Final Pitching for Demola Oulu Season Autumn 2017, representing our team Finland of Opportunities. We were given the task to find a solution in helping our partner, The City of Oulu and Oulun aikuislukio (Oulu Upper Secondary School) integrating immigrant students to Finnish working life via the Työelämään tutustuminen (TET) where Finnish students go to working places like companies, offices, shops, to experience working life, hands-on, between 1 day up to 2 weeks. Immigrant students found that it is quite challenging for them to find places of this 'internship'.
We investigated both the students and the companies to understand where the real problem lies. The solutions come in a form of recommendations because the whole process is systemic and require a high level of coordination between authorities, NGOs, companies and individuals. Further discussion is needed, perhaps hosted by the City of Council, to analyse where there should begin with. Immigrants are not 'a bunch of people'. They are individuals with unique knowledge, skill, talent, and potentials. Through this project, we are "empowering the global talent' for Finland.