The TOITA project promotes employment among immigrants as well as their integration into Finnish society. The immigrants are participating in a three-month course at TAMK, where they study international business. Following this, they will undergo training of a similar length at companies in Pirkanmaa.
After the project, the educational service model being developed in the project can be used as a new mode of integration. The project is funded by the European Social Fund.
An exciting first meeting
The TOITA project pilot companies and the international talents met each other for the first time at TAMK in March. Initially, 26 immigrants from 18 different countries on nearly every continent are taking part in the project. The training is intended for unemployed foreign people, excluding asylum seekers.
Initially, 26 immigrants from 18 different countries on nearly every continent are taking part
in the project.
The project manager for the Home in Finland project (Kotona Suomessa), Ilona Korhonen from Uusimaa ELY Centre, also took part in the students’ and companies’ first meeting. Home in Finland supports immigration and integration projects nationwide, bringing together the various operators in the sector.
The company can enter new markets and the unemployed person with higher education can prove their competence.
Towards the UAE’s markets
Three students in the TOITA project will undergo their three months of training at Flexbright, which produces LED lighting solutions. The students originally come from Iraq, Iran, Vietnam and Thailand.
Flexbright wants to enter the United Arab Emirates market, and the Iraqi engineer taking part in the training has several years of experience in the country, as well as know-how on their markets, how negotiations are handled there and how they like to run their businesses.
Flexbright is also interested in entering the Southeast Asian markets, which is why the Vietnamese and Thai participants were also selected for the team. The Thai student has a background in IT, while the Vietnamese student has worked in business and has two diplomas from Finnish universities.
TEXT: URSULA HELSKY-LEHTOLA | PHOTOS: TIINA SUVANTO