The purpose of the project is to develop cooperation between VET schools and working life in European countries. The idea is to find ways to promote employment and prodessional skills and competences in different European countries.

We will improve the quality of VET practices based on the needs of the labour market. Meanwhile we will confirm cooperation between VET providers, companies, chambers, national authorities, and other stakeholders by developing Joint VET qualifications.

The purpose is to create a strong future-oriented European level network, that creates a vision, strategy and action plan with the goal of stronger cooperation in the future. A profound communication platform will be created for the new network.

Our goals are

  • to increase the attractiveness of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Europe and to create a strategic approach to maintain the high quality of VET
  • to ensure that digitalisation, inclusion, green transition and internationalisation are considered as core elements in the implementation of VET


  • Omnia (Finland), coordinator
  • Kajaanin kaupunki (Finland)
  • Vaasan kaupunki (Finland)
  • Itä-Savon koulutuskuntayhtymä (Finland)
  • Raahen koulutuskuntayhtymä (Finland)
  • Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu – Vasa yrkeshögskola
  • Thinglink Oy (Finland)
  • Luovi Vocational College (Finland)
  • BBS Syke Europaschule (Germany)
  • Berufsbildungzentrum Dr. Jürgen Ulderup (Germany)
  • Handwerkskammer Hannover (Germany)
  • Stichting Regionaal Opleidingen Centrum Aventus (Netherlands)
  • Stichting Christelijk Regionaal Opleidingen Centrum Noord- en Oost Nederland (Netherlands)
  • Mbo Raad (Netherlands)
  • Tichting Regionaal Onderwijs Centrum Noordoost-Brabant (Netherlands)
  • Mbo Amersfoort (Netherlands)
  • Enac Ente Nazionale Canossiano (Italy)
  • LearningDigital (Italy)

The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Mari Kontturi
Manager of International Affairs
+358 40 319 3264

BIDS – Bridging inclusion, digitalization and sustainability

BIDS – Bridging Inclusion, Digitalization and Sustainability

BIDS project aims to strengthening partnerships to support the development and implementation of internationalization strategies in Vocational education.  Project also targets to improve and ensure quality in the student and staff mobilities. One of these goals we will bridge a model based on the priorities of the Erasmus+ program, inclusion, digitalization and sustainability to be realized in the VET providers strategies and implementation.

BIDS project is continuing where the previous Erasmus+ funded project Bridge the Ocean – BTO, the inclusion of cross continental mobility enabled students and teachers to experience learning opportunities spanning four countries across two continents.  BIDS was created to deepen the collaboration and binding common goals together after teh successful BTO project.

European partners are experienced in mobility in Europe. Developing international activities in VET requires new initiatives to global mobility and the project Bridging inclusion, digitalization and sustainability, herein referred to as BIDS, meets these needs.

BIDS project promotes the international learning opportunities both for European students to Canada and Canadian students to Europe.  We aim to further develop a model for developing cooperation between European and Canadian VET colleges.

The mobility programmers are the key method in the implementation of these strategies. So far mobility activities have taken place mainly in Europe. However, there is an interest and a need to develop the strategic approach further to other continents. The project will have 3 main events that support the creation of the models for sustainability, inclusion, and digitalization. The first two week learning teaching training takes place in Canada in May 2024. Stay tuned for results in the making!

Our goals are

  • to understand the global perspective in VET
  • to strengthen the international aspect in the strategy of partner organisations -to develop the structure for reciprocal mobility and further cooperation between European and Canadian VET colleges
  • to build a network of VET colleges to support the international collaboration BIDS creates possibilities and builds structures for long-term cooperation. Having committed management and motivated staff is crucial to develop the activities together.
BIDS Project Group standing together.


  • Tradium (Denmark), coordinator
  • Nova Scotia Community College (Canada)
  • Luovi Vocational College (Finland)
  • Turun kaupunki – Åbo stad (Finland)
  • Kainuun ammattiopisto (Finland)
  • New Brunswick Community College (Canada)
  • ATEC – Associação de Formação para a Industria (Portugal)
  • Ammattiopisto Lappia (Finland)
  • Stichting Regionaal Opleidingen Centrum Aventus (Netherlands)

The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Miia Tolonen
International Coordinator
+358 40 319 3183


DC-VET WB – Developing capacity for VET Systems in Western Balkans

The objective is to innovate VET systems in Western Balkans through the exchange of practises and a pervasive capacity building action. Countries involved are Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosova and Montenegro.  

We aim to strengthen the cooperation with companies and VET institutions, both internationalisation of education and to make the training more inclusive.

