Published on the 16/05/2023
> Launch year: 2021
> How many schools are currently making use of it?: 51-250
> Other tags: Is funded by government, Is evaluated, Free of cost
> Technology: Video streaming
> Country: FinlandDownload PDF
Website: Virtual TET
Virtual TET has its own webpage (www.tat.fi/etatet/) where teachers can acquire information and register their class for the next Virtual TET. After the registration, the teacher gets more in-depth information regarding the participation process and schedule. The students can participate in the whole week (recommended) or choose a specific day. The program is completely virtual, but some of the assignments require that the students have the possibility to work in small groups. Therefore, it is recommended, that students participate during their school day with their teacher and peers. Virtual TET is open for all Finnish upper secondary schools, high schools and vocational schools (14-19-year-old students). The Virtual TET uses a green screen which means that different working lives and industries can be “created” in the background to enhance the real-world experience. Additionally, students are invited to send in pictures and videos via social media to increase involvement. These pictures are published on the broadcast.
Description of technology
Microsoft Teams (as the main platform), Mentimeter (for polls and submitting answers to various assignments), google (for searching information). During the period the students are working from their laptops or other mobile devices.
How the resource makes career guidance more effective, efficient and/or equitable for students
Virtual TET was developed during the Covid-19 pandemic, when physical collaboration between schools and work life was cancelled or postponed. Together with the Finnish industries, Economy and Youth TAT wanted to provide at least something for the schools to continue with the work life familiarization periods despite the challenging situation. Later as the situation normalized, it was noticed, that this kind of solution can still bring added value to the work life familiarization periods at schools by complementing physical work life collaboration with a digital learning environment. It was seen to enable a wider network and a more comprehensive look into work life through introducing multiple industries, career paths and companies from all over Finland. Furthermore, there are always students who can't participate for some reason in a normal work life familiarization period in a specific physical learning environment and for those students the Virtual TET can be the only option. Virtual TET can also be seen as expanding possibilities of familiarization of work life, as TET (work placement) participation is not tied to geographical location.