The National Prize for Innovative Practices in Employment and Social Policy will be awarded for the last time this spring, with the winners being chosen from 99 applicants. The open call for applications ended on 15 February. This year the theme was willpower. Willpower is vital if working communities are to find the best ways to operate amid the changes affecting working lives. See below the short presentations from the applicants (in Finnish):
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and the Finnish Work Environment Fund will choose between 5 and 10 workplaces to receive the prize. Even the public can vote for their favourite workplaces between 20 April and 2 May 2017. The prizes will be awarded on 9 May.
The prize is awarded to workplaces who have promoted lifelong learning, the development of expertise, well-being at work and, as a result, longer working careers. One prize is worth a maximum of 30,000 euros. The award is granted by the Fund for the National Prize for Innovative Practices in Employment and Social Policy. The President of the Republic acts as the patron of the prize.
Suvi Kiesiläinen, Specialist, Sitra
Ismo Suksi, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry for Social Affairs and Health
Mikko Rissanen, Senior Officer, Ministry for Social Affairs and Health