About AIKOPA


Adult and Continuing Education Services AIKOPA is an adult education unit jointly run by its parent organisations in the Kajaani University Consortium: University of Oulu and Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. AIKOPA offers university-level education, development and specialist services that fulfil the requirements of regional, national and international working life contexts. 


AIKOPA implements and coordinates different projects and offers versatile services to working communities. These projects, network-based training and development services are organized in cooperation with customers with the aim of developing their professional skills and competence. AIKOPA also organizes Open University of Applied Sciences studies in Kajaani.  


AIKOPA’s partner universities are the University of Jyväskylä, University of Lapland and University of Eastern Finland. Cooperation between the Universities in the University consortium is developed through different projects. Furthermore, AIKOPA cooperates with the network of the Finnish universities of applied sciences.


Training is an investment, which improves the competitiveness of working communities both regionally and internationally!

 

 

For further information, please contact 

Ms Irene Salomäki, Development Manager
Tel. +35840 838 0923
Email. firstname.lastname@aikopa.fi 

 

References of AIKOPA projects:


Kainuu’s Social Work Education and Development Project (KASKK)
The KASKK project aims to address the shortage of social workers in the region and the needs for the research and development of know-how. 
The project’s target group are social workers, and those working in the social field, who are living in the Kainuu region and who lack the statutory qualifications required for the post.
In addition, the target groups of the project include municipalities in the Kainuu area, joint municipal boards, health care facilities and special services for social welfare, whose work practices and structures are being developed in cooperation with the project.
Indirectly, development of the structures of social work in the project, safeguards the well-being of the whole population of Kainuu. 

Implementation period: 1.1.2018-31.12.2020.
For more information:
Ms Tarja Kerttula
Project coordinator
Tel. 050 300 7879

 


Doctoral studies to Kainuu region (TOHOPI)
TOHOPI is an ESF-funded project, which promotes PhD studies in Kainuu and explores different ways for companies to develop their own know-how along with the PhD students. The aim of the project is to support Kainuu's students who are interested in completing their postgraduate studies by offering courses, networking events and opportunities for peer support. The project will develop the participants' own skills and contribute to the availability of skilled, highly qualified workforce in Kainuu. This will maintain and develop the competitiveness of both regional companies and public organizations. TOHOPI-news can be followed on the project’s facebook page


Implementation period: 1.3.2016-31.12.2019
For more information:
Ms Kaisa Merilahti 
Coordinator
Tel. 050 505 7297

 


Participation in well-being and productivity for working life (OVET)
The aim of the Participation in well-being and productivity for working life (OVET) project is the
promotion of the employee’s well-being at work and participation encouragement in so called low-wage sectors (trade, clean-up and catering) through which business productivity, competitiveness and sector’s attractiveness is being improved. The target groups of the project are micro and small enterprises in these sectors, their staff and management (including entrepreneurs). 

Implementation period: 1.2.2017-31.08.2019
For more information:
Mr Hannu Tikkanen
Coordinator
Tel. 044 710 1631



Peaceful workplace in Schools and Pre-school education 
The National Board of Education's project to improve peace in working place in schools and pre-school education.

Issues surrounding peaceful workplace have appeared not only in the public debate but also in the feedback from the teachers.  With the help of training teachers' pedagogical skills, especially for group management are developed.  Through discussions, teacher’s understanding of what kind of behaviors are expected of students are reinforced, and how can the teachers benefit from that in their own field of work. 

The training is organized as a classroom instruction and, in addition, for the implementation of courses, ICT advantages are utilized in form of distance learning and return of independent work. Target groups of the project are pre-school, basic education and upper secondary education.  

Implementation period: 1.6.2017-31.12.2018
For more information:
Ms Kati Rita
Coordinator
Tel. 044 715 7096


Development of leadership and operational culture
The project will educate participants on the skills of change management and the opportunities to utilize supplementary funding for schools. Through the organized training sessions participant’s competences are developed, and during the project, through the implementation of training tasks, know-how will be introduced in schools.

The direct benefit of the project is directed at teaching and education, where the capacity for targeted school development is growing. Indirectly, the development of the school's operational culture promotes teachers' working methods and practices, which will be reflected in later improved student learning outcomes and the effectiveness of education.

Implementation period: 1.6.2017-31.12.2018
For more information:
Ms Kati Rita
Coordinator
Tel. 044 715 7096


Experts recruitment for Kajaani metal industry companies
Recruiting metal industry professionals from Russian Karelia to Kajaani companies. The recruiting will help ease the direct labor shortage. Recruitment events are organized in the metal industry in the Russian Karelia in cooperation with Kajaani companies, other partners as well as Russian operators. In the project, training is organized for the recruiters to ensure the smooth start of work. Also, if needed, facilitating the provision of continuing education for recruiting persons in Finnish or in vocational skills.

Implementation period: N/A
For more information:
Mr Hannu Tikkanen
Coordinator
Tel. 044 710 1631


Further training for kindergarten teachers - Separate selection of early childhood education
for Bachelor's Degree in Educational Sciences 180 ECTS

In Kajaani, supplementary education of kindergarten teachers is carried out according to the degree requirements of early childhood education at the Faculty of Education at the University of Oulu. 

There is a shortage of kindergarten teachers in Kainuu and Eastern and Northern Finland. Additional education aims at facilitating the shortage of kindergarten teachers, especially in the areas of Northern Finland and Kainuu. Graduates from qualification training from the previous VAKA development project/Kindergarten teacher were immediately employed in the area. From that it was noticed that there was still a need for new training.

Implementation period: 14.12.2015–31.7.2018
For more information: 
Ms Teija Mursula
Coordinator
Tel. 040 5897 197

 

The map of Kainuu 
The map of Kainuu - the map of multicultural education and guidance is a comprehensive training program supporting immigration, which will be implemented in the Kainuu region between 2016 and 2018. 
The training package is particularly based on the needs expressed by migration worker in the Kainuu region, who emphasize the importance of cooperation and networking activities in the production of high-quality services.  
 
Implementation period: 1.8.2016 – 30.6.2018
For more information:
Ms Anu Piirainen                                                                                                                                                                     
Coordinator
Tel. 044 7101 395