our education, research, development & innovation work and commercial activities. Our director Jari Laukia´s message was that in every European country there should be a systematic, pedagogical vocational teacher education.
The other important point was that vocational education should be more appreciated alongside academic world. He quoted Finnish thinker J.V. Snellman "Academic thinking changes ideas and ideologies. Academic thinking together with practical working skills changes life and reality".