The activities, which bring together different operators under the same roof, have been developed across Finland for years. The best-known examples are the services at Byström in Oulu and Olkkari in Mikkeli, but similar activities have been developed in other places, too. Young people have in several surveys stated the wish that they would like to receive information, advice and guidance easily and fast. The purpose of the One-Stop Guidance Centers is to respond to this need.
In 2014, a decision was made to start expanding the activities to different parts of Finland as part of the Youth Guarantee. The good experiences gained from the already developed services and the desire to make it easier for young people to find employment and education contributed to the decision. At the beginning of 2015, a number of projects funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) were indeed launched and they have set up One-Stop Guidance Center services in municipalities and joint municipal authorities. There are also One-Stop Guidance Centers that have been established by local authorities themselves without any external project funding.
At the beginning of 2017, the number of the centres across Finland totalled about 40. The most northern centre is located in Rovaniemi, and the most southern one is in Helsinki. About 450 professionals from different sectors work at least one day a week in the One-Stop Guidance Centers.
The centres are developed in cooperation by different ministries. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health are involved in the project. The activities are supported at the national level by the Kohtaamo project (ESF). You can familiarise yourself with the operation of Kohtaamo here.