We have to use all possible solutions in order to be able to meet the demand for skilled professionals,” said the representative of Kemianteollisuus ry.
Several international companies operating in Vaasa had expressed their support for the application, because they consider the program necessary for the development of the electrical automation industry in the region. This sector is crucial for Vaasa’s future battery technology investments.
“Rejecting the application is disappointing because there is a shortage of skilled professionals in our field. We need to find new and innovative ways to train our workforce, and English-language training programs are one of them,” said the association’s representative. About Finnish battery manufacturers.
Many educational institutions are now questioning whether it is worth applying for permits for English-language degree programs, given the possibility of rejection.
“Applying for a permit for an English-language education program requires a considerable amount of effort and resources. If well-prepared applications are automatically rejected, it is difficult to justify the effort required to apply,” said a representative of the local profession. school.
The battery industry estimates that it needs 5,000–7,000 professionals in the next five years, and about 70% of these professionals initially need vocational training. The shortage of skilled professionals is a significant challenge for the industry, and English-language training programs can play a decisive role in meeting this challenge.
“We need to cooperate so that the ministry understands the needs of our industry. The green transition is Finland’s priority, and English-language training programs are necessary so that we can meet the demand for skilled professionals,” said a representative of the Finnish Battery Manufacturers Association.
Source: The Nordic Page