Taitaja9 competitors planting a plant


Taitaja9 is a cheerful and active manual skills competition for grades 7–9. The fast-paced competition is a fun way to learn about different occupations. The competition requires competence in many subjects.

The competition is playful, but the tasks require dexterity and creativity. Come and compete!

Description of the skill

The Taitaja9 competition is playful, but the tasks require dexterity and creativity. Gather a team and compete! The top teams will compete for amazing prizes in the finals in May 2025.

Taitaja9 is a competition for the entire upper comprehensive school

Taitaja9 combines creativity, dexterity and reasoning. Gather a team for a competition where you can combine your skills and knowledge as a team.

More than one team from the same school can participate in the local qualifiers. Each team must contain three people. A team may have pupils from different classes and grades, but the team members must be from the same school and from grades 7–9.

The competition highlights knowledge of different areas of vocational education and training in a fun and convenient way. The competition tasks are from different fields of study, offering participants the opportunity to get acquainted with different occupations and training programmes.

The Taitaja9 competition consists of three phases

Local qualifiers, from which the best-performing teams continue to the regional semi-finals in their own area. Depending on the locality, local qualifiers are done either as a virtual game in the form of the Taitaja9 game or as a live competition. The local qualifiers are held in September and November 2024.

Regional semi-finals find the 12 best teams in the region, in proportion to the number of participants in the local qualifiers, who continue to the national finals. The regional semi-finals are intended to take place as a competition track. The regional semi-finals are held between December and February, but no later than three months before the Taitaja finals.

The finals are held in the spring in connection with the national Taitaja Event. The two-day finals are held on 5-8 May 2025 at the Messukeskus in Turku

Taitaja9 Coordinator

Skill steering group

  • Skill steering group will be nominated during autumn 2024.

Partners of the skill

Main event partners

  • Skills Finland logo
  • Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö logo
  • Finnish National Agency for Education logo
  • City of Turku logo