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
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.