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Taitaja 2012 – Finnish National Skills Competition attracts giant audience in Jyväskylä Print E-mail
Friday, 27 April 2012 09:03
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The Taitaja 2012 - Finnish National Skills Competition at Jyväskylän Paviljonki International Congress and Trade Fair Centre attracted 42 027 visitors over three days. Visitor numbers for day two of the event, over 20 000, puts it in the same category as the Finnish round of the World Rally Championship, Neste Oil Rally Finland, in terms of visitors per day.

Mr Esko Junttila, Competition Director of the Taitaja 2012 event, says that the massive gathering went successfully and according to plan. The number of visitors clearly exceeded the target of 30 000 set by the organisers.

"At this year's Taitaja event the emphasis was on close cooperation with working life, and this was reflected among other things in the worklife-related competition tasks. Students made a prominent contribution to the event both at the arrangements stage and while the competition was in progress", says Junttila of the three-day event.

Taitaja - Finnish National Skills Competition for young people is the country's largest annual event in the field of education and training. In Jyväskylä 400 youngsters from 42 fields competed to become Finnish champion in their category. Accompanying the main event was the TaitajaPLUS vocational skills competition for those with special needs, as well as the Taitaja9 competition in which over 100 comprehensive school ninth graders competed in craftsmanship. Taitaja 2012 attracted the largest number of foreign entrants in the history of the Taitaja event.

"A really large number of international visitors attended the event in Jyväskylä to learn more about arranging a national-level skills competition", Junttila reveals.

The arrangements for Taitaja 2012 were made by Jyväskylä Educational Consortium in partnership with business and educational institutions in Central Finland. The organisation backing the Taitaja event was Skills Finland ry. The 2013 Taitaja event will be staged in Joensuu.

Potential employees found at the event

Ms Tiina Salonen, Deputy Managing Director of Vähälä Yhtiöt - Vähälä Logistics, one of Taitaja 2012's headline partners, says the company found potential subcontractors, workers and trainees at the event. The gathering also provided the company with new orders for transport.

"When the competition is over we'll continue our negotiations with potential subcontractors and staff", states Salonen.

At the Taitaja 2012 event the company launched the Like Yourself a Job at Vähälä competition on its Facebook page. This opens an opportunity for young people to become acquainted with the logistics branch and Vähälä as a company as well as earn some summer holiday money at the same time. The competition continues until May 18th.

200 detached houses worth of hot water

Mr Leo Potkonen, Managing Director of Jyväskylän Messut Oy - Jyväskylä Fair Ltd, comments that the Taitaja 2012 event was technically one of the most demanding in Jyväskylän Paviljonki's history.

"Our capacity was more than adequate. For instance, there were more compressed air connections than for years at a professional fair and more hot water points than ever before at Jyväskylän Paviljonki. The hot water capacity on offer at the competition venue was the equivalent of 200 detached houses", Potkonen underlines.

Further information:

Mr Esko Junttila, Competition Director, Taitaja 2012, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium, tel. +358 40 341 5603
Ms Tiina Salonen, Deputy Managing Director, Vähälä Yhtiöt - Vähälä Logistics, tel. +358 400 935 003
Mr Leo Potkonen, Managing Director, Jyväskylän Messut Oy - Jyväskylä Fair Ltd, tel. +358 500 499 964

Background material for the media://www.taitaja2012.fi/fi/tiedotus/taustamateriaalia-viestimille
Photo bank: www.taitaja2012.fi/kuvat. The photo bank will feature pictures of all participants in the Finnish National Skills Competition while competing, as well as pictures of the event (print quality).
Social media: facebook.com/taitaja2012 and twitter.com/taitaja2012

Taitaja 2012 is Finland's largest annual event in the field of education and training. 30 000 people are expected to attend. At the Finnish National Skills Competition 400 young people from 42 fields will attempt to win the Finnish championship in their category. Accompanying the main event is the TaitajaPLUS vocational skills competition for those with special needs, as well as the Taitaja9 competition in which 100 comprehensive school ninth graders will compete in craftsmanship.

The Taitaja 2012 Jyväskylä event is organised by Jyväskylä Educational Consortium in partnership with business and educational institutions in Central Finland. The organisation backing the Taitaja event is Skills Finland ry. Admission to the event is free.

Jyväskylä Educational Consortium provides vocational and upper secondary education for 22 000 students. The consortium's vocational institutes are Jyväskylä Institute of Adult Education, Jyväskylä College, Jämsä College, Jyväskylä Apprenticeship Training Centre and Jyväskylä Driving Instructor College. Jyväskylä Educational Consortium's general upper secondary schools are Cygnaeus upper secondary school, Jyväskylä upper secondary school for adults, Jyväskylän Lyseo upper secondary school, Seppä upper secondary school, Tikkakoski upper secondary school and Voionmaa upper secondary school.
Taitaja 2012 - The Finnish National Skills Competition 24.-26.4. at Jyväskylän Paviljonki, Tue 9-17, Wed 9-18 and Thu 8-14. Admission is free.

