The NOPSA - Fast vocational path to the labour market project aims to find a solution to smoothen up the transition from vocational education and training to postgraduate studies and to speed up the study path leading to the labour market. Key actors in the project include four vocational education and training providers and five universities of applied sciences. The ten special features of the NOPSA project are:
- On one hand, the development is based on a regional partnership between a vocational education and training provider and a university of applied sciences (NOPSA teams), on the other, the NOPSA project forms a strong national development network.
- NOPSA consists of three work packages based on the development needs highlighted in the Smooth transitions evaluation report published by FINEEC in 2016 as well as those emerging in the implementer network:
The measures planned by the NOPSA teams will be piloted and evaluated. Piloting will take place in Technology, Communication and Transport, where a shortage of professionals can be anticipated based on the Occupational Barometer. The cooperation will also promote the attractiveness of Technology, Communication and Transport.
Work package 1: Developing cooperation between vocational education and training providers and universities of applied sciences.
Work package 2: Individual, flexible study paths towards higher education
Work package 3: Study path models for language learning.
The HAMK and TAMK Professional Teacher Education Units will act as development partners supporting the NOPSA teams;
Utilising and developing digital solutions in study guidance, making competence visible as well as recognising competence (portfolio of one's life). Teachers and instructors are coached towards career guidance thinking, a competence-based orientation and effective utilisation of digital tools.
Developing vocationally oriented language learning in the male student dominated fields of Technology, Communication and Transport is one of the work packages and is related to the horizontal objectives of the project;
Giving special attention to students talented in diverse ways, fast learners, potential top experts of the future, developing the pedagogy of top expertise, utilising a typical study paths in the development work;
Disseminating and anchoring the results also through professional teacher education organised by Häme University of Applied Sciences Ltd (HAMK) and Tampere University of Applied Sciences Ltd (TAMK);
Utilising previous project findings in the construction of vocational education and training (VET) - university of applied sciences (UAS) study paths and evaluation of new cooperation models;
Preparations have been made in cooperation with the co-implementer network and the project supports the strategic aims of the implementers.
The project's implementer network is formed by the CENTRIA, HAMK, SAMK, TAMK, TuAMK Universities of Applied Sciences and the AMISTO, TREDU, CITY OF TURKU, WINNOVA vocational education and training providers. The project will produce models for identifying and recognising competence and utilising digital solutions in guiding studies and making competence visible. Studies planned and implemented in the UAS-VET cooperation in the fields of Technology, Communication and Transport, a career guidance coaching programme for professional teachers and new models for language learning will also be produced. The emerging models are intended to be utilised nation-wide.
Vocational students in both UAS and VET, professional teachers and instructors are the key target groups of the project. The project will be implemented on 1 October 2016 – 31 July 2019. Häme University of Applied Sciences Ltd (HAMK) is the main implementer and coordinator of this project.