Aligning professional future-oriented training on health promotion to boost development and economic growth in Läänemaa and Helsinki-Uusimaa regions
Skills are an important part of the infrastructure of the economy and the right decisions made by politicians, entrepreneurs, schools and private persons with regard to investments into education help promote the economy. Although it is a generally accepted belief in the market economy that the future cannot be accurately predicted and we cannot go back in time to plan the workforce, it is still necessary to conduct studies that reflect the trends and changes and strategies of measures and plans of activity which could predict the future course of the economy and the labour market.
An important mission of the education establishments that provide professional education is to foresee such trends and to be able to provide professional employees with the necessary skills for the rapidly changing future labour market. Unfortunately, schools are often too slow in responding to needs and fail in their mission to predict and help shape the future areas of specialisation. One of the main reasons for that is the scarcity of information concerning labour market trends, which could be the basis for the development of the study programme of an area of specialisation. Nevertheless, there are high expectations for schools to not only serve the local, but also the regional and international economy.
Due to the above, we implement a project for updating study programmes in the area of health promotion in the regions of Western Estonia and Helsinki-Uusimaa in cooperation with the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the Haapsalu Vocational Education Centre from July 2016 until December 2019.
The aim of the project is:
- To conduct a study based on similar methodology in Estonia and Finland in order to determine the demand and future needs in the health promotion sector;
- To use the analysis results to develop a comprehensive course strategy for establishments that offer vocational education and professional higher education in Estonia and Finland;
- To prepare at least 10 new harmonised professional higher education (10 x 5 ECTS) and 6 vocational education (6 x 5 ECVET) study programmes in the area of health promotion, in order to improve the current study programme on the basis of future needs;
- To implement the created programmes, assess their relevance and make amendments.
The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg Central Baltic 2014–2020 support programme in the amount of 549,666 euros.
You can find the electronic version of the handbook completed during the project here!
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