Kipinä (“Spark”) – Strengths and Skills Facilitate Finding Employment

Project Details


The project responds to the employee and recruiting challenges in seasonal and project-type fields with the objective of enhancing job seekers’ self-management competence and their ability to identify and make use of their strengths, as well as providing employers with opportunities to familiarize themselves with themes such as networking, responsible recruiting and recognition of competence.

The objective of the Kipinä (“Spark”) project is to promote employment opportunities of people working in seasonal and project-type fields, to provide practical answers to the recruiting challenges of these fields and to prevent recurrent unemployment. In the project, job seekers receive instruction in clearly defined units that take into account each individual’s unique needs and the nature and specificities of project-type or seasonal employment relationships, as well as promote networking between job seekers and employers. By developing flexible practices that facilitate self-management of work flows by employees, the attractiveness of different fields of employment and new types of employment relationships can be enhanced.

Key findings

The main objectives of the project:

1) To provide support and instruction for job seekers within seasonal and project-type fields in identifying their scope of competence and in developing a plan for finding employment in such a way that persons working in project-type and/or seasonal fields will be equipped to create their own personal employment model that covers the entire year. From the perspective of the employee this means combining different types of work carried out within different fields and in periods of seasonal work to form a whole that brings year-round employment, as well as working for several different employers with low or occasional recruitment needs in order to put together a volume of work equivalent to full-time employment.

2) To produce practices (particularly targeted at actors in the Lapland area) that take into account the individual’s strengths and skills and promote finding employment in the Lapland area. Job seekers, employers offering seasonal work in Lapland, experts from TE Services (Public employment and business services), and recruiting professionals are encouraged to participate in development workshops, the results of which will serve as a basis for developing a framework for full-time year-round employment practices within seasonal fields.

3) To respond to the employee and recruiting challenges relevant to the seasonal and project-type fields by organizing periods of instruction as well as expert-led networking events for employers and job seekers with the objective of a) strengthening employers’ competence in responsible recruiting by increasing awareness and b) promoting cooperation between different actors and lines of business in recruiting employees.

4) To produce a publication on practices for finding employment that take into account the individual’s strengths and skills. The publication is based on the experiences of the individuals who participated in the instruction sessions during the project. It also addresses the issues from the perspectives of employers and draws upon the expertise and instruction of various experts from the University of Lapland. The Kipinä project produces a valuable publication on the role of strengths and skills in finding employment. The publication is targeted at employees and employers of seasonal fields and it focuses on recognition of competence and making use of one’s strengths in a flexible manner in the labor market by combining various types of seasonal and project-type work.
Effective start/end date01.05.201930.04.2022


  • European Social Fund ESF: €16,426.00
  • European Social Fund ESF: €179,470.00
  • European Social Fund ESF: €8,761.00


  • employment
  • recruiting
  • seasonal work
  • project work

Field of Science

  • Multidisciplinary


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