NEWS & INSIGHTSMinistry of Finance involved in the Business Lead programme – aimed at providing a channel into Finnish working life

13 May, 2019

This year the Ministry of Finance will take part in the Business Lead programme organised by Hanken & SSE Executive Education

Public officials in the Ministry will act as mentors in the programme. The programme started 13 May offers highly educated immigrants and refugees the opportunity to find out about Finnish working life.

If the funding base for the existing welfare state is to be secured at a time when the Finnish population is ageing and the proportionate size of the working-age population is shrinking, the employment rate must be raised and labour productivity enhanced. Employment can be increased by reducing unemployment, by encouraging people outside the labour force to join the labour market or by promoting work-based immigration.

– Supporting employment levels becomes even more important as the working-age population in Finland contracts. Finland is not yet using the full potential offered by the expertise of skilled people coming from elsewhere. Therefore, it is very important that there are various programmes for introducing people to Finnish working life, says Permanent Secretary Martti Hetemäki.


Mentor officials looking forward to first meetings

The Business Lead programme works as a bridge to working life. In addition to mentoring, the programme includes business studies, online studying and a three-month internship.

In the programme, public officials at the Ministry of Finance act as group mentors. Mentoring takes about four months and consists of very practical assistance to the trainees for integrating into Finnish society and working life.

– Taking part in the Business Lead training programme is something new for us at the Ministry. When we talk about establishing a framework for employment growth, we are really at the very core of the Ministry of Finance’s strategy. Now we can do something concrete and share our competence, but at the same time we get to hear about practical difficulties in looking for work. In one week, we managed to get together 11 mentor officials, all eager to start their work, says Liinu Lehto, Director of Communications in the Ministry of Finance.

The Business Lead programme is part of the Integration SIB (Social Impact Bond) project implemented by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. You can find more information about the Business Lead programme on the programme website