(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 13 February 2014. Metsä group announced that the company would offer 1,000 youngsters from Finland an opportunity to be employed by the company. Approximately 700 people will be awarded jobs in Finland and additional 150 people will be provided a short traineeship.
Metsä focuses on tissue and cooking papers, consumer packaging paperboards, pulp, wood products, and wood supply and forest services. Metsä Group’s sales totalled €4.9 billion in 2013, and it employs approximately 11m000 people.
“We are happy to give young people opportunities to obtain work experience with our high-quality, innovative products and services. At the same time, summer jobs allow young people to demonstrate their skills to a potential future employer. Young people are a valuable resource to us during the holiday season. Our line of business is renewing itself continuously and we will need new talent in all our businesses in the next few years. The forest industry is a strong future industry,” says Anneli Karhula, Senior Vice President, HR, of Metsä Group.
According to our sources, many Finnish companies were already flooded with job applications last month for the summer 2014. Some of the applicants are professionals with extensive work experiences. Ferroplan, which manufactures conveyor solutions is one of those Finnish companies. “For us, doing things differently is doing them better,” says Pentti Patosalmi, the managing director of Ferroplan.
“Metsä Board’s production will also be in full swing in the summer.” At Metsä Board, summer employees will get to perform real work,” says Petri Vakkilainen, Vice President, Production. “We provide work experience to motivated, positive young people who are interested in our business; the experience will be useful to them in future studies and in finding a job. We provide extensive induction for our employees in regard to safe working methods and our way of operating.”
“The summer employee selection process of the pulp business, too, emphasises activeness, a willingness to develop oneself further and to learn something new,” says Ismo Nousiainen, Senior Vice President, Production, of Metsä Fibre. “We will hire summer employees who study process technology or automation, electrical or mechanical machine installation. Summer jobs are part of the recruitment process of future Metsä Fibre employees. Those who have done well in their summer job and studies have a good opportunity to be successful later, too, when we are looking for people to fill versatile and challenging posts.”