OSATA – Paths to the future (Osaamispolkuja tulevaisuuteen)
Vocational education and training (VET) in Finland is undergoing a change towards personalised studies and degrees. This means also identifying and acknowledging of previously acquired skills. The importance of skills is growing in work life and both students and staff in vocational education institutions need tools in organizing studies to support the development of valid personal skill sets.
OSATA project produces understanding of the development of skill-related identities needed in the changing work life. The results will be used to build future-oriented tools and pedagogical models to support the students in becoming future professionals.
1) visibility for skills and informal learning previously unnoticed in vocational training
2) tools for students in building their personal goals and skill sets for their future education and careers
3) information on skills needed in future work life and tools for students and teachers in using it
4) tools and framework for VET institutions and their personnel to support the development of skill-related identities
and work life skills of their students
The primary focus groups are
1) students in secondary education
2) vocational education teachers and counselors as well as vocational adult education teachers and counselors
OSATA project organisations are
Finland Futures Research Centre/University of Turku, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Foundation for studies and education research (OTUS), Raahe Vocational Institute, Sedu Education and Vocational College Lappia.
Cooperation partners are: National Union of Vocational Students in Finland (SAKKI), the Finnish national union for students in vocational upper secondary (OSKU) and University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland (SAMOK).
OSATA – Osaamispolkuja tulevaisuuteen (Paths to the future) (2016–2019).
Project is partly funded by ESF/ELY Centre of North Ostrobothnia