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VTT offers theory and training for the experts of the future


New trainee programme provides coaching in technological and commercial innovation management

Directed towards experts in the technological and commercial sectors and grounded in working life, VTT’s new trainee programme in innovation management offers the opportunity to develop business and innovation skills in challenging international research and innovation roles. The aim of the programme is to enhance the expertise and work experience of participants and foster the all-round technology experts needed in Finnish business.

The trainee programme in innovation management combines working practice with multifaceted theory-based training, with the aim of developing new sorts of expertise for Finnish business. - “A key aim of the trainee programme is to commercialise high-quality research conducted in Finland. Another key aim is to foster experts in research and development work as well as marketing interfaces for Finnish industry, which Finnish business needs in order to succeed in the global competition,” says Jouko Suokas, Executive Vice President, Business Solutions at VTT.

The trainee programme began in May 2010 and 16 trainees are involved. The programme consists of around eight months’ full-time work with VTT’s Business Solutions, IP Business, Corporate Management and Services, and R&D operations. Trainees work on developing VTT’s international operations, research and innovation services and service delivery, for example, alongside development work in business intelligence and business and marketing planning.

The trainee programme’s various tasks constitute a comprehensive chain stretching from corporate strategy and preparation of business plans to practical sales work. The multifaceted training programme includes 20 days’ worth of technology and innovation management, sales and marketing, strategy work, and commercialisation of technology, among other activities.

“We’re very satisfied with the interest aroused by the trainee programme and with the 16 brilliant experts we’ve taken on board,” Jouko Suokas adds.

The trainee programme in innovation management is directed towards recent graduates and individuals interested in new career opportunities. It was realised in co-operation with Uusimaa’s Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) and TalentGate Ltd.

According to several recent studies, VTT is a popular employer. In Universum’s Employer Rankings survey, VTT was recognised as the most popular employer among students of engineering and natural sciences. In T-Media’s Employer Image 2010 study, VTT was the sixth most popular employer among university-educated workers.

VTT continually invests in the professional development of tomorrow’s experts. This summer VTT will offer summer jobs to around 80 students. In addition, tens of diploma workers work at VTT over the course of the year. Other current initiatives include the international VTT Graduate School PhD programme.