Excellent results in the City of Helsinki’s Career Track -project. Mazhr is collaborating in the program to employ spouses of foreign workers.

The City of Helsinki’s employment program has proved successful. The aim of the Spouse Program is to promote the integration of the spouses of foreign workers and thereby the permanent settlement of the whole family in the Helsinki metropolitan area. With the Career Track employment path in the spouse program, spouses receive support specifically for employment.
The services of the Career Track employment path have been provided by Mazhr Oy, Spring House Oy, Metropolia’s SIMHE services and Finnwards Oy, as well as the Business Services of the Uusimaa Employment and Economic Development Office, which acted as a partner.
Launched in December last year, the Career Track service has so far involved around 120 participants from more than 25 different countries, India, USA and South Korea for example. More than 30% of the participants have already found a job or internship.
We have been positively surprised by such quick results. The employment of the spouse significantly supports the integration of the whole family into society and thus improves the chances of companies to retain a skilled workforce,” rejoice Jochen Faugel and Maija Melo, the project planners of the spouse program.
”Mazhr Digital Service and Career Coaching helped me a lot to find job in Finland. I found especially useful identifying my work-life competencies and getting guidance how to develop them. This made it easier to find suitable roles and tell about my strengths in job interviews.”
tells participant Nilima Nerpagare, Senior Engineer.
“There are always big challenges in settling in a new country and finding a job. Many thanks to the City of Helsinki for this program, which has made it easier to understand the Finnish labor market and practices. The service and career coaching provided by Mazhr have helped me to express my own strengths and motivation, apply for suitable jobs and succeed in job interviews,”
says Carmen Ciocoiu, one of the participants in the project.

According to studies, about 25% of immigration is work-related. The debate on ways to attract skilled professionals has been really active recently. Many companies have expressed suffering from a skills shortage that is holding back growth. The Helsinki City Spouses’ Employment Program is an excellent example of a successful measure. The educational background of the participants is diverse; participants include doctors, commercial experts as well as teachers and healthcare professionals.

“It has been a pleasure to coach people from different countries and cultures who are so motivated and have a diverse competence. These professionals have a really strong desire to find meaningful work and become part of Finnish society and make their own contribution,” says Antero Ojanaho, who is responsible for the project’s career coaching at Mazhr Oy. 

The spouse program and its Career Track employment path are funded by the Talent Helsinki project and the European Social Fund’s “Kokka kohti työmarkkinoita” – project, as part of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy’s Talent Boost action program.

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