Coinciding with this special year in which Finland turns 100 years old, they aim to make 100 blog posts throughout it.
Here we share one of their blog posts, A New Way to Integrate Immigrants into Finnish Society? by Susanna Ylihärsilä. Among several things, it introduces an interesting European Social Fund initiative “Kiito – Work and Holistic Integration Zone” project implemented locally.
A New Way to Integrate Immigrants into Finnish Society? (#13/100)
A nice cup of tea in the morning and the morning paper. Suddenly your eyes catch an interesting piece of news…
"It takes a really long time to find a job in Finland!"
According to Aamulehti newspaper (January 22) it takes you – on average – 6 years and 2 months to find a job in Finland if you happen to come from The Middle East or Somalia.
There are of course already many immigrants and professionals working on this challenge. Here I have the chance to highlight one of the most recent projects that tackles the problem: an ESF (European Social Fund) project called Kiito – Kiinni työhön ja osaamiseen – or in English: Work and Holistic Integration Zone project.
The aim of Kiito project is to find a new employment model for special groups such as people of migrant background. Pilot groups are recruited into employment-intensive sectors where employees’ vocational and Finnish language skills are supported. This means that hard-working people with suitable vocational skills and motivation will have a chance to integrate into the Finnish society in a new and more practical way. At the same time, we naturally hope that the project helps employers find sufficient workforce for positions that are not so simple to fill in.
The challenging task requires a lot of cooperation between the organisations that are running the project: TAKK, TAMK and Silta-Valmennusyhdistys. Immigrant integration, in turn, requires a lot of cooperation between all fields of society in Finland including employers and potential employees themselves.
Please read more on the Kiito project before your next cup of tea.