The aim of the project is to improve immigrants inclusion, access to training and employment, and job search skills. The project covers the region of Etelä-Savo.
In Helper, we want to be a catalyst for building a good life in South Savo. Our aim is to support the attraction and retention of our region by promoting positive attitudes and developments in relation to employment and recruitment of immigrants. We also want to develop inclusion in a way that strengthens participants’ employment, education and training and Finnish language skills.

The project measures include

  • creating a job-seeking volunteering model and developing leisure opportunities
  • Finnish job search and its digital opportunities and promotion of knowledge of working life
  • strengthening the use of plain language
  • building business partnerships to support labour supply
  • developing international recruitment
  • personalised guidance for job and education search
  • workshops, training, group guidance

Helper – would you like to become a volunteer job search counsellor or find out more about how your community can develop volunteering in the field of guidance and employment of immigrants? Contact helpers Heidi, Henna or Sanna-Mari.


More information

Johanna Pirinen
Project Manager
050 526 2582

Heidi Aska-Randelin
R&D Expert
050 475 1837

Henna Rämä
R&D Expert
050 441 5995

Sanna-Mari Pöyry (starting from 1.4.2024)
R&D Expert
040 192 7974


Helper – sustainable employment paths for immigrants

1 February 2024 – 31 July 2026

Project partners

Lead partner: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

Focus areas: Sustainable wellbeing
Xamk Research Units: Juvenia


Total budget: € 431 147

XAMK part of the total budget: € 107 786

Financiers and main source of funding: Euroopan unionin osarahoittama, Etelä-Savon Ely-keskus

Index terms