CASE PEOPLE: Young professionals gaining experience

14 July 2015
Young professionals gaining experience

Emmi Reinikainen participates in UPM’s first apprenticeship programme at the UPM Kaukas mill in Finland. The objective is to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the paper production process and maintenance work while performing different tasks at the mills.

“For me, on-the-job training has proved an excellent way to learn the work of the mill in practice,” says Emmi Reinikainen of her experiences.

Despite the turbulent times within the paper industry, she is confident of her career prospects.

“Currently, there are difficulties in all industrial sectors, but I believe that there will be more work opportunities in future. I have enjoyed training very much, so I hope to be able to continue working in this field.”

Altogether there are some 40 trainees at four paper mills in Finland. The programme runs in co-operation with local vocational schools. At the end of the programme, the participants will obtain a degree in the paper industry. The two-year programme started in February 2014.

UPM also organises apprenticeship programmes in other countries. For example, there are more than 100 apprentices starting in 15 professions at UPM in Germany every year.

Bioforce traineeships

Aleksi Alasalmi spent three months as a Bioforce trainee at the UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay. Training was an unforgettable experience for a young engineer student.

“For me, it was an important opportunity to gather international work experience and participate in various processes at the mill,” explains Alasalmi.

After the traineeship, Alasalmi completed his diploma work for UPM Kaukas pulp mill.

The UPM Bioforce traineeship programme was initiated in 2011 when UPM’s President and CEO Jussi Pesonen established a fund to support the international exchange of the Paper Engineers’ Association’s (PI) student members.

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