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Angela arrived in Finland in October 2021. She was working as a helper in Hong Kong when she heard about the opportunity offered by the HSS to train and come to work in Finland. “Everyone knows Europe, but Finland on its northern edge is a country unknown to many at first,” says Angela. “HSS training provided an opportunity to learn a new language and profession that made it possible to set out to pursue your dreams in Finland.”

“My life changed completely when I came to Finland,” says Angela. “I get to do a job that requires professional skills, and I am valued in so many ways. It is also wonderful to use my skills and strengths in. I can influence my work, and my supervisor listens to my ideas.” Finnish co-workers also receive praise: “I am encouraged and advised – and sometimes we laugh together with all the employees” – Angela describes her work at rest home Mainiokoti Adante in Espoo, Finland.”

Angela works 7 to 8 hours a day and attends online training twice a week. There is also plenty of free time in Finland: “I go to the gym almost every day for group exercise classes, and I have also visited the sights of Helsinki”. A special warm memory is her winter visit to a cafe by the sea where she got to walk and sled on the ice and then enjoy hot chocolate, which was the best she had ever tasted!

Four seasons in Finland have provided experiences for Angela and her Filipino friends. “When I first saw the snow, I didn’t believe my eyes! I had been wondering what the snow looks and feels like since I was a child – and now I got actually to see and feel it”. Sauna is a fundamental part of Finnish culture, and Angela has also learned to enjoy the relaxing warmth of the sauna. The air is fresh, and the atmosphere is very calm – it is the total opposite of life in a hectic, polluted city.

Angela looks into the future with a positive mind. Finland is one of the safest countries in the world, and free education is also offered here. Angela dreams of a career as a local nurse, as she enjoys working in Finland and wants to stay here to work. “In Finland, I have felt welcome, and I know that the care industry will continue to offer jobs here.”

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Work in Finland experiences

Some feedback from our students:

“working here isn’t about “work” we also enjoy our life literally 2 days off and only 8 hours working time plus the holidays that we can experience how free we are here just like in our own country. Finland is superb in every way??”

“This is how I coped and lived my life in Finland for almost 5 months.

Making Finish food; like joulutorttu, riisipuuro and karelian pies.
I had been experienced also dipping in the icy pool, Avanto uinti. I go skiing ? and snow shoeing and the most memorable and amazing experience in the winter wonderland when I had crossed the Arctic Circle in Lapland.”

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HSS Digital training platform is a modern path to work in Finland as a nurse.

Healthcare Staffing Solutions, owned by Mehiläinen, and Sataedu have developed a new kind of training model that will be used in the international recruitment of nurses.   

Mehiläinen’s Healthcare Staffing Solutions (HSS) and Sataedu will begin cooperating in training with the goal of tackling the problem of the growing staffing needs in care homes. The training model makes it possible to recruit and train social and health care professionals and bring them to Finland from anywhere in the world. A key part of the model is the digital training platform developed by HSS. The first participants to start receiving the training are from the Philippines.  

Mehiläinen’s Finnish subsidiary HSS and Sataedu, an upper secondary education institution in Satakunta offering practical nurse training as well as other training, are working together to tackle the challenges related to workforce availability in Finland’s social and health care sector.  

  • “We will work to meet the staffing needs of care homes. More skilled professionals are needed in Finland in order for us to offer high-quality care for the elderly in the future when the baby boomer generation ages and the number of people needing assistance grows. It is already difficult to recruit staff in Finland, and it is not easy for nurses coming from outside the EU and the EEA to find work that matches their training,” says Tatu Tulokas, Mehiläinen’s CHRO. 
  • “Sataedu is known as a provider of high-quality training in the social and health care field. We have received good feedback on the quality of our practical nurse training, which is ensured by our highly skilled teaching staff. The shortage of nurses in care homes is already a reality and, at Sataedu, we want to be part of training new professionals for the sector. This allows us to do our part in ensuring that the quality of care for the elderly in Finland remains high,” says Heli Sulkava, Sataedu’s Education Manager for the Wellbeing field. 

The digital training platform has international potential

In HSS and Sataedu’s training model, participants study Finnish and acquire the knowledge and skills needed for a practical nursing qualification in their country of origin using a new kind of digital learning platform.  

  • “The training platform was developed by HSS and we see big potential for growth in it – also internationally,” says Mehiläinen’s Tulokas.

Once the participants arrive in Finland, they will train as nursing assistants and can work in that role. The participants are given the opportunity to study further in order to qualify as a practical nurse – for example, at Sataedu. After graduation, the participants will work in Finland as social and health care professionals. Finnish collective agreements will apply to the participants’ employment relationships. The language training part of the training model has already begun. Most of those who have started doing the language training are from the Philippines. 

  • “Mehiläinen will offer a job in Finland to those who complete the training. We already have good experiences with professionals who have come from abroad and, with our training model, we can ensure that the training is appropriate. This is one additional way of ensuring that there will be enough skilled social and health care professionals in the future. Our goal is to also offer staff to municipalities as well as other private companies,” says Tulokas. 
  • “Securing the supply of skilled staff is also important for us. We have successfully worked together with Mehiläinen for a long time, and this new training model is a natural continuation of that. We want to work together with Mehiläinen to further develop nursing training. Sataedu has plenty of experience of international students. What is special about our high-quality training is that many times during studies and before the students start working, we ensure that their Finnish language skills are sufficient,” says Anne Laine, the Principal of Sataedu. 

The training model enables responsible and sustainable recruitment. The model does not include any intermediaries and the training is free of charge. The digital learning environment offers a safe way to study also during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heathcare Staffing Solutions Oy (HSS) is Mehiläinen’s wholly owned Finnish subsidiary that recruits and trains staff for the needs of the health care sector in cooperation with its partners. One of the company’s goals is to ensure Mehiläinen’s supply of staff through a transparent international recruitment and training process.  

The Satakunta Educational Federation provides upper secondary vocational education and training under the name Sataedu. Sataedu operates locally, nationally and internationally. Sataedu, which operates in nine municipalities, has nearly 5,000 students and about 300 members of staff.  

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Online education

Finnish lessons online? Yes, please. As COVID 19, has made our school running in the Philippines impossible. We decided to build up our learning platform in online.

In the Online school, we build a curriculum for you to pass the Finnish language exams, and we check all necessary documents on virtual meetings.

If you are interested on this, please contact us!

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How about working in Finland?

  • Finland, the happiest country in the world (UN World Happiness Report 2019)
  • Most employee friendly working hours (European Company Survey)
  • Greenest country in the world (Yale University)
  • 3rd in Global Gender Gap Report 2017 (World Economic Forum)
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • 1st in skill development at work (European Working Conditions Survey)
Finland in the winter time.

Why Work in Finland?

For this question – it is really easy to answer. Finland is safe and the nature is beautiful. Imagine fresh air and almost never have to queue anywhere. Buses are on time, and the beautiful country has so much to see.

How to get a job in Finland?

We are here to help, Healthcare Staffing Services Ltd. is a premier skilled operator of staffing and outsourcing services for healthcare and social care services.

So, you only need to contact us, and we help you to get forward in your dream to work in Finland.