About the competitions
Participating in competitions is an excellent way to develop the expertise of the personnel of the education organisers, offer students individual learning paths and also develop the operational activities of the entire organisation. Once the competition activities are recorded in the education organiser’s strategy, implementing them in the daily life of vocational education is flexible and goal-oriented. Vocational skills competitions increase the appeal of and appreciation for vocational education. Through the competitions, everyone can see what types of professions people graduate for in vocational education and what types of skills and career opportunities the graduates have. At the same time, competitions help shape vocational education and training and are a good way of highlighting needed reforms in vocational education.
History and competitions
WorldSkills Birmingham 1989 was the first WorldSkills competition Finland took part in. Ever since, Finland has been a part of every WorldSkills. With the exception of WorldSkills 1989, Finland has won medals every time. This is a proof of the high level of vocational education in Finland, the high quality of the coaching of the team and the motivation of the competitors. In 2005, Skills Finland organised the WorldSkills Competition in Helsinki.
Finland is one of the founding members of WorldSkills Europe and EuroSkills which takes place biennially, alternating turns with WorldSkills. Team Finland has participated EuroSkills since the first competition in 2008.
Since 2007 we have sent a team to International Abilympics, a competition for handicapped persons and students with special needs.
Finland’s delegates in international organisations
- WorldSkills: Official Delegate (OD) is Skills Finland’s President, counsellor of education Seija Rasku from the Ministry of Education and Culture. Technical delegate (TD) is Skills Finland’s Technical Manager, director Hannu Immonen from Turku Vocational college.
- EuroSkills: Official Delegate (OD) is Skills Finland’s Chief Training Manager Teija Ripattila, who is also a member of the organisation’s Board of Directors. Technical Delegate (TD) is Lecturer Tapio Kattainen from Helsinki Business College.
- Abilympics: Petteri Ora is Finland's representative in International Abilympics Federation (IAF), and member in Executive Committee of IAF.