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The objective of the Work Hub (‘Osaamo’) project is to develop new services and solutions that enhance employment and entrance to education amongst the population. The second main objective is to facilitate recruitment and the availability of skilled labour through new solutions.

The operators participating in Work Hub develop low-threshold employment and economic development services in cooperation with other operators in the area in order to find new operating models to tackle competence development challenges, incidence issues and the fragmented nature of service offerings. The project is developing a new kind guidance service model, in which the different needs for employment, continuous learning, participation in employment services and entrepreneurship within the adult population are taken into account. The model also takes the employers’ needs into consideration in terms of availability of skilled labour and the development of business operations.

The project and the operations developed within it utilise existing resources in different areas and employment ecosystems already developed or under development at a national level. The employment ecosystem covers city operators, ELY Centres, Employment and Economic Development Offices, KELA and the various multidisciplinary service structures formed by them along with educational institutions, third sector operators and companies in the different regions. In the ecosystems, services implemented and maintained by cities contain different guidance and communications services concerned with employment, education, business, social welfare, health care and leisure time.

The project is coordinated by the City of Oulu/BusinessOulu. The City of Helsinki, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Tampere Adult Education Centre, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere Vocational College Tredu, the City of Tampere Employment and Growth Services, the City of Turku and the City of Vantaa are other partners in the project. The City of Espoo will be participating in the project as a so-called external benchmark partner, but it will not have a subproject of its own in the entity.

The project period is 1 April 2020–31 December 2021 with a budget of EUR 1,569,654.

Further information:
Marguerite Guibert
Project Manager
BusinessOulu employment services
tel. +358 (0)40 657 7953, marguerite.guibert(at)