The City of Jyväskylä is using new ways to address a shortage of community care workers. Under the new initiative, apprenticeships have been created to provide one additional trainee support worker for each of the city’s home care districts.

Jyväskylä, like the rest of the country, suffers from a lack of home care workers to support the city’s elderly residents.

A joint initative by the city, the Gradia educational consortium and the TE employment office, the Oppimispolku osaajaksi kotihoitoon (Learning pathway to a career in home care) training programme is designed to address this shortage. A total of 61 applications were received for the 10 places on offer. The applicants will now be invited to an interview and asked to take part in an evaluation to assess their suitability for the role.