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Funding period: 12 June 2020 - 31 December 2022
Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture (special subsidy)
Projected implemented by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

The goal of the project is to develop and pilot a service concept of a competence center for immigrants with a higher education background. The concept is developed in collaboration with the local government pilots on employment of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa-Kerava.

Metropolia will function as a one-stop service point tailored for international experts in the Helsinki region.

Metropolia’s career coaches and experts will provide international professionals with guidance and tools to improve their career prospects and access to the job market in Finland. Customers will get guidance on how to develop their skills and competences with suitable education options available in various educational institutions. Metropolia also provides tailored education tracks which include recognition of competence and modular studies to complement professional competence. The tracks are available in the fields of automation business, business administration, ICT, and real estate and construction. Additionally, a special nursing track aims at obtaining the right to practice the profession.

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.

The goal of the project is to annually provide career guidance to 1,400 customers.


The goals of the project are to improve international professionals’

  • employment to expert-level jobs in their professional field in Finland
  • recognition and further development of competence
  • networks and networking skills with local employers.

The service also helps local companies and other employers organisations to find skilled workforce.

Services developed

The project incorporates and extends the models and expertise developed in previous SIMHE services and projects (Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland). Furthermore, new service concepts are launched in collaboration with local government pilots on employment in the Helsinki region, regional networks as well as companies and other organisations.

The project aims to provide the following services:

  • career guidance for individuals and in groups
  • recognition of competence
  • education tracks including Finnish and professional studies, career guidance and employer collaboration in the fields of automation business, business administration, construction and real estate, ICT and nursing; in nursing the track aims at obtaining the right to practise the profession.


As a result of the project, the rate and quality of employment of the target group are improved. The project provides integrated services as part of the employment pilots of in the Helsinki region. The multi-actor and network approach of the service concept will bring cost-effectiveness and quality into the employment process.  

As for the target group, they will have access to tailored and high-quality services and their professional competence can be better utilised in the local job market. Companies and other organisations will get skilled workforce.

The effectiveness and quality of the developed service concept will be measured by Metropolia’s quality development system and also by an external study conducted by the JOUSTE project, commissioned by the Finnish government. The project aims to bring effectiveness to international professionals’ employment processes by developing new service models which can also be applied nationally.