European Training and Cooperation Activities (TCA) Erasmus+ Seminar

“Promoting VET Excellence through Skills Competitions”

May 8th – 11th 2023 organized in cooperation with Finnish National Agency for Education, Skills Finland and Omnia.

Participation only by invitation.

The seminar brings together 70 participants from 23 different European countries representing various expertise in the field of vocational education and skills development.

In addition to addressing the gained Vocational Excellence in the framework of Skills Competitions the seminar contributes to the European year of Skills 2023 proposing and supporting measures such as

The seminar approaches skills development in a holistic way: skills that help for professional development, including basic and social skills, but also skills that all citizens need in their daily lives, including life and transversal skills, and skills to strengthen sustainability, democracy, and social inclusion.

The seminar supports the creation of new networks and project idea as well as facilitating the planning of future cooperation in the context of the Erasmus+ programme.


Monday, 8th May/Official Opening Reception

Opening of the seminar, Ms. Päivi Korhonen, Director of Public Affairs, Omnia

Presenting the organisers:

  • Ms. Sari Turunen-Zwinger, Head of Unit, Finnish National Agency for Education
  • Ms. Maria Ekroth, CEO, Skills Finland
  • Ms. Tuula Antola, General Director, Omnia and Mr. Thomas Vasenius, Taitaja2023 Competition Director
  • Networking; Ms. Sari Rehèll and Mr. Mika Heino, International Affairs Specialists, Omnia

Dinner; Get Together Buffet

Tuesday, 9th May

  • 09:15 – 09:30  Welcome and Opening words of the Seminar
    • Ms. Kati Valtonen, Head of International and Project Services, Omnia
  • 09:30 – 09:45 Presentation of the seminar objectives and the agenda
    • Ms. Sari Rehèll, International Affairs Specialist and Mr. Mika Heino, International Affairs Specialist
  • 09:45 – 10:45  Keynote: Future needs of Skills in the Transformation of Working Life
  • 10:45 – 11:00  Reflection to the Keynote: The point of view from the Vocational Education perspective
    • Ms. Hanna Autere, Counsellor of Education, Finnish National Agency for Education
  • 11:15 – 12:30 Building excellence through Skills Competitions and Individual Experiences of Learning Benefits and Skills Development: Presenting the perspectives of the educational institution as well of the teacher and the learner
    • Ms. Teija Ripattila, Chair of the Board, World Skills Europe
    • Ms. Maria Ekroth, CEO, Skills Finland ry
    • Ms. Marja Hemmi, Director of Hospitality and Culinary Education at Perho
    • Ms. Margit Tennosaar, Teacher, Helsinki Business College
    • Mr. Heikki Miinalainen, Competitor of Web Technology
  • 12:30 – 14:00  Lunch at Restaurant Henricus
  • 14:00 – 15:15  Tour of SEVE-n Learning Environments of Omnia
    • Omnia Team of International Affairs Specialists
  • 15:15 – 15:30  Coffee break
  • 15:30 – 15:40  Success Plan, the New Strategy of Omnia: Enhancing the development of skills and cooperation with working life for the future skills
    • Ms. Tuula Antola, General Director, Omnia
  • 15:40 – 16:00 Individual Learning Pathways to VET Excellence: Addressing the key element of Finnish Vocational Education System including the Study Unit of “Working as a Top Performer”
    • Mr. Mika Heino, International Affairs Specialist, Omnia
  • 16:00 – 16:30  Skills Development and Job Market Needs of the future
    • Mr. Kari Nyyssölä, Senior Advisor, Foresight Unit, Finnish National Agency for Education
  • 16:30 – 17:15  Vocational Education and Needs for Future Skills in Ukraine
    • Ms. Viktoriia Karbysheva, Head of the Expert Group on Education Content and Quality Assurance, VET Directorate, Ministry of Education and Science
    • Ms. Valeriia Shmatova, Senior specialist on public relations and press, Association of Enterprises Ukrmetalurgprom
  • 17:15 – 17:20  Thank you for the day and information about the evening
  • 17:30  Transportation to the hotel

Wednesday, 10th March

  • 09:00 – 12:30 Taitaja2023: Visits to two different locations; Automobile Technology at Suomenoja and other Skills Categories at Tapiola Sports Park.
  • 13:00 – 14:00  Lunch at Kalastajatorppa
  • 14:30  Transportation to the afternoon venue Kiasma
  • 15:00 – 15:10  Introduction to the Programme
  • 15:10 – 16:00  TaitajaPLUS: Skills categories, aimed at students in need of special support, the competition length is slightly shorter than usual, and the competitor’s special needs are considered
    • Mr. Petteri Ora, Development Director of Kiipula Foundation and a member of the board of IAF EXCO
    • Mr. Jussi Väisänen, Coach
  • 16:00 – 16:30 Keynote: Meta Skills and Entrepreneurship
    • Ms. Satu Järvinen, Founder of SkillsSafari
  • 16:30  Coffee Break
  • 16:45 – 17:00  Governance for Inclusive VET Excellence (GIVE): Teachable Practices of Transition to Work for Inclusive Vocational Excellence
    • Ms. Sari Rehèll, Unit Coordinator of GIVE project
  • 17:00 – 17:30  Collective Exercise for Future Cooperation and Project Ideas
    • Ms. Sari Rehèll, International Affairs Specialist, Omnia
    • Mr. Mika Heino, International Affairs Specialist, Omnia
  • 17:30 Closing statements and the end of the seminar

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