Students from Salpaus Further Education won eleven medals at the Taitaja National Skills Competition held in Joensuu 14th – 16th of May.
In Computer-aided Design, CAD, Salpaus students were especially strong: Jaakko Ekman won gold and Aleksandr Otletov bronze and Toni Kokkonen came fourth. Jaakko Ekman was also chosen as Taitajien Taitaja, the best Taitaja competitor this year. Jaakko has won Taitaja Competition already three times. He has also won bronze medal in the European Championships.
Veera Metsälä and Ville Härkönen also won gold medals. They competed together in the area of Financial Administration, which was a Demonstration Category.
Silver medals were won by Jani Lahtimo in Industrial Electronics, Joona Lahtinen in IT/Software Applications, Jonna Raitala in Beauty Therapy and Mika Nieminen in Welding.
Bronze medals went to Teemu Heikkinen in Ventilation Technology, Emmi Liski in Horse Grooming, Henri Tiihonen in Customer Service and Selling and Noora Viikari in Animal Care (Demonstration Category).
This year, the Taitaja Competition had over 400 participants in 40 different categories. Salpaus Further Education had 25 students from different programmes in the Taitaja finals. Salpaus team was bigger than ever.
Other team members achieved the following rankings:
- Industrial Electronics, Ahola Santtu, 4th place
- Animal Care (Demonstration Category), Mannila Outi, 4th place
- Entrepreneurship, Miro Merranmaa, Juuso Hänninen and Antti Koljonen, 4th place
- Stonemasonry, Iiro Masalin, 4th place and Ilmari Manner 5th place
- Tourism (Demonstration Category): Veera Seppänen (and Sini Aaltonen) 5th place
- Industrial Control, Jesse Jämsén, 5th place
- Electrical Installations, Ville Kuoppala, 6th place
- Customer Service and Selling, Rosa Rimpiläinen, 8th place
Bronze Medal for the Ninth Graders from Lahti
There was also a skills competition for comprehensive school ninth graders in Joensuu. The winners of the bronze medal in Taitaja9 Competition came from Salpausselkä School, Lahti. They were Topi Koskinen, Konsta Martikainen and Kiia Salas. Also another team from Lahti, from Ahtiala School, received a place in the group of 12 best teams.
Taitaja2014 will be held in Lahti
Next year the Taitaja National Skills Competition will be held in Lahti. Salpaus Further Education will be hosting the competition at Lahti Fair Centre and the nearby campus of Salpaus between the 8th to the 10th of April 2014.
Taitaja will be the biggest public event in Lahti Region in the year 2014. The target for Taitaja2014 is 40,000 visitors.
The competition will be organized in cooperation with local businesses. The background organization is Skills Finland.