 

 
”A careers college would reduce wrong career choices and bring young people into the labour market at an earlier stage” Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 07:42
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Honorary Counsellor Jorma Nokkala puts forward a model of study for Finland in which young people could test their skills and focuses of interest before choosing what to study.

The Chair of the Board of Nokka-Yhtiöt Oy, Honorary Counsellor Mr Jorma Nokkala has suggested a model for vocational education and training which would reduce incorrect study path choices made by young people and allow them to enter the labour market more quickly. Nokkala put forward the new model at the Taitaja 2012 - Finnish National Skills Competition in Jyväskylä on Tuesday, April 24th.

According to Nokkala, who serves as a board member of Teknologiateollisuus ry - The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, careers colleges could be established in Finland at which on finishing compulsory comprehensive education young people could spend a year, for instance, trying out in practice their strengths and focuses of interest via tasks in different branches. In this way they would find their own field with much greater certainty than at present. The model would provide support in particular for those young people who have not yet settled on a vocational field by the time they finish compulsory schooling.

From a careers college a young person could continue to study at a vocational institute, apply to another educational institution or become an entrepreneur.

"At a careers college a young person would develop an understanding, with an eye to his or her future career, of whether he or she is more interested in theory or practice. A careers college would cut down the number of wrong choices when deciding on a career and allow them as a result to enter the job market earlier. At the same time it would be beneficial to the public purse since young people would not follow courses of study which do not support the things that hold their interest. Youngsters who have found the correct branch would also be motivated to pursue an ascending professional path", says Nokkala, who has run his own business since 1967.

In his view the model would help enterprises to recruit skilled personnel at the right time for the tasks of the right kind. Furthermore, enterprises would obtain workers with a higher degree of expertise and motivation than previously.

Nokkala suggests that careers colleges could function as a part of vocational institutes. There would be no need to set up a new, separate educational organisation for such colleges. Implementation of this model would necessitate close cooperation between different educational institutions.

Taitaja - Finnish National Skills Competition event helps in making career decisions

The Taitaja - Finnish National Skills Competition event is a showcase for professional expertise and offers a marvellous overview of the various professions. The event highlights the different study and career opportunities offered by vocational education and, in consequence, supports young people in choosing a place to continue their studies. At the same time the event makes visible the skills required in different professions as well as the reforms implemented in vocational education and training and assists in making these changes part of colleges' everyday life.

"The Taitaja event, the semi-finals that precede it and the preparation for the competitions promote cooperation between education and working life, encourage students to constantly develop their professional expertise and motivate teachers. Simultaneously a fantastic opportunity opens up for networking nationally and internationally and comparing one's own skills to those of others", says the Chair of the Board of Skills Finland ry, Honorary Counsellor Ms Seija Rasku from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Rasku points out that during skills competitions and the run-up to them positive experiences accrue and new, innovative ways of supporting vocational aptitude and the development of professional expertise are generated. These experiences are pulled together, turned into a model and put to good use in the development of vocational education and training.

Further information:

Chair of the Board, Honorary Counsellor Mr Jorma Nokkala, Nokka-Yhtiöt Oy, tel. +358 44 762 4501
Chair of the Board of Skills Finland ry, Honorary Counsellor Ms Seija Rasku, Ministry of Education and Culture, tel. +358 400 958 845

Background material for the media: www.taitaja2012.fi/fi/tiedotus/taustamateriaalia-viestimille
Photo bank: www.taitaja2012.fi/kuvat. The photo bank will feature pictures of all participants in the Finnish National Skills Competition while competing, as well as pictures of the event (print quality).
Social media: facebook.com/taitaja2012 and twitter.com/taitaja2012

Taitaja 2012 is Finland's largest annual event in the field of education and training. 30 000 people are expected to attend. At the Finnish National Skills Competition 400 young people from 42 fields will attempt to win the Finnish championship in their category. Accompanying the main event is the TaitajaPLUS vocational skills competition for those with special needs, as well as the Taitaja9 competition in which 100 comprehensive school ninth graders will compete in craftsmanship.

The Taitaja 2012 Jyväskylä event is organised by Jyväskylä Educational Consortium in partnership with business and educational institutions in Central Finland. The organisation backing the Taitaja event is Skills Finland ry. Admission to the event is free.

Jyväskylä Educational Consortium provides vocational and upper secondary education for 22 000 students. The consortium's vocational institutes are Jyväskylä Institute of Adult Education, Jyväskylä College, Jämsä College, Jyväskylä Apprenticeship Training Centre and Jyväskylä Driving Instructor College. Jyväskylä Educational Consortium's general upper secondary schools are Cygnaeus upper secondary school, Jyväskylä upper secondary school for adults, Jyväskylän Lyseo upper secondary school, Seppä upper secondary school, Tikkakoski upper secondary school and Voionmaa upper secondary school.

