Summer Steel seminar in Lahti, Finland 7.6.2017

Salpaus Further Education arranged a multiplier event called Summer Steel in Lahti, Finland 7th June 2017.
The event was organised to present the new training concept of the LearnIt project and to get new sparks and mental oil change concerning teaching and learning landscapes.  The conclusion of the event was that we need courage to try new ways, skills to think in another way and capability to do the coolest things that have ever been done.

In the event, the project manager José Fonseca ja expert Jorge Mauricio from CENFIM presented the training paradigm developed in the LearnIT project and built in the location of Cenfim in Lisbon, Portugal. The training paradigm is most suitable to learners in need of further vocational skills and it is especially designed to serve the needs of companies and workers.

In Lahti, a Futurist and Foresight Coach, Ilkka Halava from Prime Frontier Oy, led the seminar participants to think about the future changes of society that are already here: self-driving cars, 3D printed houses and solar energy are going to change the world as we know it now. The world is changing, working life is changing, services and production methods are changing – also the vocational education and training must be ready to change.

If you look at the world through the goggles of a middleaged person, you see it quite differently than the young people do. The change is already there and the VET should provide training in a way that meets the current and coming needs of the working life.

Kalle Nieminen, Specialist in Societal Training and Development from Sitra, inspired the listeners to have courage and think in a quite new way. To test and experiment, take risks and learn. To have a dialogue with the working life, employers and employees, as well as stakeholders.

Another aspect of the multiplier event was to think how can we promote the attractiveness of metal work and machinery amongst young people. A young entrepreneur, Antti Leppänen from Stunt Freaks Team, showed how efficient the social media is in marketing products. He encouraged us to make videos, both excellenty produced and short and quick ones done with no big effort or equipment. To make stories and use them to inspire youngsters and adults to study and work technological trades.

In the multiplier event, there were 87 participants. Half of them were representatives of companies and local stakeholders, and half of them teachers and other staff from Salpaus Further Education.

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