Pictured: Students from Enäjärvi school in Pori, Finland are focused on their tasks in Me & MyCity. Meet the engineer, purchaser, managing director and operator.
Luvata Pori lent its support to the award-winning Finnish learning concept ‘Me & MyCity’ that teaches young students how the world works. Me & MyCity aims to teach 12-year-olds about entrepreneurship, economics and society via hands on experience. About 70% of Finland’s sixth-graders participate in the program each year and the program has been awarded as the top educational innovation in the world.
Learning employee, citizen and consumer skills
With eighteen Me & MyCity locations throughout Finland, the goal of the program is to enable students to understand their own role in being part of a community. Students spend a day in a mock town consisting of companies from various sectors. Students prepare for the day by learning some basics from why we pay taxes to how to apply for a job. On the day, students have assignments that are based on the operations of real companies.
"We simplified a few of our processes to simulate our business,” says HR specialist Pilvi Järvinen from Luvata Pori. “These ‘prospective’ employees bought copper raw material, sold Luvata’s solar ribbon - branded Sunwire® - and arranged the logistics, in addition to taking care of other basic tasks of running a business. We wanted to highlight a few of the key elements of our operations, like engineering skills and the importance of safety," tells Järvinen.
In her father’s footsteps
Twelve-year-old Siiri Rantanen was one of the 2200 students employed for a day by Me & MyCity in Pori. "I specifically wanted to work as an engineer at Luvata. I’m interested in mathematics and think engineers use math a lot. Also, my father works for Luvata," Siiri explains.
According to Siiri the day was interesting, although very busy, since there was a lot to do.
"We started the day with a health inspection, bought raw material and studied occupational safety. One of my tasks was to calculate how many reels we needed for the Sunwire we made. That was tough math without a calculator," Siiri says. “I liked being an engineer, even if it was difficult. We helped each other and together we were able to solve all the problems."
With that valuable take-away, the day could truly be called a success.
Luvata is a world leader in metal solutions manufacturing and related engineering services. Luvata’s solutions are used in industries such as renewable energy, power generation, automotive, medicine, air-conditioning, industrial refrigeration, and consumer products. The company’s continued success is attributed to its longevity, technological excellence and strategy of building partnerships beyond metals. Employing over 6,300 staff in 18 countries, Luvata works in partnership with customers such as Siemens, Toyota, CERN and Carrier.