Leonardo da Vinci -project: FI-04-B-F-PP-160530
The successful progress in creating the trade Polymechanics was enhanced by the open atmosphere that Mr Veijo Hintsanen, the Technical Delegate of Finland describes as one of the factors that most contributed to the preparation work of the WSC Helsinki 2005. According to him, the responsibilities of the committees of the WS organisation almost completely changed as a result of the meetings held in connection with the competitions in St. Gallen in 2003. The new chairman motivated a re-organization of the preparation of the competitions. The previous closed and strongly centralized system of preparation was replaced by an open and de-centralized system that encourages an exchange of knowledge and active collaboration during the years between the competitions.
This open atmosphere also encouraged our vocational institute to call a meeting of Skills offices of different countries. The purpose was to support the design of a development project that would be resourced by the European Leonardo da Vinci Programme. A preparatory project was achieved thanks to the active personnel of the Finnish, British and Liechtensteinian Skills offices. Preparative work was also enhanced by meetings held in the UK and Denmark. Special thanks are directed to the representatives of Finland, Mrs Eija Alhojärvi, Mr Veijo Hintsanen and Mr Hannu Immonen, Mr Graeme Hall, the British Technical Delegate, and the representatives of the personnel of the office, Mr Charles Turner, Mr Bill Jones and Mr Ian Credland. Mr Josef Nigsch, the Technical Delegate of Liechtenstein, and Mr Stefan Sohler, Director of the Leonardo Office have also given our Project vital support since its preparatory stage.