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Training fund created to close skills gaps

Finland’s education ministry has launched a funding call worth €20 million to help universities and polytechnics create training programmes to fill the country’s skills gaps.

The funding is intended to be used for rapid job training and specialisation initiatives to help graduates qualify for specialised jobs. It should help higher education institutions respond faster to the needs of Finland’s job market, said education minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.

“Now that the economy is growing, almost all of Finland has a shortage of experts,” she said in a statement on 8 October. “We need to respond to this by increasing training and facilitate the availability of labour.”

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