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Working life skills from Me & MyCity

12-year old Finnish school children get familiar with working life by coming to work at Raisio for one day – for fun. The children practise financial, employment and entrepreneurial skills in the miniature societies of the Me & MyCity project.

In 2013, Raisio joined the Finnish Me & MyCity project, which is now expanding to other European countries as well. Me & MyCity societies are miniature towns with companies and public services. The children work in the companies of these towns for one day earning virtual salary and functioning as mini-society's citizens and consumers.

Raisio is involved in the Me & MyCity project as we want to support the working life skills training. We want to provide children with experiences through learning by doing and to familiarise them with various food industry occupations, their future career choices in mind.

A day in MyCity

Five children work daily in the company called Raisio in MyCity and each of them has a scripted occupation. Before the children come to MyCity, they get familiar with the basics of society and economy during 10 classes at school. They also have a first taste of job-hunting as they apply for jobs at different companies of MyCity, companies like Raisio, Neste Oil or Samsung. During the day, Raisio's employees have a chance to lead Raisio or to develop, arrange tastings or launch new products.

Awarded Me & MyCity

Raisio is involved in Me & MyCity of Southwest Finland. There are similar MyCities in other parts of Finland. In November 2013, Me & MyCity won its own series in the European Commission's contest, which awarded top initiatives supporting entrepreneurship. The Me & MyCity project is coordinated by the Finnish Economic Information Office (TAT).

In the picture: Ilari Pirilä from Naantali worked one day as Raisio's Managing Director in the project Me & MyCity Southwest Finland.