Saimaa Vocational College Sampo | Greenreality

“Sustainable development is one of the key skills in lifelong learning”

Saimaa Vocational College Sampo 

Saimaa Vocational College Sampo

Saimaa Vocational College Sampo

Sustainably trained workforce for the region

SAIMAA VOCATIONAL COLLEGE SAMPO TRAINS QUALIFIED, SKILLED WORKERS AND PROVIDES HIGH-QUALITY VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR THE NEEDS OF BUSINESSES IN THE REGION AND NATIONWIDE. SUSTAINABILITY IS PART OF ALL ACTIVITIES AT SAMPO.

– At Sampo, our principle is to act in a way that promotes the health and safety of our employees and students, the environment and society as a whole. One of the most important goals of our work is to increase students' knowledge and thinking about sustainable development, says Quality Coordinator Anne Tuosa.

Sustainability is also an increasingly important part of students’ on-the-job learning. The employer’s social and environmental responsibility must be taken into account already when assessing the suitability of the job.

– A good work environment is one that is healthy in all respects and takes the environment into account. We try to contribute to the improvement of sustainability issues in workplaces and, if necessary, organise alternative teaching arrangements if skills needed for sustainable development cannot be learned at a workplace.

Sampo has a coordination team for sustainable development that annually updates the institution's sustainable development action plan and prepares next year’s development measures. The team works closely with teachers, students and the institution’s partners.

– At our college, students study for themselves and their future, not simply for the sake of a degree. Thats’ why it is important to listen to all parties, says Vice Principal Pekka Turunen.

Above all, the vocational college is a pathway to a profession or further studies, but the school also provides custom-made services for businesses looking to develop their employees’ skills.

– Sustainable development is one of the key skills in lifelong learning, Turunen notes.

Tuosa hopes that through the Greenreality Network, Sampo's teaching staff will gain a broader understanding of what kinds of sustainability skills are expected of future professionals.

– The cooperation also helps diversify our teachers’ and students sustainability skills. This way, we can make our work on sustainable development more visible to the public and reinforce the region’s environmental responsibility and well-being, says Tuosa.