Studification means making knowledge visible, i.e., identifying knowledge by working on it.
The goal of education is to identify the job seeker's existing skills and build new skills.
Training can be implemented as part of the following employment services:
- work trial (work trial contract),
- paid work (employment contract); and
- rehabilitative work activities.
The timeline of an apprenticeship is individual and lasts on average 2-6 months.
Experiences of studification as part of rehabilitative work activities
"The certificate gives the client a concrete demonstration of the work they have done and the skills they have acquired. Self-confidence increases and the client has the opportunity to use the certificate as a support for job search or possible studies."
"The work placement period became more goal-oriented and the client himself described themselves as having gained more self-confidence and confirmation that the field is the right one for him."
TAKE A SNEAK- PEEK AT THE STORIES OF studification
Mitja Rainio – further plans clarified
Mitja Rainio has been working at Kulttuurivoimala ry in Oulu Alppila since summer 2019. The path, which started as a rehabilitation work activity, led to a studification in August 2022.
Read Mitja’s Story
Mitja Rainio has been working at Kulttuurivoimala ry in Oulu Alppila since summer 2019. The path, which started as a rehabilitation work activity, led to studification in August 2022.
"I ended up at the association thanks to a tip from employment services and my hobby of video editing. My interest was boosted by a couple of friends who were also involved in video editing," Rainio explains.
Rainio enjoys working at the Community Arts Centre, where his work includes video and photo editing, digital publishing, and streaming. Initially working once, a week, Rainio now works four times a week.
After primary school, Rainio started training as a welder, but dropped out after a couple of years and joined the army.
"After the army, I spent more than a year doing nothing. Then I went to train as a waitress, but I didn't finish that either. The social aspect of the industry didn't come naturally to me. It made me anxious."
During her years working in the 20-person team at Kulttuurivoimala ry, Rainio's plans have become clearer.
"I've been thinking about applying to Luovi to study media. There is the possibility of training, and I can get credit for my studies thanks to the work I have done at Kulttuurivoimala ry," Rainio explains.
Heidi Jussila – using studification to get into the profession
One of the highlights of my studification path was when I got my own contact person at the Byström Helpdesk. Together with them, we considered my options. I had been at home with my child for a long time and needed something else to do in my everyday life besides motherhood. I had had several interruptions in my studies, as I couldn't seem to find my own field of study.
Read Heidi’s Story
One of the highlights of my studification path was when I got my own contact at the Byströmin ohjaamo. Together with them we considered my options. I had been at home with my child for a long time and needed something else to do in my everyday life besides motherhood. I had several interruptions in my studies, as I couldn't seem to find my own field of study.
I wanted to go into the social and health sector through rehabilitation work to see if I had enough resources to work in addition to my family. I also wanted to evaluate my enthusiasm for studying in the field.
At the workplace, I was initially met with skepticism because I lacked professional training. However, everything went well. I was full of enthusiasm and drive. Gradually, people started to trust me, and I fell in love with the sector. Six months in the rehabilitation program went by in a flash.
Together with an employee from Byström, we started to explore the possibility of me starting a course in the field. I got an interview with the school, but I did not do well enough in the selection test and was not selected. I was then referred from Byström to OSAO, where we considered the different options for a career in the field. The second round of applications was successful, and I was offered a place to study in the field of social and health care.
I received a certificate of competence in rehabilitation work, as my service was also linked to studification. The certificate showed the work I had done in the social and health sector. These were credited towards my studies, so my study time was reduced by almost half of what it was originally. In April 2021, I received my diploma with good grades and have now applied for further education at a university of applied sciences. My goal is to graduate as a nurse.
Johanna: Studification makes it easy to try something new
Johanna from Pöllönkangas' after-school program is a happy advocate of learning by doing. She started her studification path a year ago during the autumn. "I was offered a work experience placement in an after-school activity for first and second graders when I was in Verve rehabilitation. The part-time job, the familiar supervisor and the environment attracted me to apply here."
Read Johanna’s Story
Johanna from Pöllönkangas’ after-school program is a happy advocate of curricular learning. She started her studification path a year ago in autumn.
"I was offered a work experience placement in an after-school club for first and second graders when I was in Verve's rehabilitation sector. The part-time job, the familiar supervisor and the environment attracted me to apply here."
During the work trial period, Kela paid rehabilitation allowance, after which Johanna continued to work with a wage subsidy.
Since then, the part-time job has been changed to a full-time job and will continue until the summer, maybe even after that.
"The studification gave me the opportunity to try this field. It has also clarified my understanding of this job. It has been easy for me to see what the job entails. It was all new at first, even though I have a background in home care and am a mother of three children."
Johanna considers her strengths to be sociability and presence. She feels at home in her field.
"One option is to do a studification to study the field. The employment expectations are good and with studification, the work done here can possibly be recognized in my studies."
INVOLVED IN studification
Skills at work
Studifications allow you to make your previously acquired skills visible.
It also allows the jobseeker to acquire new skills through practical work.
The jobseeker will receive a certificate of competence as a result of the studification.
The certificate of competences is used to identify the skills and the jobseeker can access proof of his/her skills in order to obtain a diploma from the educational institution.
The jobseeker's tasks
- Carry out tasks and acquire skills in line with your objectives
- Assess your own competences in cooperation with your BusinessOulu mentor/self-coach
- Give feedback
- Build a career path
Guiding new recruitment channels and talent
Studifications enable employers to find new motivated employees.
Training is a new channel for recruitment.
In studification, the jobseeker is guided by a job counsellor so that the jobseeker gains skills and becomes familiar with the job tasks.
By describing the learning environment of the studification, the employer gets a brighter picture of the job tasks in the workplace.
Workplace Mentor’s Tasks
- Identify suitable work tasks to describe the learning environment
- Job orientation and guidance of the jobseeker
- Identify the skills of the jobseeker when providing the certificate of competences
- Provide feedback
- Co-development of a studification approach
Strengthening jobseekers' skills through studification
The aim of BusinessOulu's studification is to identify the jobseeker's existing skills and to build up new skills.
BusinessOulu supports jobseekers and employers in the practical implementation of studifications and develops studification in cooperation with stakeholders.
- Identify the jobseeker's learning needs
- Plan the implementation of studification in cooperation with other members
- Support the practical implementation of studification
- Create a certificate of competence
- Build a pathway in line with the jobseeker's objectives
- Collect the feedback
- Co-development of the studification approach
Credit by credit transfer
From the institution's point of view, accreditation of learning outside formal education enables the jobseeker’s elsewhere acquired skills by showing practical experiences.
In addition, it allows for a faster achievement of the HOKS objectives and a faster progression of studies.
- Map and describe the learning environment in cooperation with the BusinessOulu training coordinator and the employer
- Recognition of competences through examinations
- Plan the training according to the jobseeker's objectives
- Co-development of the studification approach
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