Girls and Technology

We joined the You can! Girls and Technology project that aims to get more girls interested of the technology field. This is important for to get women’s skills widely used in the planning and implementation of technical innovations, for that in the future companies in technology sectors will have a sufficient number of skilled labor and for that Finland can remain at the forefront of technological development. Through the project, Probot Oy will offer girls TET* places and study visits.

We joined the You can! Girls and Technology project run in cooperation between Oulu University of Applied Sciences, and KoulutusAvain Ltd in . The project started in the fall of 2018 and was supposed to end in September of this year but was given an extension until March 2022 and so we could still get involved. Through the project, Probot Oy will offer girls TET places and study visits.

We got involved because one of our employees, Roosa Hyvärinen, noticed some posts about it in the LinkedIn and approach the project manager of the project by email. After finding out the project had been granted an extension we jumped to get involved. It’s very important to get more girls intrested in the technology field.

The next generation of robotics requires diverse skills. In Finland, we must also fully involve women in the development of technology in order to stay at the industry’s forefront! ,

says Matti Tikanmäki, our CEO, in an article published on Oulu University of Applied Sciences’ website.

The project is important because it brings to light new types of TET places also for those girls who have not thought about the technology field as a possible TET place before. Personally, when I was young, I didn’t even know about the possibility to get a TET place in a technology company.,

Roosa Hyvärinen commented the importance of the project in the same article and added

The technology sector needs more women, especially in Finland, where the proportion of women in technology is one of the lowest of the OECD countries. After all, technology is not just for men. The diverse backgrounds of the workers (in technology field) bring new perspectives and enable (developing) solutions that better serve all users. They also create a better opportunity to create completely new technological solutions.

 

Two of Probot Oy’s summerworkers Elli Heikkinen and Ella Anttila with the robotdog.

You can! Girls and Technology project

“Did you know that Finnish girls are the second best in the world in mathematics according to the PISA survey, but are the least interested in applying for technology field in OECD countries?” is asked on the project website. This is what You can! Girls and Technology project seeks to change.

The project aims to strengthen girls’ confidence in their own skills by increasing knowledge and positive perceptions of the technology field among girls. The aim is also that women’s skills will be widely used in the design and implementation of technological innovations and that in the future companies in technology sectors will have a sufficient number of skilled labor, which will increase the quality and quantity of technological innovations.

In practice, the project organizes technology workshops and technology TET places for girls in the Oulu and Kainuu areas, and training for teaching and guidance staff. In addition, the project will create together with the target group, teaching and guidance material that takes equality and non-discrimination into account.

 

 

Find out more about the project:
https://www.sinaosaat.fi/in-english

Article from Oamk’s webpage (only in Finnish): https://www.oamk.fi/fi/oamk/ajankohtaista/oamkin-uutiset/tekniikka-tutuksi-tytoille-TET-paikkojen-avulla

*TET = (Työelämään tutustuminen in Finnish and in english lit. familiarization with working life) is a program providing one to three weeks of experience working in a real job during middle school (lower secondary education). Each student can choose and apply to their work independently and they have to sign a contract with both the school and the employer. Students working in the program do not receive salary or allowance. The purpose of the program is to introduce students to real-life working environments.