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Petri Hämäläinen starts as the competition coordinator of special needs at Skills Finland

Petri Hämäläinen from Luovi Vocational College will start as the competition coordinator of special needs at Skills Finland, as Matti Kauppinen leaves the position.

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The President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, Petri Hämäläinen and Hannu Koivula (Director of Luovi Vocational College) in natioanl skills competition Taitaja in 2019.

Petri Hämäläinen works full-time as Project Manager at Luovi Vocational College. He works part-time for Skills Finland alongside his main job. Petri's tasks at Skills Finland include developing the national competition activities of students with special needs (TaitajaPLUS) and cooperation in activities related to International Abilympics.

Matti Kauppinen, who acted as the TaitajaPLUS and Abilympics coordinator at Skills Finland for years, will leave the position and continue his main job as Head of Education at the Helsinki unit of Luovi Vocational College.

– It has been great to be involved in developing the competition activities of students with special needs for so long. Most memorable to me are all the people, teaching staff and employers who have innovatively developed the activities. I leave the position behind with gratitude and in good spirits. It is time for new people to continue the work, says Matti.

Petteri Ora, Development Director of the Kiipula Foundation and a member of the Board of Skills Finland, will continue to represent Finland in the International Abilympics Federation (IAF).

Petri Hämäläinen has extensive experience in special needs education and competitions. He has worked for more than 20 years in vocational special needs education and guidance at Luovi Vocational College.

What do you think is the best part of organising competitions?

– Students' professional growth and enthusiasm. It is great to see students and staff become a community in a competition. The event gives us a common time and place to meet new colleagues around Finland and abroad.

Petri is especially looking forward to networking, cooperation and brainstorming the future at his new work in Skills Finland.

– The work strengthens and promotes the participation of young people with special needs in society and professional life, and I want to develop this further.

More information

Maria Ekroth
CEO
maria.ekroth@skillsfinland.fi
+40 707 9114

Petri Hämäläinen
Competition Coordinator, Special Needs
petri.hamalainen@luovi.fi
+40 319 3124