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The Business Lead Programme is a unique integration programme for educated refugees and immigrants that benefits all stakeholders involved, immigrants, company partners and Finnish society at large. The programme consists of five live modules addressing the Finnish and
European business landscape and organisational culture, strategic leadership, project management, finance and a sales and service mindset. The participants in the programme also have access to a virtual learning environment and will have the opportunity to take part in mentoring. The programme will end with a 3-month internship in a company in Finland.
Through participating in the programme, educated refugees and immigrants can quickly contribute to Finnish business and advance their career. Hanken & SSE runs the program together with Hanken School of Economics.Business Lead won the award for best Talent Development program in Europe by EFMD in 2018.
The program is for unemployed academically educated refugees and
immigrants, who have English language skills and relevant work
experience and that hold a valid residence permit in Finland.
The aim of the program is to introduce and integrate educated refugees and immigrants into Finnish working life.
Pernilla Gripenberg (Ph.D.) is a
Programme Director at Hanken & SSE Executive Education, guest lecturer
at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki and a Hanken EMBA
Pernilla has close to twenty years of experience of business
education from basic to MBA and executive levels in a variety of areas
in management and organisation.
Her recent focus has been on leadership issues, self-leadership and
personal efficiency, leading for top performance, change leadership, and
communication and presentation skills. Her research has centered around
virtual organising, she has also worked in the areas of work well-being
and innovation. Pernilla is a co-editor of the Routledge-book (2012) :
‘Challenging the Innovation Paradigm’.
As programme director with a strong pedagogical approach she has been
highly appreciated by clients and participants. She has worked with
companies from a variety of industries, like banking, telecom,
engineering, retail, retail property management, construction and the
Participating in the Business Lead program was one of the best experiences I’ve had in Finland – I’m deeply grateful to Ramirent and Hanken & SSE for providing me a way to develop in the working life in Finland.
I have two Master Degrees and I’m also working on my PhD. Before the internship, I never dared to apply to a law firm! I did my internship with Dittmar & Indrenius and now I’m on my way to become a certified lawyer. And what’s more I have promised someone, that one day I’ll be a partner in a law firm. So what can I do? One day I’ll fulfil my promise.
My participation in the Business Lead programme was literately a life-changing experience because I was given a chance to do an internship in a company exactly where I wanted to work. I would like to thank Wärtsilä and my superior, who noticed what I am capable of and inspired me to develop professionally within the company. This was possible because of the great work of the amazing team of Hanken & SSE. Thank you for believing in us!
The Business Lead program was one of the best things that happened to me in recent years. After graduating with my masters degree, when I almost lost track of my career, Business lead came along. It allowed me to prove my abilities in a Finnish working culture, which most of us dreamed of. Thank you, Business Lead!