From Trial Period to Employment
Oulu City’s Employment Services offers companies an opportunity to hire young workers after three-month trial period.
By Kati Valjus
Source: Oulu-posti eMagazine
January 2016 Edition
Sometimes you get lucky. Heli Mehtälä, a 21-year-old vocational college graduate, almost got a permanent job immediately after graduating from school. “I was unemployed for a year after my graduation. As soon as I heard about Oulu city’s employment services, I sent out an application. I was accepted into a work trial period and after the trial and was employed right away,” says Mehtälä who is now working as a sales assistant at Mekitec Ltd.
Mekitec Ltd. manufactures X-ray equipment for the food safety industry. Their MEKI line detects and rejects foreign object material from commercial food production lines. The company has offices in Germany, Hong Kong and the United States in addition to Oulu.
At the time of hiring, it was really important for Mekitec to get qualified people on-boarded on a tight schedule as they are a growing international enterprise that is quickly adding to their workforce. “We like to hire young people and give them actual work. Heli’s international business college education fit our profile, so we chose her for an interview,” said Teija Spets, administrative assistant.
What is more important than a resume, is how a new hire fits into the company. The three-month trial is paid for by the Oulu City and serves as a constructive time for the employer and candidate to get to know each other. “With Heli, it was very evident in the beginning that she was a hardworking and energetic young woman whom we wanted to keep after the trial period,” Spets says.
Marko Ronkainen, 22, started in the company’s maintenance department around the same time as Mehtälä. He also came to the company through Oulu City’s employment services. The electronics assembler has continued stay on after the trial period in an apprenticeship in Mekitec. “They don’t have an exact curriculum in college for this job however, an electronics assembler’s expertise is very useful. I have learned all the skills precisely required for this job just by being able to take what I learned and apply it on the job. The work is done onsite and includes a lot of travelling. You must be self-sufficient,” says Ronkainen.
Ronkainen’s supervisor, Regional Service Director Samuli Paaso agrees. “Marko’s responsibilities have been steadily increasing. Marko now travels along Sweden and Estonia and can hardly be seen here in the office. A position with heavy travelling suits a 20-year-olds well,” Paaso notes.
At Mekitec, they value the fresh energy brought by the young employees. “We employ a wide age range which I think adds a richness in the work community. The seasoned employees learn from young people who still have the latest information freshly memorized from school. And as a growing company, we are in spearheading new ideas and innovations all the time. Our work is never boring,” Spets assures laughing.
For more information, please visit:
Youth Employment Services/Byström’s Youth Services
Hallituskatu 5 A
Tel. 044 703 8301
Mon – Fri between 9 A.M. – 4 P.M.