Kanta-Häme companies to gain expertise from highly educated immigrants
Way too often, skilled immigrants trained at Häme University of Applied Sciences leave Finland for other countries. Efforts are now being made to help local companies employ them.
At Häme University of Applied Sciences, hundreds of experts with a foreign background graduate each year from different fields of study. However, they find it difficult to find work corresponding to their education in Kanta-Häme. The aim of the “Kokka kohti Kanta-Hämettä” ESF project is to make it easier for a qualified employee and a suitable company to meet.
“It is interesting that while some companies are struggling to find skilled labour, highly educated international experts are not able to find work corresponding to their education in Kanta-Häme. We are looking for solutions to this challenge. The aim is to find the factors that help or prevent them from staying in the labour market in the region and finding suitable work. We try to find gaps in the service path for both the company and the student,” says Piia Kolho, Senior Lecturer and Project Manager at the HAMK Edu Research Unit.
At the moment, information is collected through interviews. With the information, we will form a situational picture of the current services and any related challenges.
“We need companies and students to work together to make the result as good and functional as possible. We will approach Finnish companies and HAMK’s international students,” says Piia Kolho.
Kolho and her working group encourage all interested companies and international students at HAMK and vocational institutions to contact them.
Senior Lecturer, Project Manager of “Kokka kohti Kanta-Hämettä” project
www.hamk.fi/kokka (in finnish)
The “Kokka kohti Kanta-Hämettä” project is part of the “Talent Boost – Kasvua kansainvälisistä osaajista” action programme that is included in the Government Programme. The purpose of the programme is to support companies operating in Finland. The project is active from 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2023. Tavastia Education Consortium (administrator), Häme University of Applied Sciences / HAMK Edu Research Unit, Häme Entrepreneurs’ Association, and the Southwest Häme Education Consortium take part in the project. The project is funded by the European Social Fund. The Central Finland Centre for Economic Development, Transport, and the Environment acts as the national funding authority and coordinator.