Professional conference proceedings (D3)

Learning Path Model for Immigrant Engineers

List of Authors: Hartikainen Anita, Kivimäki Matti, Paukkala Pauliina, Tauriainen Mari, Hirard Tiina, Kamppari Heli,

Conference name: International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE)

Place: Turku

Publication year: 2021

Journal: Research Reports from Turku University of Applied Sciences

Book title *: International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education 2021: Conference proceedings, August 17th-20th, Turku, Finland, part 2

Title of series: Research Reports from Turku University of Applied Sciences

Number in series: 51

eISBN: 978-952-216-795-8



Many immigrants in Finland struggle to find employment that corresponds to their level of education. The reasons can be the lack of networks, insufficient Finnish language skills or the content of their degree. At the same time, Finnish employers have a constant need for experts in different fields of technology and engineering. In the Become an engineer in Finland project a new learning path model is designed for highly educated immigrants who have completed a degree in engineering abroad, need to supplement their qualifications, and develop their professional Finnish language skills to find employment in their own field. The project identifies the existing competencies of the participants and strengthens their working life skills. The project implemented two pilot trainings, a preparatory training, and a diploma of higher education. The learning path is designed based on experiences and feedback collected from the students and teachers. The model allows quick access to working life without completing a new degree. The learning path model can also be applied in other higher education institutions, as well as in other fields of study.

Keywords: engineering, education, higher education, immigrants, qualifications

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