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Työn Taitajat 

  • Työn Taitajat is an operational model of youth influence developed in Oulu for cooperation between companies and educational institutions.
  • The goal is to improve employment and ensure skilled employees for companies and other employer organizations in an appropriate manner.
  • Työn Taitajat emphasizes the importance of continuous learning, supports young people in identifying their skills and finding their own place in the working life.
  • Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial interests are part of Työn Taitajat’s activities.


Companies have the opportunity to influence and build an employer image

In Työn Taitajat, companies and other organizations can communicate directly with future employees. The companies are involved in ensuring future skills and thus show responsibility. Työn Taitajat strongly supports the development of the employer’s mindset and image of companies and other employer organizations.

Making companies known, raising awareness of different professions and industries, and the simplicity of operation are the strengths of Työn Taitajat Career and Company stories are implemented either in the form of a pre-prepared presentation or an interview.

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A versatile and easy way for educational institutions to cooperate with working life

Työn Taitajat brings working life and companies closer to the talents of the future and supports teaching staff in their guidance work. Työn Taitajat organises a variety of face-to-face, online and hybrid implementations; work-life lessons, seminars for teaching staff, a job shadowing day and the world's largest virtual company visit. The programmes are practical, participative, and informative.

Työn Taitajat lowers the threshold for entering the working life, encourages a broader examination of an individual's own skills and emphasises that all young individual’s skills have a place in the diverse business environment of the Oulu region.

Työn Taitajat motivates young people to acquire information about more employers and to deepen their knowledge of the most well-known companies and other organisations. Information is also provided on how to apply for a job and job interviews. Young people learn about different fields, occupations, changing job descriptions and the activities behind the titles.

We are building a vibrant Oulu region together

The activities are carried out by BusinessOulu and the cultural services of the city of Oulu (Oulun kaupungin sivistys- ja kulttuuripalvelut) together with a wide network of stakeholders. BusinessAsema is the meeting place.

Työn Taitajat has already reached more than 17,000 children, young people, and adults. More than 150 representatives of companies and organizations are already participating.

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The lessons of working life

The working life lesson is a 45–120 minutes session, during which the participants hear career stories from employees in the working life and reflect on their own working life skills and future building. Representatives of companies and other employer organizations get to speak directly to future talents and influence both young people's choices and their employer image. Working life lessons are organized throughout the school year at BusinessAsema in Oulu and via the Internet.

Työn Taitajat ❤ Teaching staff

Tools, networks and inspiration are offered in the morning events by the teaching staff of Työn Taitajat to support guiding young people. In the seminar, current information about the business life of the Oulu region and the skills needed in working life now and in the future will be included.

The events are themed, and the entire Northern Ostrobothnia study counselors and other teaching staff can participate in them. Events by the teaching staff of Työn Taitajat are organized at BusinessAsema. Remote participation is also possible.

Työn Taitajat ❤ The well-being of young people

Työn Taitajat ❤ young people's well-being is an event aimed for high school students, which will be organized at BusinessAsema on October 12, 2023.

The purpose of the event is to offer young people a shared moment around the themes and skills of taking care of their own well-being. The young people themselves have communicated in connection with our previous meetings that the themes of taking care of well-being are meaningful to them. Therefore, our goal is to develop the idea based on the feedback, moving forward towards the series of events. Also, to study the concept possibly as an optional course. Four expert speakers are coming to the event, and more specific topics are to be discussed during the morning including recovery and welfare services for young people.

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A day as a professional

A day as a professional (Päivä Taitajana) job shadowing day is organized twice a school year for middle school and high school students in the city of Oulu. In October 2023, the opportunity to participate will also take place for OSAO student group. Day-long work life experiences are offered by companies and organizations from various fields in Oulu. Companies and organizations take one or more young people to get to know the work tasks and the community for a day. The day as a professional end with a joint networking event at BusinessAsema.

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The World’s Largest Virtual Company Visit

The world's largest virtual company visit day is organized once a school year in April-May. The goal is familiarizing chosen industry and the career opportunities it offers.

The day includes targeted content for children and young people of different ages. During the visit, different companies and professions are presented in the target field at any given time. This includes what a working day in the sector looks like and what kind of skills are needed in the field.

Through career stories, we learn what kind of skills and attitude are needed in the field and what kind of subject and study choices can be used to get a job in the field. The world's largest virtual company visit will take place online on the city of Oulu's YouTube channel.

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Become a Skilled Employee

“To become a skilled employee” is a professional and working life event organized once a year aimed for young people and young adults. The event has a professional library, a career cafe, job fairs, companies and other key factors related to young people's working life skills. Työn Taitajat will be organized to perform the event's stage program.

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Tiina Haapaniemi

Tiina Haapaniemi

Specialist, Future talents for work

+358 50 302 3196