ICT for Need is a project implemented in the Tampere university community. In the project, a training entity called ICT4N is developed and piloted.

The main objective of the project is to alleviate the continuing shortage of ICT professionals in companies and organizations in the Pirkanmaa region.

The project aims to ensure the development of a scalable model that supply could match demand in a situation where the domestic education is not sufficient to cover the needs of the companies and organizations, and the companies must import know-how also from abroad. The aim is to reduce the unemployment rate of highly educated foreigners that are already in Finland.

The Impact of the ICT4N Project

The impact of the project is to reduce the unemployment of highly educated foreign-language ICT professionals by upgrading their skills and by providing training tailored to the specific needs of the local business community.

The project helps eliminate the lack of skilled workforce among companies or organizations, which will improve their chances to succeed in the future. The company or organization receives support to fill the skills gap and to recruit at a lower risk. As a concrete result, the specific training planned in collaboration with the Tampere university community is piloted twice during the project.


The ICT4N project is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

The steps in the ICT for Need


Step 1: Contacting companies and mapping the competence and skill needs.

We are using an artificial intelligence program (HeadAI) to clarify the needs precisely.

Step 2: Finding suitable candidates for the project

Candidates are chosen to match the needs of the companies. We also start to tailor a personal study plan for each of the candidates to match the competencies and skills needed in the companies.

Step 3: The training program is planned

Some part of the training program is executed together with all the candidates. The themes are confirmed during surveys in earlier steps.

Joint training also includes language and communication studies. In addition, in the planning phase, the materials of the study courses are tailored to support and enable on-the-job learning and studying.

Step 4: The training period

The training period is started and executed.

Step 5: Matching together period

The methods used in the training include contact teaching, independently acquired material, assignments, demonstrations and internship.

The training includes a three-month internship in a company. The development of the participant is monitored together with the project experts and the company representatives and project experts hold company-specific meetings with the company regularly.

Step 6: ICT4N Learning Process Model

ICT4N learning process model is created and documented. This process starts already at the beginning of the ICT4N project.

Through the project, feedback is gathered to develop the process model. The model will be published in general use.