Our goals are

  • To increase the quantity and quality of work-based learning, WBL and activities in collaboration with companies 
  • To equip schools with tools to deal with the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities, special educational needs, cultural obstacles and gender equality 
  • To improve the internationalisation strategies of VET schools in Western Balkans 

How to promote participation in vocational training in the Western Balkan countries?

Twenty teachers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Spain, and Italy were exploring the theme of participation under the leadership of Luovi in Helsinki in June 2024. The seminar was preceded by needs assessment, pre-assignments, and an online meeting. Finally, we were together, sharing experiences. The training package is part of the European Union-funded DC-VET WB project.

The purpose was to delve into individual study paths, plain language, and workplace-based learning. Participants choose a good practice and pilot it in their own educational institutions. Experiences will be collected to create a toolbox of best practices for broader European use.

Luovi’s culinary students in Helsinki took care of seminar catering over two days. The Thursday workshop was held at Stadin ammattiopisto. The project also enhances Luovi experts’ experience as trainers in an international environment.

Such enthusiastic and participatory group!

The project continues until the end of 2025. Next year, the focus will be on developing international competence, and students will have the opportunity to participate in a joint event.

Representing Luovi are Sari Jokela, Sirpa Grönvall, Arja Vatanen, Anne Tornberg, and Mari Kontturi.


DC-VET WB is coordinated by Uniser, Italy.  

Chamber of Economy of Montenegro,  

Prishtina REA from Kosovo 

IUS Lifelong Learning Center, IUS Life from Bosnia Herzegovina  

Vicepresidencia Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad De Madrid / IES PEDRO DE TOLOSA from Spain 

Albanian Skills and 

Luovi Vocational College 

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union logo.

The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Mari Kontturi
Manager of International Affairs
+358 40 319 3264

3-H project

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

3 H – Project

Head, Heart, Hand

The 3-H project tries to help the high number of young people in VET pathways who are unmotivated or don’t feel well at school, a problem significantly accentuated by these last two years of the pandemic.


  • The goal remains to prevent early school leaving,
  • involving individual students in their personal motivations,
  • working on methodologies that facilitate the acquisition of socio-emotional skills and
  • on the other hand addressing students’ demotivation and malaise at school.


  1. Development of knowledge and methodologies to allow teachers to work on socio-emotional aspects
  2. Outline a strong reception model, dedicated to the first months of the students’ entry into VET courses
  3. Development / adoption of good practices that promote pupils’ well-being at school (from reception onwards) and motivate students
  4. Developing PBL experiences to develop socio-emotional skills and learn content in an authentic and contextualized way


3 H Project is coordinated by ENAC, Italy.

Other partners are:


Sanna Häkkilä-Ruottinen
Special Needs VET teacher
+358 40 319 3208

Global Networks

Opetushallitus rahoittaa hanketta -tunnus.
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Global Networks

Collaboration outside Europe is important and we promote it in four networks of Finnish VET Colleges. Luovi is a partner in Canada Network, Go Global, Responsible Global Agents and in Russia Network. We provide mobilities both for students and staff members.

Our objectives

  • Developing collaboration outside Europe
  • Student and staff mobility
  • Creating models for reciprocal mobility
  • Promote internationalisation at home
  • Building networks to develop vocational education and training


Luovi is a partner in the networks.


Mari Kontturi
Manager of International Affairs
+ 358 40 319 3264

Bridge the Ocean

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Bridge the Ocean

Collaboration with Canadian and European VET colleges to promote overseas mobility of students and VET staff. Study modules in hospitality, green construction and entrepreneurship. Toolkit to help you to carry out mobility overseas.


  • to understand the global perspective in VET
  • to strengthen the international aspect in the strategy of partner organisations
  • to create a structure for reciprocal mobility and further cooperation between European and Canadian VET colleges
  • to build a network of VET colleges to support the international collaboration
  • to promote the validation and recognition of nonformal and informal learning
  • to create study modules in the three sectors
  • to prepare a toolkit with the BTO Info Centre to help other VET provi


  • Model for international collaboration as a part of strategies of VET providers
  • Hospitality in International working environment study module in Finland
  • Green construction study module in Denmark
  • Entrepreneurship study module in Canada
  • Canada-Europe VET mobility -toolkit including practical advice to carry out overseas mobility


Bridge the Ocean is coordinated by Kainuu Vocational College. Partners are: Luovi Vocational College, Turku Vocational Institute, Lappia Vocational College from Finland, Tradium from Denmark, Aventus from the Netherlands and two Canadian partners, Nova Scotia Community College, NSCC and New Brunswick Community College, NBCC.

Bridge the Ocean is funded under Erasmus+ programme.


