EAMTC member Savo Vocational College prepares for World Skills Competition

EAMTC member’s Savo Vocational College (Part 147 Approval Number FI.147.0006) will be competing again at the forthcoming World-Skills competition to be held in Leipzig, Germany. 2nd-7th July 2013.

Savo Vocational College is located in the heart of the beautiful lake district in Eastern Finland. Its programmes include a comprehensive range of vocational training courses. The college networks in partnership and development projects with Universities in Finland and other organisations in Europe.

Mr. Olli Kankimaki, the Training Manager responsible for Aircraft Maintenance Training at the college, told the EAMTC, “We are once again entering the World-Skills competition. Our team has been hard at work on this under the leadership of Hannu Kokkonen, one of our instructors and Skill Manager.”

Hannu continued, “Preparation and training for the World-Skills Competition has been aa exciting challenge for us. We had a joint training camp with some of the British competitors in January and we are planning another with the Swedish competitors.”

“Our entrant this year is Soila Korhonen. Soila is 21 years old and will graduate from the college at the end of May. Soila has a diploma, her Vocational Qualification, in Aircraft Maintenance and of course, this is the part of the competition in which she will participate.

With young people from all over the world taking part we know that competition will be tough as they all want to be the best of the best in their chosen skill.

Soila practices sheet metal skills

The test for Soila in this category comprises basic Aircraft Maintenance Technician competencies, for structural repairs, system troubleshooting and inspections. The competitors are also required to make adjustments to an aircraft’s control surfaces and carry out jet engine inspections. The judges focus on mastery of correct working procedures, correct use of tools and of the application of the maintenance manual etc.

This work, in addition to teaching, is very rewarding and motivational. Another benefit, rather like being at the EAMTC, is that we can network with our aviation industry colleagues and thereby contribute to aviation safety”.

Olli Kankimaki concluded, “We had success in the competition in October 2011, in London, when our competitor won the silver medal in this category. We are very pleased to be participating again this year and wish Soila every success.”

Savo Vocational College – general information is available in Finnish at www.sakky.fi and in English here.

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