Work life skills – website

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Here is another example of an engaging practice that, from a professional experience, fosters students’ SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. By school engagement we mean students’ observable participation in school activities, sense of belonging to classmates and teachers, and valuing success in school-related goals.

It is implemented by:

It is directed at students aged:  12-14, 15-16, >16

Target group: National approach

Main subjects involved: Maths, Languages, Social Science, Arts, Physical Education, Social Science, Social Skills, Digital Skills, Cross-curricular

ICT involvement:  yes

Description of the practice: Learning at and through work often increases students’ school motivation – At its best, it provides a sense of achievement and self-confidence and helps students set goals for their studies. However, finding an internship place/a work life introduction period place (TET), can be challenging.

“The website makes finding an internship place easier and more equal, says Programme Manager Heidi Harju from the Children and Youth Foundation, which developed the service. The service now offers 500 places in the Helsinki region, Tampere, Turku and Imatra. Employers include restaurant company Restel, pharmaceutical company Orion, consultancy Deloitte, forestry company Stora Enso, food company HKScan and real estate company Technopolis.

But the target is much higher. Next year, the service will be extended to the whole of Finland and by 2025, the Children and Youth Foundation expects the site to serve 30 000 young people. Around 125 000 young people are in Tet (Work Life Introduction) training every year. What makes it easier to attract employers is that TET (Work Life Introduction) training has been around for decades, it’s familiar to everyone,” says Harju. But organising it has its own challenges.

– Finding the time to think about how to organise the week, what jobs are meaningful to young people and who will manage how to find the trainees. offers companies ready-made weekly timetables and project tasks, as well as contract and work certificate templates for TET- interns. Companies also benefit from having young people who are practising their working life skills,” says Heidi Harju.

– Young people can bring their own age group’s insights into different services or products, for example”.

Accessible to any student: no

Meaningful participation for every student: no

Why?: The service is not yet available all across Finland.

Support to the practice: yes

Link with more information: Website |

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