International traineeships are a good way of acquiring multicultural insight to your company. A foreign trainee knows the workings of his/her own country, and may open up new paths to markets there for your company.
As regards hiring a foreign trainee, many of the same rules apply as with international recruitment in general.
Practical issues that you should look into when hiring a foreign trainee:
recruiting a trainee through your own contacts or via different organisations
permit issues regarding the trainee
work contract and wages of the trainee
ending of traineeship period.
Recruiting a trainee
You can hire a foreign trainee either through your own contacts or by using assistance from organisations that arrange traineeships.
In Finland, international traineeship opportunities are organised by:
Traineeships may last for 1–18 months, but in most cases foreign trainees work for 3–6 months between May and September.
Permit issues regarding the trainee
Citizens of EU/EEA countries do not need residence permits in Finland. However, they must register their right of residence if the duration of their traineeship period exceeds three months.
Trainees from outside the EU/EEA area always require residence permits, regardless of the duration of their traineeships. They must acquire a residence permit before arriving in the country. At the beginning of a traineeship period, make sure that your trainee’s permits are in order.
Work contract and wages of the trainee
A foreign trainee has the same rights as a Finnish trainee. Prepare a written work contract with a foreign trainee that corresponds to that done for Finnish trainees.
Trainees must be paid trainee’s wages in accordance with the relevant collective labour agreement. With taxes and paid rent deducted, the pay must still cover food and commuting expenses.
Ending of traineeship period
Upon the ending of a traineeship period, give the trainee a certificate of employment, preferably in English, to enable the trainee to indicate his/her international work experience to any future employers. Give the trainee an English receipt for paid wages and collected taxes at source.
Further information on hiring a foreign trainee is available on the websites of CIMO and the Finnish Immigration Service, for example.