Several kinds of training related to the development of the various areas of business operations is available for the management and key personnel of companies. The training can be related to one function, e.g. marketing, or it can cover all functions in a company. The training aims to improve the management-related skills of the management and supervisors as well as enhance their business skills.
Key person training by the centres for economic development, transport and the environment
The centres for economic development, transport and the environment offer subsidised key person training for companies in cooperation with various educational organisations. Training themes can, for example, be selected from the following:
Management training for SMEs
Training programme for growing SMEs
Sales and marketing training for SMEs
Financial administration training for SMEs
Export and internationalisation training for SMEs.
The training (not including that in financial administration) also includes company-specific consultation, during which the company can introduce what they have gained from the training into the working community and develop their competence with the support of an expert. For more information on the various training programmes, please refer to the website of your centre for economic development, transport and the environment.
Apprenticeship for entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs may develop their expertise or deepen their competence as an entrepreneur through apprenticeship training, which includes learning by working in accordance with the personalised study programme, complemented by formal education. The apprenticeship period varies according to the degree and the work- and education-related background of the entrepreneur.
For further information on the apprenticeship training, please refer to the website of the Finnish National Board of Education.
Degrees for entrepreneurs include competence-based qualifications, such as the diploma in entrepreneurship and the specialist qualification in business management. Entrepreneurs can also take other competence-based qualifications in accordance with their individual needs.
The diploma in entrepreneurship is suitable for new entrepreneurs. It offers abilities for drafting and implementing a business plan. The specialist qualification enhances the competence in business management and the selected areas, such as financial management, production, or customer relationship management. Both of these qualifications are based on existing expertise in a certain field, and the training takes place as part of the existing business operations. The professional competence is proven by performance tests. Apart from the examination fee, the training is free-of-charge for the entrepreneur. The average time required for the diploma in entrepreneurship is one to two years.
The training and competence-based qualifications are organised by vocational education institutes and vocational schools, among others.
Short-term function and problem-specific training on law, financial management, IT, sales, and marketing, among other areas, is organised for the management and key persons in SMEs. In addition to the centres for economic development, transport and the environment, such training is organised by chambers of commerce, entrepreneur organisations, vocational education institutes, and private educational organisations, such as the Management Institute of Finland, AEL, and Rastor Oy.