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Labour shortages to be eased through new ICT conversion courses

The Ministry of Education and Culture has granted a total of nearly five million euros to conversion course projects coordinated by the University of Oulu. This sum represents nearly half of the ten million euro total that has been distributed across Finland. The courses will have capacity for over 300 students.

The projects receiving the funding will ensure workforce availability particularly in the information and communication technology field (ICT), which has experienced structural change in recent times. In the field of programming alone there is estimated to be a labour shortage of around 7000.

‘ICT labour requirements are changing rapidly. It is very pleasing that we are getting to implement immediately the 2030 Vision for Higher Education and Research, which emphasises opportunities for lifelong learning’, says Vice Rector for Education Helka-Liisa Hentilä.

Of the conversion course funding received, four million euros has been allocated for Central Finland ICT network-based training cooperation, with participation from the Universities of Oulu, Jyväskylä, Eastern Finland, Vaasa and Turku as well as Aalto University and both Tampere and Lappeenranta Universities of Technology.

It is planned that the courses will take in 250 conversion course students. The University of Oulu offers in its conversion programmes study modules in embedded systems, artificial intelligence, industrial engineering, information systems science and applied ICT. Course programmes are offered across a broad geographical area, making use of distance education and local tutoring.

From the Ministry’s funding, €960,000 was granted for conversion training that will support the growth of Northern Finland’s ICT industry. This POST-IT conversion training will take in 60 students. The training will be carried out by the University of Oulu in cooperation with Oulu, Kajaani and Lapland Universities of Applied Sciences and Centria University of Applied Sciences.

The conversion training will lead to either a bachelor's degree, a master’s degree, or a polytechnic bachelor’s degree. The training is designed to update the skills and expertise of individuals who have already completed a higher education degree or who have otherwise acquired the prerequisites for completing a higher education degree within two years.

This subsidised training will begin during 2018 and will last for a maximum of two years.

The universities and universities of applied sciences have also applied for funding for short continuing training through which graduated Masters of Science in Engineering or polytechnic-trained engineers can update their skills and expertise. Decisions on these applications are expected in January and February.

Ministry of Education and Culture: Availability of skilled labour safeguarded through new 10 million euro conversion courses

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Last updated: 8.1.2018