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The Finnish National Qualifications Framework (NQF) – A comprehensive and concise description

The Finnish National Framework for Qualifications and Other Competence Modules (FiNQF) was formally adopted on 1 March 2017. On this date, the Law and the Decree governing the FiNQF entered force, which marked a formal culmination of the work towards a national qualifications framework. In fact, much had been done before; the Government committed to … Continue reading

VET in Finland – No dead ends

Vocational education is having a moment in the United States.One place to look for inspiration may be Finland. The country’s vocational education and training (VET) is flexible and open not only to students after they complete nine years of school, but also to adults who are either looking for a career change or want to … Continue reading

Universal Basic Income in Finland – It’s unrealistic to think that basic income will be implemented in this country says the pilot’s director

In the winter of 2015, the government, which is dominated by the right-leaning Centre Party, announced a formal study, run by Kela, to see if basic income was viable. The public adored the idea. In national polls, almost 70 percent of Finns supported it. Asked what level of income would be sufficient, on average they … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in 8 Countries – Australia, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, Germany, India, and South Africa

This report presents the results of the analysis of apprenticeship in eight countries: Australia, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, Germany, India, and South Africa. The study used documentary analysis as its central methodological approach, citing, summarizing, synthesizing, analyzing and critically reflecting on existing literature and data produced by international organizations, government agencies, universities, and research institutions. … Continue reading

Finland – Is the unemployment rate a good measure of labour market slack?

Observations that the official unemployment rate does not describe labour market slack sufficiently broadly have led to the development of broadened measures of unemployment. These types of measures are regularly used, at least in the United States and have also occasionally been explored by the ECB. Such measures seek to include, in addition to people … Continue reading

PISA – What has happened to Finland’s schools?

That’s a question educators around the globe are asking in the wake of the latest results of an ongoing study that measures academic achievement in 73 countries.  For much of the 21st century, Finland has been one of the very top performers in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an ongoing study administered every … Continue reading

VET in Finland – There are no dead-ends within the education system

More than 40% of the relevant age group start upper secondary VET studies immediately after basic education; most of these obtain their VET qualifications at vocational institutions. All qualifications include at least six months’ on-the-job learning. The most popular fields are technology, communications and transport, and social services, health and sports. Half the students are … Continue reading

Apprenticeship training in Finland

Apprenticeship training in Finland: • Apprenticeship training is a primarily work-based form of providing VET carried out under the supervision of a workplace instructor and based on the student’s stated competence need. • Apprenticeship training is based on a written fixed-term employment contract between an employer and a student, in which the student agrees to … Continue reading

Aging Finland – 34,000 immigrants needed instead of the current 18,000 in order to stop the decrease working-age population

Finland does not apply quotas or a points-based system to labour migration. Instead, Finland applies the determination of the availability of labour when issuing a residence permit for an employed person. However, the proportion of labour subject to the determination of the availability of labour is relatively low and the majority of labour uses other … Continue reading

Finland – A labor pact could be clinched

Finland’s government sees good prospects for unions and employers’ representatives to reach a comprehensive labor reform deal next week, Economic Affairs minister Olli Rehn said on Friday. A handful of Finnish unions have opposed a proposed labor pact, a centerpiece of government efforts to haul the economy decisively out of recession by making exports more … Continue reading

Guaranteed Income in Finland – Paying 800 euros ($1,165) each month and scraping all other government benefits

Finland’s government is drawing up plans to pay every citizen a basic income of euros 800 ($1,165) each month, scrapping benefits altogether.  Under proposals drafted by the Finnish Social Insurance Institution (Kela), the tax-free payments would replace all other benefit payments, and would be paid to all adults regardless of whether or not they receive … Continue reading

Finland – Unemployment rate at 10%, 22.7 percent for youth

Statistics Finland reports that the unemployment rate in Finland reached ten percent in June 2015, up from 9.2 percent one year earlier. Youth unemployment is over 22 percent already, with no signs of improvement in sight because there are no jobs or internships to be had. Young people have it the worst Perhaps the most … Continue reading

Vocational education and training has been neglected OECD says

“Vocational education and training has been neglected. If “strong vocational programmes increase competitiveness”, “many programmes fail to meet labour market needs” writes the OECD in LEARNING FOR JOBS: SUMMARY AND POLICY MESSAGES. The OCDE review “aims to bridge the gap between learning and jobs, by exploring how to make initial vocational education and training for … Continue reading

Finland – Unemployment rose sharply among highly-educated

Unemployment rose sharply among highly-educated people in Finland last year, according to figures released by the central statistics office on Tuesday.  Joblessness among those with tertiary-level degrees climbed by some 30 percent between 2012 and 2013, says Statistics Finland. While more people in Finland overall were looking for work, this group expanded the most quickly. … Continue reading

Finland – Unemployment benefits for high income earners to be cut

Government’s hatchet man will be focusing on unemployment benefits for high income earners as part of ongoing efforts to cut spending. The changes will come into force at the beginning of 2015 and will affect newly-unemployed persons who have worked for more than 20 years as well as employees who earned a monthly salary of more … Continue reading

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