Prime Minister Sanna Marin's government programme and its implementation plan aim to raise the employment rate by 2023. Promoting employment requires a strong investment in education and skills. In the next two years, Finland will implement training packages that will be implemented in the short term and support employment, in order to meet the needs of the employed and those at risk of unemployment. The JOUSTE research project (Monitoring and effectiveness of new fast-track actions in lifelong learning) will provide a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the projects and support their most effective and efficient implementation. The project is funded by the Prime Minister's Office. The study provides information to support the reform of lifelong learning and an increase in the employment rate. The work comprehensively examines the effects of the funded projects on the participants in the measures, training organisations and, more broadly, on the availability of skilled labour and employment. To support evaluation and project implementation, an evaluation and monitoring system will be set up to monitor and evaluate the implementation and impact of lifelong learning activities and to support projects so that they operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. The consortium includes MDI, the University of Lapland, Melkior Oy and Kirsi Pulkkinen Consulting.

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