Mari Kontturi
Manager of International Affairs
+358 40 319 3264

ScalED – Scalable Education Solutions for Global Markets

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ScalED – Scalable Education Solutions for Global Markets

ScalED – Scaled Educational Solutions for Global Markets -project targets to develop products, competence and export activities for distance learning, digital content and technical solutions. It also aims to develop the competence to participate in global development bank projects.


  • ScalED – Scaled Educational Solutions for Global Markets -project targets to develop products, competence and export activities for distance learning, digital content and technical solutions. It also aims to develop the competence to participate in global development bank projects.
  • The project aims to promote the growth of the educational services of the region by creating scalable digital educational solutions for the needs of developing markets.
  • These solutions take in consideration especially the pedagogical and digital scalability.
  • The development work and co-operation between region’s educational institutions and companies will result in increased competence in producing educational services for global markets.
  • The project also targets to improve the ability to participate in projects funded by development banks. These development cooperation projects will improve and build region’s public-private co-operation and the quality of educational services targeted for international markets.
  • The digital educational solutions created in this project can potentially be used as references in tenders organized by the development banks.


ScalEd is coordinated by Oulu University. The partners are Luovi Vocational College, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Educational Consortium OSAO, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences Diak,  City of Oulu and BusinessOulu.

The financier of the ScalEd project is the Council of Oulu Region funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


Mari Kontturi
Manager of International Affairs
+358 40 319 3264

Beyond the classroom walls:learning in different environments

Beyond the classroom walls:learning in different environments

“Beyond the classroom walls: learning in different environments” is a collaborative Nordplus project involving four vocational schools: Vocational training centre of Panevezys (Lithuania), Daugavpils Trade Vocational Secondary School (Latvia), Luovi Vocational College (Muhos, Finland) and Brahe Education Centre (Finland).

Goals of the project

The main aim of the project is the development of teachers’ professionalism through improvement of pedagogical and didactical methods. The objectives are:

  • To educate teachers of general subjects for enhanching  innovative teaching methods.
  • To develop teachers’ key and professional competences
  • To encourage teaching in verstile environments, including outdoor learning and integrated learning
  • To strengthen and develop cooperation between Lithuanian, Latvian and Finnish schools and promote Nordic-Baltic cultural understanding.

The main target group are teachers of general education (core) subjects and other partners’ pedagogical staff. The project duration is 2 years. The activies online and face to face will enable us to reach the project goals.The project will promote improvement of pedagogical and didactical methods, such as blended learning, collaborative learning, co-teaching, gamification in learning and crossover learning. It will also encourage learning in different environments: virtual, physical and outdoor.

Project partners

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Koulutuskeskus Brahe -logo.


Miia Tolonen, International coordinator,, + 358 40 319 3183



We expect our teachers to train their VET students to become resilient global citizens who can manifest themselves in an increasingly international working environment. The reality is that less than 10% of the students attend education regarding internationalization. The main reasons are limited financial resources (Erasmus+) and reluctance of many students to go abroad for a longer period of time. The vast majority of our students are therefore not or hardly immersed in the internationalization relevant to their work context. It is therefore necessary to link education to Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and specific 21st Century Skills.

Up until now, internationalization education has often had an ad hoc character. An important reason for this is the lack of an accessible toolbox for structuring internationalization education in the curriculum. Due to COVID-19 or similar future crises, we expect the group of students who will exchange with another country to become smaller.

The importance of internationalization @home education will increase in order to acquire international competences. The BUILD@HOME project is aimed to meet this need by developing an easy to use toolbox that enables teachers and students to create or follow education that closely matches the curriculum/learning objectives, learning needs, talents and core qualities of the student. All this in the context of the required international competences and Agenda 2030. The toolbox is designed for every type of education and for every type of student. We want to offer extra handles for new applications in Technical courses and Students with fewer opportunities in the broadest sense of the word.

In the long term, the desired impact is that every participating VET school has structurally incorporated the toolbox BUILD@HOME in education so that every student can gain international experience in regular lessons, without having to travel abroad. 

Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.



Miia Tolonen, International coordinator,, + 358 40 319 3183

IdiVET – Improving Digital Learning in VET


IDiVET – Improving Digital Learning in VET – is a strategic partnership project (KA2) supported by the Erasmus+ Programme. The project aims to support the adoption of innovative pedagogical approaches and the use of digital technologies in vocational education and training. 5 partners have joined forces to carry out this action.

Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.


Association Nationale pour la Formation Automobile (ANFA) – France – Coordinator of the project: ANFA is a non-for-profit sector organisation managed by the social partners of the French automotive services sector. ANFA promotes employment and the renewal of the sector’s work force. One of its tasks is to make VET correspond to the needs of the sector. ANFA works with a network of 80 partner VET centres across the whole of France. 

