Aligning professional future-oriented training on health promotion to boost development and economic growth in Läänemaa and Helsinki-Uusimaa regions

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.2. More aligned vocational education and training (VET) programmes in the Central Baltic region

Southern Finland - Estonia

01.07.2016 - 31.12.2019

€680 839

€549 666

Project Summary:

Skills play a key role in the market economy; by investing in education and skills needed in the years to come, policymakers, enterprises, schools and individuals can help to support the future economic development.

In order to individuate which skills and educational backgrounds are going to be needed in the future, it is necessary to conduct research about trends and changes in the labour market, devise strategies and plan actions which can support the future direction towards which the economy is directed. The challenge educational institutions face in this context, is foreseeing economic trends in order to shape new curricula for the professions needed in the future. By failing to anticipate and/or react to those trends, schools are unable to shape the careers of tomorrow.

For these reasons, this project aims at conducting a survey in Finland and Estonia about training needs and future skill demands in the health promotion sector, analyse the results and develop a holistic training strategy for vocational education and training (VET) and applied higher education (AHE) providers in Finland and Estonia, designing at least 10 new aligned AHE study programmes and 6 new aligned VET study programmes. All new programmes will be tested and implemented, evaluated and improved. The main findings of the survey and the new study programmes developed under this project will be made available to the public through two international conferences held in Helsinki and Haapsalu, as well as on the project website hpp.tlu.ee.  

Lead Partner

Tallinna Ülikool

Country: EE


Partner budget: 276.487 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 235.014 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Metropolia Ammatikorkeakoulu

Country: FI


Partner budget: 290.468 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 217.851 EUR ERDF

Haapsalu Kutsehariduskeskus

Country: EE


Partner budget: 113.885 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 96.802 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

HUS - Helsingin ja Uudenmaan sairaanhoitopiiri

Country: FI

SA Läänemaa Haigla

Country: EE

Tehy - Sosiaali- ja terveysalan ammattijärjestö

Country: FI

Expected results

Outcomes of the current project will include the following results:
- A comparative cross-border study conducted on training needs and future skill demand in the health promotion sector based on similar methodology in both countries
- A holistic cross-border training strategy for VET and AHE providers in both countries based on the analyzation of training needs of health promotion sector
- At least 10 new aligned AHE (10x5 ECTS) and 6 new aligned VET study programs (6x5 ECVET), existing health promotion curricula in partner organisations improved
- All new study programs implemented, evaluated and improved
- Awareness raised about the results of the project and overall importance of cross-border joint developments in education sector to match the skill and training demand of joint economies in Estonia and Finland through international seminars, publications and public access to project materials
The study programs will be embedded to existing curricula in partner schools, increasing the coherence between Estonian and Finnish health promotion curricula through aligned new study programs. All new study programs will be implemented in Estonia in the curriculum of health promotion in Haapsalu College and within several health sector curricula (i.e physiotherapy, podiatry, nursing, public health nursing) in Metropolia. Haapsalu Kutsehariduskeskus will implement the Finnish model so that new courses developed will be embedded to already existing curricula of care giver and hospitality service. After implementation and testing, all developed programs will be available for other AHE and VET schools in Finland and in Estonia.
Names of the new study programs will be defined based on the results of the survey, conducted within the project’s first phase. Progress will be reported in each progress report. As the research shall specify the labour market needs, at the beginning of the project it is impossible to predict exactly which programs will be aligned into which curricula.