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Changes in the working life needs in Social and Health Care - new degrees being developed

National educational trials in the fields of social and health care and technology and transport in 2014-2018.

Ministry of Education and Culture has chosen 11 education providers to pilot in organizing vocational degree programs in medical service, basic level emergency care and wellness technology, and to evaluate their correspondence with working life together with employers of equivalent industries. Osekk (The Oulu Region Joint Authority for Education) has been selected as the national coordinator for these pilot projects.

The trial degree programs in Oulu will be organized by the Oulu Vocational College. The programs in Social and Health Care will be provided by the Kontinkangas unit, and those within Technology Sector by the Myllytulli unit. The objective is that about 700 to 900 students all over Finland will graduate from the pilot programs in the years 2014-2018. After the testing period, it will be decided whether or not these study programs are included in the degree system of vocational education. The Finnish National Board of Education will provide the education organizers with more detailed instructions on how to arrange the degree programs during the pilot period.

The use of technology brings new challenges to employees

The educational trials are seeking to answer to the new requirements within the social and health care, eg. technological development and robotization. The service structure and work tasks in social and health care are changing: especially in medical service and basic level emergency care, all the more elaborate skills are required from the employees and they have to specialize in new tasks in different operational environments. The Finnish population is aging and the elderly wish to live in a home-like environment for as long as possible. Various wellness technology devices, products, services and innovations are being developed, and know-how to manufacture, service and utilize them is thus needed. Present-day vocational study programs do not correspond to these industry-specific requirements.

More information: Marja Veikkola, marja.veikkola@osao.fi