Recognizing competencies of highly educated immigrants in the field of technology, which is part of SIMHE services (Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education), was piloted in Metropolia in the end of April. Participants were selected based on their educational background; some have lived in Finland for over two years, whilst some are still waiting for the decision on their residence permit.
The aim of the pilot was to find a method that could be used to recognize highly educated immigrants’ mathematical, digital and professional engineering competences and potential needs for supplementing their education. The goals were achieved for the part of recognizing needs for supplementing education. In the future, more profound recognition of competences will be aimed at individuals who already have a residence permit; Those participants in the pilot, who were still living in the reception centers told that they still suffer from prior traumatic experiences, which made showing their competences difficult. The method will be further developed based on the feedback from the participants and Metropolia experts.
”The information and experience that we obtained in the pilot are extremely important for us in order to further develop SIMHE services and immigrants’ preparatory courses in Metropolia”, says Heidi Stenberg, Project Director of SIMHE-Metropolia.
”In the coming autumn, our goal is to start to create a new type of path to prepare highly educated immigrants towards employment. This is our solution for the challenges that immigrants face with their employment and we also aim to help the companies we cooperate with to benefit from the potential value immigrants could offer to the companies.”
Companies need help in recognizing competences of international workforce
According to the report by Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, it is essential to have effective and customer-oriented service models that combine fast employment, working-life oriented language courses and support for recognizing competences and orientation from the perspective of companies and working communities. According to Markku Lahtinen, Project Director of Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, half of the companies and employers experience difficulties in finding suitable workers when recruiting international workforce. Companies report that they need both assistance and information on recognizing international competences and qualifications, recruiting and also organizing orientation to Finnish working culture and language.
Metropolia is participating in the event “Työnantajan Tietoisku - Recognizing Competences and Working-life Skills of Foreign Workers” together with Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce on 8 September 2016. Join in and learn more about the new services and participate in creating new educational paths for preparing highly educated immigrants towards employment.
Heidi Stenberg, SIMHE-Metropolia, Project Director
040 535 3388
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