“An apprenticeship would be better than the classroom for many,” says Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment.
“An apprenticeship would be better than the classroom for many,” says Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment.


Minister of Employment Jari Lindström (BR) has expressed his desire to develop apprenticeship training in Finland.

Lindström writes in a recent blog post that apprenticeship training is used widely as a means to convey expertise and so-called tacit knowledge from one generation to the next at workplaces in Germany and Central Europe.

“The people looking for a vocational degree in these countries are interested especially in apprenticeships. Companies educate their own employees and, thereby, finding employment becomes all but certain,” he stated in his blog on Puheenvuoro on Saturday.

Lindström said he has met a number of business owners who would be glad to offer apprenticeships but who have indicated that it is simply impossible to relieve an old employee of his regular duties to train and instruct a new employee.

“One possible solution would be a mentoring system, where an instructor would guide apprentices while going from one company to another in a particular industry and where the costs would be divided between the companies,” he envisioned.

“Another idea is a system of senior and junior employees,” he added. “The construction industry and other physically arduous industries should take advantage of the expertise of people who are nearing the retirement age by having them instruct young people entering the industry. It would be a good way to convey valuable expertise from one generation to the next, similarly to the journeyman-master system in Central Europe.”

Juhana Vartiainen (NCP) welcomed the proposal.

“There’s still time to do something about this. It wouldn’t be because of lack of support from the National Coalition. We should allow lower starting wages in accordance with Germanic traditions,” he said on Twitter on Saturday.

Lindström drew attention to the importance of ensuring young people find employment after completing a vocational degree, pointing out that the employment rate remains too low for both young people and immigrants.

“Apprenticeship training would be better than the classroom for many,” he argued.

He added that he also wants to emphasise that there should be no cuts in either the network of vocational institutions or the number of vocational jobs in Finland.

“Schools and teachers will be needed also in the future because it is impossible to learn everything at the workplace. But companies need support instructing students. The more challenging the [situation of] young people we introduce to the working life, the more support and guidance they will need,” explained Lindström.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Onni Ojala – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi