Highly educated experts utilize digital tools extensively

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A recent study, Asiantuntijatyö alustatalouden aikakaudella (Expert work on the era of the platform economy), conducted by the SWiPE research project, explored how digitalisation of work and growth of platform economy and the challenges and opportunities they bring, are reflected in the work of highly educated Akava members who do expert work. The survey material was … Continued

Recent research on expert work on the era of platform economy: The members of Akava believe the digitalisation has a positive effect on their labour market position

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Recent research shows that higher education professionals are taking advantage of the opportunities offered by digitalisation and technological development. Digitalisation and technological development are not believed to reduce the workload of the experts. However, working on platforms and providing their own expertise on platforms remains limited. The development of competence is often done on one’s … Continued

Freedom and flexibility attract to platform work in spite of uncertainties

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SWiPE researchers Laura Seppänen, Mervi Hasu, Sari Käpykangas and Seppo Poutanen have researched platform work’s mechanisms and effects from a sustainable development’s perspective. Work through digital platforms is constantly growing and offering new opportunities. Service providers and buyers meet flexibly and scalably, creating new economic efficiency. At the same time, the platform work may increase … Continued

Researched information and policy recommendations on the promotion of immigrant entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship helps to integrate individuals into society and provides a workplace for entrepreneurs, but also a learning environment for family members and other employees in the company. The entrepreneurship of immigrants has both economic and social value. SWiPE researcher Satu Aaltonen has studied immigrant entrepreneurs and public, private and third-sector organisations offering early-stage services. Her … Continued

SWiPE research strongly presented in the Journal of Professional and Vocational Education

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The latest issue 01/2018 of Journal of Professional and Vocational Education has been published in collaboration with the research projects of Strategic Research Council’s WORK-programme. There are two articles related to SWiPE, one of which deals with company-driven vocational education and the other about a new emerging professionality in the social and health sector that … Continued

Platform economy’s effects on work and education were discussed at SWiPE meeting in Brussels

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The Finnish permanent representation to the European Union provided a forum for SWiPE’s morning coffee event organised for the stakeholders in Brussels. SWiPE researchers Anne Kovalainen, Seppo Poutanen and Kaisa Hytönen presented SWiPE’s current news and recent research findings to members of the European Parliament, their assistants, the experts of EU representation and representatives of … Continued

Discussion on the change of work continues

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The four research programmes funded by the Strategic Research Council carried out “Työnmurroksen mestarikurssi” (a master course of change of work) for researchers, decision-makers and experts during March and April. Also SWiPE as a part of Skilled workers – successful labour market -programme brought its own expertise into the course. A total of 18 researchers, … Continued

Active involvement of immigrants promotes integration

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Monikulttuurien yhteiskunta -event (multicultural society) closed the seminar series “Tutkittua tietoa maahanmuutosta” (researched data on immigration), organised by the Strategic Research Council. In the event on 23th of April the addresses of academics, experts and immigrants were heard.  Also, SWiPE took part in the event. SWiPE researcher Satu Aaltonen from the University of Turku participated … Continued

The change of work offers opportunities

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The last Työn murroksen mestarikurssi (master course of the change of work) included synthesis on the basis of previous sections on how the changing work changes society and wellbeing. SWiPE Consortium leader Anne Kovalainen and researcher and program director Eveliina Saari took part in the last course. Especially, the technology’s impact on the change of … Continued