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TET-tori

Finland
Regional
1980
Employers
Guidance Counsellors
School Students/Parents
Yes
Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER)
Special-purpose initiatives
Public
Businesses
Local Authorities
Parents
School Counsellors
Students

Local employers and enterprises are the main providers of LMI. School counsellors and local companies have a twofold capacity, being both users and contributors towards general or LMI developments.

Exchange and knowledge transfer (among educational professionals, guidance counsellors, etc.)
Facilitation of transition from school education to career selection
Improve matching between skills and jobs
Improvement of guidance/ employment services
Raise awareness on guidance
  • TET-tori aims to facilitate school counsellors, students and parents to find appropriate Practical Professional Orientation Periods (PPO);
  • TET-tori helps companies to easily create contacts with pupils and bring working life closer to school;
  • The tool is structured according to geographic regions and supports education guidance provision by supporting the implementation of the practical professional orientation.

Access to Lifelong Guidance Services
Career Management Skills
Funding Lifelong Guidance Services
Improving careers information
Strategic Leadership
Supporting people at risk and disadvantaged groups
Training and Qualifications of Guidance Practitioners
Blended counselling
Effective job matching
Interoperability with job-search engines
Occupational information
Personalised educational advice
Real time LMI
  • Information about local employers and PPO vacancies: TET-tori brings together over 5 500 companies and jobs, broken down by field of study;
  • Information on occupations and respective education requirements: Descriptions of over 500 professions and of about 100 occupational fields are included;
  • Information on the study options in the Finnish education system;
  • Assessment of students’ performance during their PPO period.

TET-tori uses mainly ministerial LMI sources (the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Employment and the Economy) and national datasets.

Combination with offline elements
Connection with third parties (LMI, PES, etc.)
Interactive online tools
Online wiki
Social media utilisation

TET-tori uses a platform provided by Peda.net, a website that provides easy-to-use online tools as well as training, research and development services. The University of Jyvaskyla has the overall responsibility of the administration, maintenance and development of Peda.net.

From a technical point of view, TET-tori is based on open standards (e.g. HTML), but the tools themselves are not open source products.

There is a high level of user-friendliness as TET-tori offers two different navigation bars.

There are no personal user details collected from TET-tori.

Quantitative results: the TET-tori service is currently being used in more than 40 regions of Finland and over 3 500 companies participate in the platform.

Qualitative outcomes:

  • promotion of students’ CMS and employability skills development;
  • improvement of the students' transition skills;
  • reduction of school dropout rates;
  • acknowledgement by the employers of the joint social responsibility of supporting the young people in transition from education to work;
  • awareness raising on the importance of: (i) guidance practices, and (ii) the PPO periods and their respective activities;
  • facilitation of the implementation process of the PPO periods;
  • increase of the participation of the business community in regional career education activities.

Evaluation process: i) via schools that collect data from all stakeholders including students, parents and employers on students PPO periods. Collection via desktop based online tools plus currently via mobile devices. Ii) the TET-tori steering group that, through the participation of school counsellors, allow the collection of users’ feedback regarding the effectiveness of the practice.

  • Role of career education as a distinct and compulsory subject in the school curricula in Finland and role of the PPO periods as compulsory, stable and clearly defined parts of the basic education core curriculum;
  • Provides a continuum in the development of employability and career management skills;
  • Combination with the provision of support by trained school counsellors;
  • Collaboration with all target groups and a common understanding of the service's need;
  • Very good understanding of the local context;
  • Tool's design was based on research findings in relation to the use of technology in guidance;
  • Highly scalable and easily adjusted to guidance and training activities of different regions;
  • Single access point of LMI;
  • Schedules the implementation of PPO periods between local schools and companies;
  • Existence of several publicly funded websites that can offer the required LMI to the tool;
  • Regional LLG working groups that aim to stimulate positive regional LLG developments.

Future reduction of funding of education through the municipal budget.

Information on regional companies’ and their offered PPO placements is provided on the employers’ own initiative

Transferability elements

TET-tori is highly relevant to the role of ICT and LMI practices within career guidance in Finland, since it collects and disseminates educational and labour market information via the web that has both regional and national scope.

A new region wishing to use the tool should cover a registration fee of approximately EUR 2 000 so that the tool is adjusted to include the initial region-specific content, while an annual operational fee of EUR 80 is required for system maintenance.

For the daily operation and maintenance of the TET-tori practice currently one part time employee is required. Although there is no specific staff profile, the person in charge of the operation of the platform has expertise in:

  • Design and use of information and communications technology (ICT) in career services;
  • Social Media in guidance - Guidance in Social Media;
  • Ethical issues associated with ICT in guidance and counselling;
  • The role of ICT in relation to national lifelong guidance policies.

Regarding the TET-tori project team staff, there is no special training offered.

The technological infrastructure required for the initial development and for the operation and maintenance of the tool does not exceed the requirements of a simple website, namely: (i) a front and back end webserver; (ii) a database; and (iii) a Content Management System.

The software products used for the development of TET-tori are based on open standards. The merge of the LMI from multiple sources and its redirection to the tool users is made via direct links and RSS feeds.

The use of the practice from its target groups does not require advanced e-skills or technical infrastructure.

Students can use the tool either individually or in cooperation with their school counsellor.