TRAINING AND ON-THE-JOB LEARNING FOR NEW PROFESSIONALS
In the spring of 2018, FSP is training twelve new surface treatment professionals in collaboration with Tavastia vocational collage and Uramuuntaja Oy. The aim is to complement existing personnel with new professionals.
Based on a combination of training and on-the-job learning, this recruitment training programme complements 20 days of theoretical studies with practical work at FSP’s surface treatment plants. While undertaking the training, participants also acquire the commonly required occupational safety card, hot work licence and emergency first aid card. The intensive training is delivered over a period from early March to mid-June.
“The trainees are selected according to very strict criteria. They are extremely motivated and very willing to learn. They are already eagerly awaiting the painting stage. I have been involved in employment training for fourteen years, and this group is one of the best in my career,” says Jari Välkkynen, who works as a lecturer of industrial surface treatment at Tavastia Vocational College.
“Trained surface treatment professionals will continue to be in demand here in Finland. In order to be accepted onto the course, trainees need to be highly motivated to learn and demonstrate a willingness to develop into an industrial surface treatment professional,” explains FSP HR director Mari Rajamäki.
No specific expertise or educational background is needed, but previous work experience in the manufacturing or painting industries, a sufficient command of Finnish and physical fitness were considered an advantage.
FLEXIBILITY AND WILLINGNESS TO TRAVEL
”We are primarily looking for production workers for our projects and surface treatment plants. The application process placed a specific emphasis on flexibility and readiness to travel, primarily within Finland.”
”We attach central importance to a ’quality first’ approach. Surface treatment professionals need to have pride in their handiwork. We have positive experi- ences from an earlier recruitment training programme in 2015, which added to our team new professionals with the right attitude.”
The training process covers, for example, the mechanical and chemical pretreatment of metallic surfaces, paint spraying and relevant machine and equipment technology. The training programme has been designed in collaboration FSP experts in order to meet FSP’s needs.
“One advantage is that participants are immediately acquainted with practical tasks. They are given the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge they have acquired at FSP’s surface treatment plants, where more experienced coworkers and supervisors provide guidance.”
The programme also includes training days dedicated to learning the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and maintain the capacity to work, as well as a closing ceremony. Theory days are organized in periods of about one week in Hämeenlinna, Southern Finland.