Taitaja2012 - The Finnish National Skills Competition 24.-26.4. at Jyväskylän Paviljonki, Tue 9-17, Wed 9-18 and Thu 8-14. Admission is free.

 
Taitaja 2012 – The Finnish National Skills Competition gets briskly under way Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 06:55
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Winning team in the Taitaja9 competition to be decided on Tuesday

The hair stylists will be busy creating a "Glamour for the dance floor" hairdo, in the animal care category the public can watch as dogs are groomed and cows milked, in the landscaping area 40 tonnes of crushed aggregate and 20 skip loads of wall stone will be transformed into terrace parks, the pastry chefs can be seen turning out mini pastries that are a delight to the eye.

All this and much, much more is in prospect when Taitaja 2012 - The Finnish National Skill Competition begins and the doors open to the public on Tuesday 24.4. at 9.00 at Jyväskylän Paviljonki International Congress and Trade Fair Centre. On offer is an opportunity to see and experience 50 professions, follow exciting battles for Finnish championships in skills and enjoy a comprehensive programme of activities.

The event's official patron is Minister of Labour Lauri Ihalainen and its theme is "make the best choice of your life". The aim is to encourage young people and indeed all those seeking a new career to find themselves a suitable place to study and a profession.

Ninth graders feel the heat

On the first day of proceedings one event not to be missed is the Taitaja9 competition for ninth graders. This involves 36 teams of three from all over Finland battling it out in tough craftsmanship tasks. The competition begins at nine and the winner will be known by around four in the afternoon.

As in previous years the competition will include fascinating tasks, unrelenting effort and a great deal for onlookers to enjoy. The competition tasks will not be revealed until Tuesday, but in last year's final, for instance, the teams folded bed linen, put together a log carrier stand, decorated a cake and changed the inner tube on the front wheel of a bicycle.

A particular sparkle to this year's Taitaja9 final is brought by the fact that in 2012 the competition is celebrating its 10th anniversary, which will also be reflected in the tasks that have to be accomplished. Maintaining an upbeat atmosphere throughout the day will be the responsibility of Radio NRJ's morning show presenters Anssi and Renne, who will host the competition.

Event starts with a bang

Tuesday also sees a full-speed start to the Finnish National Skills Competition, in which 400 competitors will be vying to become Finnish champion in 42 categories. The results will be forthcoming on Thursday.

In addition to the various competitions the Taitaja 2012 event offers spectators a great deal more to enjoy: See and Try points, an education and careers market, live performances on stage, bulletins and seminars, a special performance of the Forest Camp musical to get things started on Tuesday, and the Best Choice concert headlined by female pop artist Chisu on Wednesday.

During the event Taitaja 2012 means work for 100 category chiefs and deputies as well as 1 000 officials. The majority of these are Jyväskylä Educational Consortium's staff or students, for whom the gathering is part of their studies and a launch pad for development of their own expertise. Some 30 000 visitors are expected over the three days of the event.

Further information:

Mr Esko Junttila, Competition Director, Taitaja 2012, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium, tel. +358 40 341 5603

Ms Niina Luttinen, Communications Officer, Taitaja 2012, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium, tel. +358 40 341 5133

Website: www.taitaja2012.fi

Background material for the media://www.taitaja2012.fi/fi/tiedotus/taustamateriaalia-viestimille

Photo bank: www.taitaja2012.fi/kuvat. The photo bank will feature pictures of all participants in the Finnish National Skills Competition while competing, as well as pictures of the event (print quality).

Social media: facebook.com/taitaja2012 ja twitter.com/taitaja2012

Taitaja 2012 is the Finland's largest annual event in the field of education and training. 30 000 people are expected to attend. At the Finnish National Skills Competition 400 young people from 42 fields will attempt to win the Finnish championship in their category. Accompanying the main event is the TaitajaPLUS vocational skills competition for those with special needs, as well as the Taitaja9 competition in which 100 comprehensive school ninth graders will compete in craftsmanship.

The Taitaja 2012 Jyväskylä event is organised by Jyväskylä Educational Consortium in partnership with business and educational institutions in Central Finland. The organisation backing the Taitaja event is Skills Finland ry.

Jyväskylä Educational Consortium provides vocational and upper secondary education for 22 000 students. The consortium's vocational institutes are Jyväskylä Institute of Adult Education, Jyväskylä College, Jämsä College, Jyväskylä Apprenticeship Training Centre and Jyväskylä Driving Instructor College. Jyväskylä Educational Consortium's general upper secondary schools are Cygnaeus upper secondary school, Jyväskylä upper secondary school for adults, Jyväskylän Lyseo upper secondary school, Seppä upper secondary school, Tikkakoski upper secondary school and Voionmaa upper secondary school.

Taitaja 2012 - The Finnish National Skills Competition 24.-26.4. at Jyväskylän Paviljonki, Tue 9-17, Wed 9-18 and Thu 8-14. Admission is free.

 
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