Jyväskylä Educational Consortium had the pleasure of hosting Mr. Andrew King (Director of Innovation and Strategy) and Ms. Kadri Saat (International Coordinator) from our partner college in Mansfield, UK for three days between 10-12 April 2017.
The visit was short and intensive covering many areas of mutual interest including entrepreneurship education, management of the blended learning (VET & Adults), use of technology, plans for the future as well as relationships with employers (delivery and what part they play in VET) and relationship with HE and progressions for VET learners.
Kadri Saat, Pirjo Kauhanen and Andrew King
The visitors impressions were very positive and although the visit was short we were able to indentify several areas where we can continue cooperation and learn from each other. When asked to mention three main takeaways from the meetings and discussions they had during their visit Andrew and Kadri mentioned the following:
“Firstly, the relationship you have with the local employers: the way you nurture these, the impact to the skills and competencies from an extended on-the-job learning and how the end competency test is often completed at the workplace.
Then, how the entrepreneurship is embedded across the college and how all students are encouraged to establish and run mini companies with the support from the college.
The partnership and strong collaborative work that you do with two local universities. The new centrally based joint company to share the resource, expertise and support the progression.”
Andrew King, Jaana Virtanen and Hanna Frilander visiting the new facilites at Harju Campus.
Kadri and Andrew would like to thank everyone who participated in their visit: Pirjo Kauhanen, Anu Tokila, Maarit Kaija, Hanna Rajala, Niina Helin, Pia Kotro, Sinikka Luukainen, Sari Mynttinen, Mira Ahtila, Milka Niskanen, Minna Ahokas, Jaana Virtanen, Hanna Frilander & Markku Tarvainen.
More information: Rea Tuominen p.6159