Project news
Edit 04 February 2020
by Urban Growth – GSIP Vantaa project team

Growth and social investment pact 1 combines labor recruitment and general growth trainings

Project Manager Elina Taponen from Metropolia, Development Manager Sini Temisevä from Laurea and Project Designer Elina Salo from the City of Vantaa
Project Manager Elina Taponen from Metropolia, Development Manager Sini Temisevä from Laurea and Project Designer Elina Salo from the City of Vantaa
The fourth largest city in Finland, Vantaa, has a special problem: there are many vacancies and unemployed jobseekers. The strange equation is because the skills of the workforce do not meet the needs of the labor market. This challenge is being addressed in the first GSIP model of the UIA project in Vantaa.

We need new thinking and services to support SMEs growth in local level 

The background to the Vantaa project is the concern about how changes in professional structures will affect the ability of the workforce and companies to cope in the future. The transformation of work increases the need for skills, and those who rely solely on primary education are at risk of being excluded from the labor market. The situation in Vantaa is particularly worrying, with 32% of the workforce having a low level of education.

The project is looking for new solutions for companies in the areas of recruitment, training of existing staff and digitalization through three GSIP models. The main target groups of the project are Vantaa labor force and Vantaa SMEs employing 20-200 people. 

First test phase has started
The first GSIP – model is now being tested in the SMEs. ”Recruitment and training of the workforce” combines new workforce acquisition with training and coaching services that promote general company growth. The main target group is companies whose growth is slowed by the availability of new labor. 

All companies entering the first test phase are required to have a recruitment need and an interest in possibly recruiting a person who is difficult to employ. The aim of recruiting new labor is to employ the unemployed with low skills and education. 

Growth actions are thematic trainings which improve local companies’ growth in general. Topics are such as communication, lean management and customer understanding, as well as various trainings related to, for example, corporate image, support the growth of companies. In companies, trainings are provided to those who need it; either just for management or for the entire staff. The trainings are organized by Metropolia and Laurea universities of applied sciences and the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce through learning platform and personal guidance.

Over 80 contacted companies - 30 test companies analysed

"We have contacted about 80 companies, 30 of which wanted to test our GSIP - model. Companies appreciate the fact that the city supports them in recruitment and offers good training packages free of charge. Many companies today are interested in social responsibility", says project coordinator Elina Salo.

" We help companies to identify their real needs and let them know what support is available for recruitment. For example, many companies do not have information on the various types of financial support available for employment", says Salo.

One of the test companies is Tokap Service Oy, a small family business established in 2009 that provides maintenance services to companies in various industries.
"We have tried different ways, but there are just no electrician installers. Therefore, we decided to participate in the project. Two of our employees have taken advantage of the trainings provided through the project, says Kati Prähky", Office Manager at Tokap Sevice Oy.
The first test phase will end in spring 2020.
 

Share

Other news from this project

Vantaa

Competence development and management support

It all started with a recruitment event in winter 2020. The GSIP project organised a tailor-made recruitment event for A-Kumppanit, which is a company...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Jobs and skills in the local economy
GSIP2 Learnings

Personnel growth development– GSIP2 Learnings

Project Urban Growth - GSIP Vantaa addresses a socially important issue when it encourages companies in Vantaa to make social investments and grow res...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Jobs and skills in the local economy
GSIP Journal 2: get an update on Vantaa's project

GSIP Journal 2: get an update on Vantaa's project

Despite the strong challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and their effect on the broader Vantaa economy and social fabric, the GSIP Project continues it...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

The need for skilled workforce has not disappeared

The need for skilled workforce has not disappeared

The Covid-19 pandemic has influenced greatly on companies across the world and Finland is not an exception....

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Optima Real Estate Services – maintenance solutions in a flexible and high-quality manner

Optima Real Estate Services – maintenance solutions in a flexible and high-quality manner

The sales coaching and management coaching provided by the project have sharpened the sales of Optima Real Estate Services and streamlined its busines...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Local active employment programmes with strong social impact

How did the Vantaa GSIP Project achieve to develop active employment programmes with strong social impact? The GSIP 1 model case study

This is the web-article No. 4 of the GSIP (Growth and Social Investments Pacts) Project, an initiative of the City of Vantaa (FI) to develop active em...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Jobs and skills in the local economy
How could European cities promote a solid active inclusion model – Zoom-in 1

How could European cities promote a solid active inclusion model

In his 1st Zoom-In, GSIP expert Gabriel Amitsis, focuses on a rather neglected issue in the overall debate about the development of local community jo...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

GSIP Project Team

Modern models are needed for a certificate of competence

Certificates of competence have been of clear benefit in employment. But what would be the certificate model of the future and how would it be obtaine...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Vantaa

”A learning platform encourages the creation of new material and the development of existing ones”

Description and user experiences of a digital learning platform selection process Visual and motivating in appearance, versatile in content, clear ...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Committed activity for the benefit of the company

Committed activity for the benefit of the company

In YPR Yleinen Pohjarakennus Oy, common opinion is that competence grows through work....

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

The road to knowledge

How Universities participate in the development of local jobs and skills agendas? Lessons from the Vantaa GSIP Project

The evolving links between the university and the local government are becoming a major focus of European regional policies in specific areas, as the ...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Jobs and skills in the local economy
Picture from Pexels

Urban Growth in Vantaa – Creating Guidance Programs for Secondary Education

The project has progressed to the second stage. The target of this phase is to update skills of employees. During the spring, we had designed and pilo...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Jobs and skills in the local economy
GSIP Expert Journal 1: Get to know the project and what happened in the first 6 months!

GSIP Expert Journal 1: Get to know the project and what happened in the first 6 months!

In his 1st Journal, Gabriel Amitsis, UIA expert of the GSIP project, discusses all key activities that you need to know about it, what the project is ...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

A tale of growth

A tale of growth

Information technology service provider, InfoCare Oy piloted a concept for itself and capital city region companies in Vantaa with which success in th...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Enjoying life in Vantaa

How may policy discourse influence local jobs and skills agendas? The case of the Vantaa GSIP Project

Transnational and comparative social policy research shows that integrating individuals with complex social problems (such as low qualifications, outd...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Jobs and skills in the local economy
Jaakko's story from Vantti: A permanent job as a Christmas present

Jaakko's story from Vantti: A permanent job as a Christmas present

Food service worker Jaakko Toljander is a cheerful and nice man even more when he has a good reason for a broad smile. In December, Toljander got a pe...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Innovative ways to promote local jobs and skills agendas

Live from the Growth and Social Investments Pacts Project! An interview with the City of Vantaa Mayor Ritva Viljanen

The City of Vantaa Mayor is now serving her first term. Ritva Viljanen talks about “Jobs and skills in the local economy” and reinforces the commitmen...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland

Jobs and skills in the local economy
Urban growth – GSIP Vantaa committed to finding out what works

Urban growth – GSIP Vantaa committed to finding out what works

GSIP-Vantaa is exploiting a research design to test innovative ways to improve the skills and competencies of the local labour force, and to boost emp...

Urban Growth-GSIP Vantaa - Growth and Social investment Pacts for Local Companies in City of Vantaa

Jobs and skills in the local economy

Vantaa - Finland