What is kate

Project title: KATE-  South Savo easily accessible services model to international comers - paths to entrepreneurship and working life.

Implementation time: 01.01.2019-30.06.2021

Funder: European Social Fund (ESF), Etelä-Savo ELY-Centre

What are the project goals?

KATE-project has the goal of creating a hybrid (blended) accessibility model whereas services are provided both face to face and on-line, independently from place and time. By combining and strengthening already existing services for international comers in the region of South Savo, the project provides added value to their employment and at the same time supports business growth. By creating a common work platform among different actors (social, economic, and third sector) the aim also is to raise awareness and opportunities for companies to internationalize and increase competitiveness in the region. The blending service model offers customers a tailored educational and employment roadmap based on his/ her background and skills.

For whom is the project?

The project is for international comers who live in South Savo, or would like to move to this region of Finland and find work or a place for study. These may include individuals who have already considerable work experience or little work experience, as well as individuals who are almost finishing their studies and they are ready to move on in their life. 

The other main target group is the companies from South Savo and/or companies that want to invest in South Savo, and they are in need of international workforce. 

Who is implementing the project?

The KATE project main coordinator is the Otavia Folk High School, and the co-partner is MikseiMikkeli Oy.

Otavia has a long experience in immigrants’ education (both as a local and digital service), particularly comprehensive school and preparatory comprehensive school.

Mikkeli Development Company Miksei Oy' s (website in finnish) mission is to develop the region's vitality and business life with direct contacts with businesses, which is a key requirement for the recruitment of foreign employees.