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Business Lead

Next programme starts
17 Jan 2024
Module Location
Registration deadline
1 Dec 2023

Programme overview

Business Lead is a unique multi-level development programme supporting two-way integration of highly educated refugees and immigrants. The programme benefits all stakeholders involved, immigrants, company partners and Finnish society at large. The integration programme Business Lead opens doors for unemployed highly educated immigrants and refugees into Finnish working life by combining education and a 3-month internship in a company.

By participating in the programme, educated refugees and immigrants can quickly contribute to Finnish business and advance their career. Hanken & SSE runs the programme together with Hanken School of Economics and Ostrobothnia TE-services.

The objectives are:

  • To empower participants to integrate to the Finnish business environment in a meaningful way
  • To deepen the understanding of Finnish/European business life, business culture, and basic rights and obligations
  • To give concrete tools to function effectively in a variety of roles in the Finnish business environment
  • To give business skills and relevant business vocabulary needed to do business with future stakeholders

Content & structure

The programme includes

  • Live classroom studies, online- and distance studies between 17th January to 8th March
    • Topics include Finnish and European business landscape and organisational culture, self-leadership, personal branding, job search, project management, finance and a sales and service mindset. 
  • A virtual learning environment
  • Company visit
  • Company internship between 11th March to 6th June

Who the programme is for

The programme is for unemployed academically educated refugees and immigrants, who have good English language skills and relevant work experience and that hold a valid residence permit in Finland.

Benefits & value

  • Participants benefit from an integrated live and virtual learning experience, career coaching and company visits which will help improve future opportunities in working life
  • New business capabilities and cultural understanding
  • Expanded network
  • Developed business skills and vocabulary
  • A chance for further career opportunities


You can apply to the programme on the TE website.

Bank codes are required for identification of the applicant). Fill in the application form carefully. 

Final date for application 1 December 2023.

Interviews will be held 12-13 December 2023 at the TE-services’ Vaasa-office. You will be invited to the interviews by text message.

Got interested and eager to get more information? Watch the TE-live broadcast on Tuesday 3 October, 2023 at 11.00

Contact us for
more information

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Åsa Hämäläinen
Senior Project Manager
+358 40 352 1748 asa.hamalainen(a)
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