Developing Competence Center Functions for highly educated immigrants in the Helsinki region (Oske project)

Funding period: 12 June 2020 - 31 December 2022, extended to 30 June 2023
Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture (special subsidy), 1.5 Million EUR
Projected implemented by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

The project developed and piloted a service concept of a competence center functions for immigrants with a higher education background.The project offered career coaching and recognition of competence services and Career Boost programmes for supplementary studies. The main target group was jobseeking highly educated immigrants in the Helsinki region.

The project is developed in collaboration with employment services of Helsinki, Espoo, and Vantaa-Kerava, and implemented simultaneously with local government pilots on employment.


The goals of the project are

  • to enhance the recognition of competence, competence development, and employment of highly educated immigrants
  • to support highly educated immigrants in their career making in Finland by means of career guidance, competence recognition and supplementary studies
  • to support the integration of immigrants
  • to aid employer to find skilled work force
  • to support local employment pilots in achieving their goals related to highly educated immigrants

Target group

The target group of the project is the unemployed non-native Finnish/Swedish/Sámi speakers who reside in the area of the employment pilots of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa-Kerava and who have a higher education degree.

Services developed

The project provided and develops the following services:

  • career guidance for highly educated immigrants
  • recognition of competence in the field of automation business, business accounting, ICT, nursing, and real estate and construction
  • supplementary study programmes called Career Boost programmes in the fields of automation business, business administration, construction and real estate, ICT and nursing (in nursing the aims at obtaining the right to practise the profession.

News and publications

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Talent hubs in the making: collaborating for a Future Finland (Various variables blog, 21 June 2021)

Metropolia promotes international professionals’ entry to local job market in collaboration with employment pilots (news 1 March 2021)

Further information

Anne Karjalainen, Project Manager
anne.karjalainen [at] (anne[dot]karjalainen[at]metropolia[dot]fi)