Internship program to guide students after a gap year

Teknoloikka (‘Technology Leap’) is a programme by Technology Academy Finland (TAF) that intends to motivate young people to study technology. The programme consists of paid internships for high school graduates (or soon-to-be graduates) under 22. The programme offers 25 internships at 14 locations. The application period closes on 31 May 2015.

A recent study of the situation of high school students after graduation, published in March under the title “When school ends” (Kun koulu loppuu), shows that more than a quarter of this year’s high school graduates plan to take a year off. Only 18 percent of respondents knew for certain what they would do after graduation, 70 percent felt they needed more information about working life.

Teknoloikka is designed specifically with these students in mind. It is a training program that allows the young to find out if their future career might be in technology. One of the key aims of Technology Academy Finland is to motivate young people to choose technology as a career, and this program offers students an opportunity to see in practice what work in this field would be like,” says Juha Ylä-Jääski, President and CEO of Technology Academy Finland.

Teknoloikka differs from many other similar programs in that every intern has a personal mentor who assists her/him throughout the entire internship period. The interns also gain work experience and contacts in the world of work.

Modelled After Swedish Program

Teknoloikka is based on the Tekniksprånget internship program of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. The Swedish program has been in place for four years and it currently processes as many as hundreds of internships per year.

“I was really impressed by Tekniksprånget when I visited IVA last spring. Upon my return, we at Technology Academy Finland immediately began to search for ways to bring the program here,” says Ylä-Jääski.

The pilot program was in place soon, and succeeded in finding 18 open-minded employers, including international corporations, Finnish SMEs and various other organisations.

“It is a pleasure to see that the employers have made a real effort to find tasks that would interest young people. The internships range from web analysts to laboratory assistants to marketing communications in technology. It just goes to show that technology is not something exclusively for engineers.”

The application period to the Teknoloikka program is from 10 April to 31 May 2015. Those admitted to the program will start their four-month internships in August 2015.

Internships are offered by the following employers: Aalto University, EIT ICT Labs, Fastems Group, IBM, Kone, Konecranes, Leinovalu, McKinsey & Company, Metso, Metsä Wood, Oilon, Outotec, Ponsse, Raute, SKS Group, Teknavi, UPM och Wärtsilä.

 

Kun koulu loppuu is a study conducted by Taloudellinen tiedotustoimisto TAT (Economic Information Office).

 

More information:

Juha Ylä-Jääski, President and CEO, Technology Academy Finland, tel. +358 40 903 0606

Niina Suhonen, Head of Communications and Marketing, Technology Academy Finland, tel. +358 40 843 9438