This summary describes how new skills are created in Finland and explores a new skills system that makes lifelong learning possible for everyone. The description of the new skills system is intended for use by all national and regional actors involved in lifelong learning and all those interested in the comprehensive renewal of competence. The new skills system is explained in more detail in the publication “Tulevaisuuden osaaminen syntyy ekosysteemeissä” (Future skills are created in ecosystems).
The results of the publication reflect the shared vision of 30 key actors representing working life, education, and the public sector on lifelong learning in Finland and Sitra’s seven recommendations to promote lifelong learning. The description of the new skills system is based on Sitra’s co-operation with stakeholders and pilot projects carried out in various parts of Finland, as well as studies produced by Sitra.
The rapidly changing operating environment challenges us to continuously renew our skills and thinking. This need for renewal is reflected throughout the skills system and concerns everyone. To enable continuous renewal, particular attention needs to be paid to the development of four elements: competence data, needs-based approach, having an ecosystem-oriented approach, and making a measurable impact.