ANFA Services de l'Automobile et de la Mobilité -logo.

Scuola Centrale Formazione Associazione (SCF) – Italy: SCF is a non-for-profit organisation recognized by the Ministry of Labour joining together 47 organisations managing 106 VET centres distributed in 11 different regions. SCF works primarily to offer a representative support and an effective coordinating action to all associates, with a specific interest on methodologies, evaluation, innovation and transfer of best practices.

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Conselleria de cultura, educacion e universidade – Xunta de Galicia – Spain:  the Conselleria is the department of the Regional Government Galicia in charge of the definition and coordination of plans for the promotion of entrepreneurship and the employability improvement of students in vocational training (VET).

Xunta de Galicia -logo.

Société d’Enseignement Professionnel du Rhône (SEPR) – France: SEPR is one of the biggest vocational training centres in France. It trains nearly 4,000 learners each year in 6 sectors. SEPR was selected by the European Commission to integrate its Digital Action Plan and pilot the experimentation if the SELFIE diagnostic tool for VET centres in France.

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Ammattiopisto Luovi – Finland: Luovi provides upper secondary education and training for young people and adults nationwide in Finland. It is the largest vocational special education institution in Finland with 1800 students with special needs in initial VET and over 20 sites across the country.

Ammattiopisto Luovin logo.


The COVID 19 pandemic has added further urgency to the need to develop innovative digital practices in the area of education. This is particularly true for Vocational Education and Training (VET) and even more so regarding initial VET on European Qualification Framework (EQF) level 3 and 4. Due to a certain focus on manual skills, VET has been less “digital” than other areas of education. 

As anti-COVID 19 measures and restrictions increased across the globe, VET providers had to come up with quick solutions to maintain teaching and training provision. In many cases, this involved the deployment of digital practices and tools they were not very familiar with – without paying much attention to underlying theoretical approaches. 

Nonetheless, the pandemic has not only been perceived as a major challenge but also as opportunity. To some teachers, trainers and VET providers, the COVID19 crisis has acted as a catalyst accelerating the introduction of new digital practices which would have required much more time under normal circumstances. It has unlocked the creative and innovative potential of European VET teachers and trainers. 


So far, the COVID 19 experience and its impact on digital VET teaching practices has not been analysed in detail. The present project intends to support the uptake of innovative approaches and digital technologies in VET in a twofold manner. Firstly, it will develop a grid to analyse digital VET practice developed since the outbreak of the pandemic and create a repository of concrete good practice examples from the area of automotive VET. Secondly, the project will build on the insights from this analysis to provide general recommendations on the principles of quality digital VET and develop and test a transnational training course for teachers and trainers.

To do so, the project will expand on national and European projects and initiatives, such as SELFIE and DigCompEdu and build on the shared and complementary expertise of a consortium reflecting the variety of VET across Europe. Even though the main focus will be on pedagogical support to teachers and trainers facing the “Herculean task” of abruptly adopting digital and distance learning, the project will also highlight external factors facilitating the emergence of innovative digital approaches.

The project will support VET professionals in capitalising on their COVID-19 experience in developing further innovative practice. It will foster the innovative use of digital technologies and support VET providers in dealing with the “new normal” by developing suitable solutions to hybrid training. In doing so, the project intends to contribute to making responsive digital VET a crucial means for overcoming the economic and social aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

Project goals

  • Enable VET teachers and trainers to capitalise on their COVID-19 experience to develop innovative digital practice;​
  • Provide them with insights from transnational examples;​
  • Foster the innovative use of digital technologies;​
  • Support VET providers by developing suitable solutions to hybrid training

Connect person /

Miia Tolonen international coordinator,, +358 40313183

Future Jobs from North to South

Future Jobs from North to South

Future skills for working life.

This project aims to exchange good practice on how VET (vocational education and training) institutions can best respond to future skills requirements on the labor market. It also aims to share the expertise of partner organizations and learn together new ways on how to work with the world of work and achieve future skill requirements.

Objectives of the project

Sharing best practices

The management and staff will learn the respective projects in the partner countries. Best practices will be shared as a digital blog. Trainers can exchange ideas, gain experience and pass these results on to their own companies as multipliers.

Inquiring needs of companies

What skills do future employees need in the companies that go beyond professional and job-specific qualifications? Which general skills must be imparted?

Summarizing the results in a blog

It will serve not only as a guide for partners to adapt the project curricula, but also for future projects and measures.

