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Welcome to Pirkanmaa Westcome Adult Education Unit

We provide wide-ranging, modern and dynamic adult education in the West Tampere Region to approximately 1000 students every year. We offer a choice of around 100 different courses taking place daytimes, evenings and weekends.

We run vocational, further education and labour market training courses as well as courses for company personnel. We organise apprenticeship studies in the region. We also participate in many national and international projects.

We offer training in the following areas

Short courses

- IT
- Marketing
- Foreign Languages
- On the Job Trainers

Vocational Courses

- IT
- Entertainment and Entertainment Marketing
- Secretarial Skills
- Secretarial Skills in Health Care
- Travel and Tourism
- Sales
- Marketing and Communication
- Classroom Assistants
- Costume Design, Fabrication and Marketing
- Entrepreneurship

The Pirkanmaa Westcome Adult Education Unit has participated in a number of European Social Fund projects as a partner or co-ordinator. Many of them have emphasized on developing programmes of using internet technology which supports the professional development of those providing lifelong learning. The design of course materials has played an important role in the projects. The aim of the material has been mostly to give the participants a practical toolbox which they have designed individually to face their own needs with the help of co-students and trainers. On the other hand. there has been made different kind of distance learning material by the educators for on-line study for those who want to study at home or at work. The experience of designing web material has strengthened the professional skills of the trainers of the Unit and contributed to new partnerships in European projects.

Furthermore, The Adult Education Unit has developed genero-pedagogy in transnational projects as well. The seniors have been taught by the young trainers. It has been investigated how the seniors learn and this will be developed further in cooperation with other European projects.