INNOVET mobility 2008 - 2009


Orientation of the students before work training in INNOVET(  enterprises and companies abroad


Place of  training:


Active Seniors Association. (Toimivat Seniorit ry) 

Viherlaaksonranta 10 A 15, 02710 Espoo, Finland




1.     The trainee has passed successfully INNOVET project’s Global Entrepreneurship-course on line


2.     Before leaving their home country student has found out what is the situation in their own country and this report is sendt to INNOVET coordinator Riitta Repo  and to prof.emrita Pirkko Liikanen .


Mentors: in Finland


·        Senior advisor Helena Allahwerdi (Ph.D.) – Helsinki Business College INNOVET PROJECT - Active Seniors Ass.


·        Lecturer Eeva Hytönen (M.Sc.), - OMNIA College, Active Seniors Ass.


·        Prof. emrita Pirkko Liikanen ( Ph.D.)- Jyväskylä University – Teacher Training College, Active Seniors Ass.




Active  Seniors Ass.can offer to the foreign INNOVET ( ) trainee a studio flat but it is situated 16 km from  Helsinki. Transportation to Helsinki is by bus and train, single fare 3.80€. The trainee is responsible for her/his food.  and transportation.


Topic of the training


 “What kind of enterprises the aging population needs and can afford”


·        The number of the aging population is getting bigger every year. The business companies view the aging population as their secure future clients who need and consume many kinds  of services. The issue is what kind innovations are needed in order to find the right kind of enterprises to serve elderly people successfully. The client is always right.


·        The student training is research oriented and the trainee is able to find the necessary facts about the needs of the aging population ( c. 1 million elderly people. in Finland and the existing services of public, private and voluntary enterprises and organizations; c. 24 000 over 65+ population in Espoo, in Finland).


What the student should know and understand (this kind of survey must be done in the home country and in the country of training (Finland)


1.     The state level (public sector): legislature and the recommendations concerning the aging population


2.     The communal level (public sector in cooperation with the private sector):  how the communes  implement the state legislature, The policy program for the aging population. What can business enterprises and institutes are serving the elderly and what is the cost. Who are left out side and why?


3.     Local level (private companies and voluntary work + non governmental organizations) local enterprises and ngo sector serving the aging people. New innovations.. Weak and strong signals of the needs.


4.     Data: interviews with public and private sector +  cases of elderly people


5.     Writing a report about the situation in one’s own country  must be sent before coming to the country of training (Finland)  Pay attention to the aging population who has no access to services. They can be your future clients!


The main assignment when writing the report


·       The trainee understands and is able to analyse the role of public, private and voluntary ngo sectors in creating services for the elderly.


·       Based on this analysis she classifies the organizations and enterprises she has visited in Finland into different categories.


·       She/he  interviews different seniors and based on these interviews is able to check what kind of services the elderly people need and can afford.


·       She/he learns during her stay  how much the elderly pay taxes in comparison with  the  commune expenditure (budget report),


·       She/he  is able to estimate how much services the public sector gives in return for her/him


·       Who and how many elderly people ( 65+) there are outside public services, WHY they are outside of public and private services. Estimate their needs


·       The trainee proposes a new business idea (private or voluntary sector) serving the elderly in the future.


The structure of the reports


1.     The background of the situation of the ageing people in the country


2.     Situation of the elderly  people


3.     Services of the public sector and their cost


4.     Services iof the private sector and their cost


5.     Services of NGO (non governmental organizations) and voluntary sector and their cost


6.     Empirical data: interviews with the officials and elderly people


7.     Personal opinions and experiences


8.     A proposal for a new business idea serving the  elderly


9.     Summary 


The trainee has received the Finland package of references before coming to Finland and she knows the basic cultural habits needed when being with the elderly and also in different social meetings. and settings  (greetings, politeness in visiting offices, enterprises schools and private homes ), 

  CertificateCertificate of the training is mailed to the trainee and his/her school + HBC International Development Center after the final report by the trainee has been received.