We aim to

  1. Improve the skills and competencies of the participating employees
  2. Strengthen the link between the strategy of the organizations and the cooperation and collaboration with companies
  3. Promote wider opportunities for cooperation and collaboration and joint development of partners 
  4. More visibility for internationalization
  5. Awareness of the needs of future jobs at all levels

Future jobs blog

Read more about the project from upcoming blog!


Read more about the partners

Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands gemeinnütziger e.V., Germany

The CJD is one of Germany’s largest social and educational organisations. Every year, it gives 155,000 young people and adults guidance and opportunities for the future. 9,500 full-time employees and numerous volunteers at over 150 locations provide help, support and education/training. This work is based on the Christian conception of what it means to be human, with the vision: “Let no one fall by the wayside!”

Federazione Centro Nazionale Operesalesiane Formazione Aggiornamento Professionale, Italy

The CNOS-FAP Federation, National Centre of Salesian Institutions – Vocational Training and Updating, is an Italian association founded on December 9th 1977. It coordinates the Italian Salesian VET centres who provide a public service in vocational guidance, initial, higher and continuous vocational education and training, following the educational methodology of St. John Bosco. It is a non-profit organization, representing in Italy the Salesians’ commitment towards the delivering of VET services and programs, particularly addressed to marginalized youth.

Salesian Institutions are in 133 Countries; as VET providers they started their activities in 1870 and are currently active in 108 Countries, managing about 1845 technical and educational schools and VET centres addressed to more than 1.215.000 beneficiaries, numbering them among the eldest, long-lasting and widest network of training providers of the world.

At national level, The CNOS-FAP Federation operates in 16 Italian Regions with 60 Centres, coordinated by the National Office, active in VET field mainly through providing vocational guidance and counselling services for youth and adults, and planning and delivering courses and modules in different fields. Nowadays, CNOS-FAP Federation is fully equipped and is available to enable vocational training for youth and adults in many sectors, with particular regard to the following areas: Industrial engineering, Civil and Industrial electrical and automation systems, Basic and advanced information technology, Company secretary and desk work, Graphic Design & Multimedia, Hotel and Hospitality, Car Mechanics and Energy.

Hengitysliitto ry /Ammattiopisto Luovi, Finland

Ammattiopisto Luovi (Luovi Vocational College) provides vocational education and training, VET at upper secondary level for both young and adults nationwide. Luovi is the largest vocational special education institution in Finland and it is spread across 22 sites. There are 1800 students with special needs in initial VET. Reasons may include mental health and social problems, minor developmental delays, reading and writing difficulties and developmental disorders. The students of Luovi need individual support and study guidance.

Luovi provides initial VET in seven fields of study: Cultural sector, Natural sciences, Natural resources and the environment, Tourism, catering and domestic services, Technology, communication and transport and Social sciences, business and administration. Besides, Luovi provides preparatory training, VALMA for vocational studies and TELMA for independent living and work.

L’Heure Joyeuse, Marocco

Joyeuse has been developing concrete and sustainable solutions, based on innovative approaches, designed to improve the daily lives of underprivileged children as well as young people.

Three activity sectors

Training and professional integration sector: Be engaged and act with youth for their life goals. Facilitate young people’s integration to the professional environment via appropriate support through the OPIU (Professional Orientation and Insertion unit). Provide quality training within our CFAs (Training Center by Learning) or at partner training centers. Initiate, support, and train young people for entrepreneurship.

Educational sector: Ensure educational, pedagogical, social,and academic support tailored to the needs of children and young people in difficulty. Strengthen their autonomy. Develop families’ resilience. Tackle school drop-out in rural areas.

Health sector: Fight against child mortality. Address the medical needs of the Educational sector. Bring aid to populations in high medical distress.

Stiftelsen Utbildning Nordkalotten, Sweden

Stiftelsen Utbildning Nordkalotten (The Arctic Vocational Foundation), Utbildning Nord is situated in Övertorneå, in the northern part of Sweden. Utbildning Nord started as a vocational training provider 1970. Since 1991 the school has been organized as a non-profit making foundation. The governments in Finland, Norway and Sweden have the responsibility for the foundation. Beside the regulations of the foundation the activities are regulated by an agreement of co-operation between the three countries.

Utbildning Nord is a vocational training provider for the Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish labor markets’ needs. Vocational training is tailored to each individual student and the teaching methods focus on the motto “learning by doing”. This means that many of the training programs are based on practical learning with the support of teachers.

Training programs includes Hotel and Restaurant, Engineering and industry, Construction and craft, Information and communication technology and Assistant nurse. We have 68 teachers and other staff members, 285 adult learners (20+years old) and 48 young learners (16-19 years old).

More information

Mikael Tikkanen
+358 40 319 3353