Centre of Expertise

The centres of expertise form a network supporting the implementation of the objectives of the National Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme. They develop and promote competence, expertise and communications in the youth sector in accordance with the Youth Act.

On 11 December 2017, the Ministry of Education and Culture approved four centres of expertise as eligible for state aid in 2018–2019, in line with the priorities set in the National Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme 2017–2019. The priorities are the participation of young people; the social empowerment of young people; digital youth work and information and counselling services for young people; and the improvement of the quality and methods of youth work, which constitutes the main purpose of the Centre of Expertise of the Guides and Scouts of Finland. (see minedu.fi/en/national-youth-centres)

CENTRE OF EXPERTISE OF THE GUIDES AND SCOUTS IN FINLAND

The main purpose of the Centre of Expertise of the Guides and Scouts in Finland is to develop tools, methods and operating models to identify and recognise competencies in educational institutions, working life and voluntary activities.

Target Groups

Coordination of multidisciplinary cooperation

YOUNG PEOPLE

Unemployed, students and participants in hobbies and voluntary activities

TEACHERS AND YOUTH WORKERS

Teacher training and advocacy, youth leaders and one-stop guidance centres (youth social work)

PROVIDERS OF EDUCATION

Educational institutions, Ministry of Education and Culture, National Agency for Education (education and competence policy)

WORKING LIFE

The public, private and third sectors, workshop operations, hobbies, voluntary work, trade organisations

Strategic Priority: Tools for identifying and recognising competencies in society

PRIORITY SPECIFICATION 1

Validation of training and programmes (credits, EQF/NQF, descriptions in terms of working life skills)

PRIORITY SPECIFICATION 2

Common digital badges

PRIORITY SPECIFICATION 3

A virtual competence disc for the integration of formal and non-formal competencies

PRIORITY SPECIFICATION 4

The assessment and further development of the functionality and usefulness of tools

MEASURES

  1. Validating training programmes and sharing validation expertise with other organisations
  2. Preparing and implementing digital badges in cooperation with the target groups
  3. Determining criteria and purposes of use for the virtual competence disc and starting the planning of the digital tool
  4. Assessing the usability of tools from each target group’s perspective: outsourced study

Strategic Priority: Methods and models to identify and recognise competencies to promote employment

PRIORITY SPECIFICATION 1

Multidisciplinary competence interpretation and activity forums that encourage participation among all target groups. The continuous determination of future working life skills.

PRIORITY SPECIFICATION 2

Participation in the development of education in terms of identifying young people’s competencies and bridging learning paths in teacher training and the education of youth leaders in cooperation with working life operators.

PRIORITY SPECIFICATION 3

The development of young people’s peer-recognition methods and digital platform into an operating environment.

PRIORITY SPECIFICATION 4

The development of pedagogisation methods for voluntary activities of the “service learning” and “maker” types.

MEASURES

  1. Two or three regional multidisciplinary interpretation forums consisting of the target groups mentioned above (e.g. vocational education, universities and other higher education institutions, the third sector and employers), with regard to working life skills and processes related to the recognition of previously acquired competencies.
  2. Developing pedagogics based on the civic society in cooperation with two teacher training organisations, two providers of education for youth-sector professionals and working life operators. Describing practical cooperation models for bridging learning paths for young people and those working with young people.
  3. Developing a peer-recognition operating model and forum. Creating a virtual platform for students and young people participating in hobbies for the mutual recognition of competencies. Determining teachers’/mentors’ roles and duties.
  4. Creating an operating model for the pedagogisation of voluntary service activities in cooperation with the target groups.

Strategic Priority: Programme for Young People’s Working Life Skills

(self-financing in 2018 / Lions Finland / Red Feather)

PRIORITY SPECIFICATION 1

Development of business-like financial management and fundraising expertise among young people

PRIORITY SPECIFICATION 2

A coaching kit for young people to promote their working life skills and competencies in practice when seeking a summer job

PRIORITY SPECIFICATION 3

An inspiring event about working life: dialogue between the target groups about the competence and working life skill requirements of the future, as well as their demonstration and recognition

MEASURES

  1. Creating a common digital fundraising badge, developing tools and providing guidance to promote financial management skills among young people. Cooperating with expert partners (e.g. the Economic Information Office, 4H Finland and the Federation of Finnish Enterprises).
  2. Preparing guidelines for young people seeking a summer job and instructions on preparing for job application and recruitment situations. Cooperating with recruitment experts as external service providers on the summer job application campaign and communicating about the campaign as an operating method.
  3. An open event for inspiration about working life that covers the target groups’ perspectives and meets theirs needs.

 

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