Lifelong learning as a habit
In today’s increasingly diverse and interconnected world economies are more global and fluctuating, and the notions of work and job markets are shifting too. There are ever fewer jobs for life. In almost any field or profession workers must be adaptable and prepared to update their skills regularly, potentially re-train, or even change careers completely. It is therefore essential to top up knowledge and skills from time to time to suit changing circumstances, be those financial, technological, environmental or societal. Companies also know that in today’s competitive world they need to remain attractive to their current employees perhaps as much as to prospective new talent. Hence, the field of corporate training has seen a boost in recent years, as organizations are offering all manner of options for improving the skills of their workforce, from one-off courses and qualifications to in-the-job training, and from continuous professional development to leadership programs.
In Finland, we have understood that it is not sufficient to put people through an expert education system, nor simply keeping their capabilities up-to-date for the changing demands of the markets, but to encourage life-long learning as a habit. There are a variety of corporate training programs being offered by Finnish companies to also organizations abroad.