Growth with International Talent
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This page compiles tools and services available to companies in the Turku region with regard to attracting international talents, recruitment and the arrival and settling in of the aforementioned talent. The services are mostly free of charge for companies.
Turku Science Park Ltd. coordinates a wide-ranging Talent Boost Turku collaboration, where the shared goal is to make the Turku region even better known and a more attractive place for international talents and their families. The network present in the Turku region helps companies struggling with the lack of skilled workers in attracting, recruiting and settling in of new international employees.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland produced a video to better explain the goals and operation of the Talent Boost network:
Attracting and Recruiting International Talent
Ensuring the availability of skilled workers in central to the growth of companies in the Turku region. Companies in the maritime industry alone will need thousands of new talents in the coming years. However, all the experts that companies need cannot be found in Finland, so they have to be attracted internationally. Expanding and developing higher education and retaining the international degree students that are already in Finland is more important than ever. International recruitment imposes its own hurdles. The Talent Boost network offers help to companies in the Turku region for drawing in and enlisting international experts.
Talent Call Turku Campaign
The popular Talent Call Turku competition will be organized again in 2020 (a tentative scheduling is during late autumn—winter). Companies partnering with the competition will take part in choosing the winners and get to use the visibility and exposure provided by the competition in finding new employees and developing their employer branding. If you want to find out more, contact the people listed on this page.
Find out more about the 2019 campaign here: www.talentcall.fi
Tech Summer Trainee Campaign
Tech trainees that come in for a summer job from outside of the Turku region or from abroad, are offered a student apartment and a public transit pass for three months in exchange for presenting a copy of their work contract. The offer is valid in June, July and August 2020 in the Turku region with a limit of 30 students. The campaign is valid from 15th January to 30th April.
Campaign website: www.techsummertrainee.fi
Use the visibility provided by the Summer Tech Trainee campaign in your recruitment by sending a link to your summer job opening listings:
Lotta Kujanpää, Tech Summer Trainee campaign executive,
email@example.com, tel. 040 722 0333
Jobs in Finland – A Nation-Wide Portal for Job Openings
Jobs in Finland is a marketing platform for positions with English as the working language. The vacancies listed do not require either Finnish or Swedish.
It is possible to get more visibility for openings by using the portal. Read more and add your company’s listings by contacting the people listed on this page or filling the form found on the Jobs in Finland website.
Visibility for Jobs in the Turku region
The work and career possibilities offered in the Turku and Southwest Finland can be found on the more local Career in Southwest Finland page, in addition to the Jobs in Finland portal.
Turku Science Park Ltd. maintains a LinkedIn group in which employers can reach skilled workers in the Turku region. Click here and join the Talent Turku LinkedIn group.
European (Online) Job Days
A Europe-wide, online recruitment event. Sign up to the next one at the TE Services website.
The Talent Call Turku Campaign
The popular Talent Call Turku competition will be organized again in 2020 (a tentative schedule is during late autumn—winter). Companies partnering with the competition will take part in choosing the winners and get to use the visibility and exposure provided by the competition in finding new employees and developing their own employer branding. Ask for more details by contacting any of the people listed on this page. Find out more about the 2019 campaign by clicking here: www.talentcall.fi
Custom-Made Recruitment Campaigns
The Talent Boost network also offers help to companies with bespoke recruitment campaigns. Business and industry in the Turku region are often promoted in international professional and recruitment events and expos. The events are conducted in close cooperation with Business Finland. Companies can take part in whatever way they see is the best for them. Contact the people listed on this page, and we’ll look into what we can develop together!
EURES helps job seekers find jobs and employers find employees from all over Europe.
You can also contact the regional EURES advisors in Southwest Finland:
Tomi Puranen firstname.lastname@example.org
Katja Henriksson email@example.com
Tuula Matikainen firstname.lastname@example.org
Marita Mikkola email@example.com
Recruiting Employees from Abroad Guide
A short and easy-to-read-as-possible guide for recruiting from abroad. The digital guide has been produced by Business Oulu and can be found on issuu.
Contract Work by Foreign Nationals Guide
A guide for foreign workforce and companies in Finland. Produced by the City of Turku and can be found here in three languages:
Developing Work Communities and Relocating New Employees to Finland
According a number of international studies, cultural diversity in particular has clearly grown companies’ capabilities to achieve better-than-average results. With the below tools, you can test and develop your company’s readiness for internationalizing your working community. In addition, there is funding and other services available for hiring an international expert and helping them relocate to Finland.
International Work Community Coaching
The coaching is meant for companies that have persons from different cultural and language backgrounds in their employ. More info can be found on the CEDTE website.
Talent Boost Index
Map your organization’s readiness for recruiting international experts and leading a multicultural work community. The Talent Boost Index was created by the Helsinki region Chamber of Commerce and Business Finland.
Answering the survey takes around 10 minutes. At the end, you’ll receive a result that describes your company’s situation.
Talent Explorer Funding
With the help of this funding granted by Business Finland, you can hire an expert to help your company internationalize. The upper limit is 20 000 €. Read more and apply for the grant on the Business Finland website.
EURES Job Subsidies
EURES offers funding in order to alleviate the costs of recruiting skilled workers from other EU countries. The funding granted as a part of the Reactivate project is meant for the same process but any employees to be recruited have to be at least 35 years of age.
An employer can also receive financial support to help with the costs of onboarding, relocating and settling in a new employee. Click here to read more about the financial support available.
Networks and Services for New Employees
It is crucial to support new employees in their relocation. Families, spouses or partners often travel with them and their feeling comfortable plays a key role in getting the hired talent to stay at their new job and in Finland in general. To support this, events and services that are open to all are being organized more and more in the Turku region.
Welcome to Turku! Events
The events are aimed towards people with international backgrounds who have recently moved to Turku. They offer a chance for networking and making connections also for people who have lived in the city for longer. Information about future events can be found in the event calendar and on the Career in Southwest Finland website.
Welcome to Finland Guide
A clear and concise guide that follows the Act of Immigrant Integration recorded in Finnish law. The aim is to help at the very start of moving to Finland. The guide contains information on, for example, housing, working, the authorities and basic points about Finnish culture and society. It is available in many languages. Download the entire guide or a shorter brochure from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment website.
Career in Turku & Southwest Finland
The Career in Turku and Southwest Finland compiles resources about the Southwest Finland region onto one site. Click here to visit the site.
Finnish for Employees
You can search for starting courses on the Finnish Courses website.
Language Training in the Workplace
More information on training in Finnish language as used in the workplace can be found on the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment website.
Local and regional networks are incredibly important for a new employee to feel welcome. It may be useful to let new employees and their families know about the following channels:
Talent Boost Events for Companies
The Talent Boost network offers a variety of events for companies that are interest in hiring international talent to support their growth and development. The tools and services that are available to companies are showcased at the events. The network also organizes matchmaking events in which companies can find the people with the skills they need, for example, from a group of international students.