Metsä Group to train 80 new professionals – apprenticeship is an excellent path into the field

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Metsä Group is inviting applications for its apprenticeship training programme beginning in January 2024. A total of 80 new jobs will be offered in our production units across Finland.

Metsä Group’s apprenticeship training is an excellent path towards varied and responsible production and maintenance duties in the forest industry.

“We’re looking for persons who have the willingness and motivation to learn and develop their skills –and from whom we  will train top professionals in the forest industry,” says Pertti Hietaniemi, Metsä Group’s Senior Vice President, HR.

The eighteen-month paid apprenticeship programme is suitable for recent graduates, people already working in the field, as well as those changing careers.

“The operating model of Metsä Group’s production units builds on the personnel’s multiple skill set – and our broad apprenticeship training provides a solid foundation for this,” says Hietaniemi.

“It’s also an excellent and practical way to transfer the skills and knowledge of retiring experts to future professionals well in advance.”

In the apprenticeship training programme starting in January, successful applicants can complete a further vocational qualification, specialising in the wood product or process industry, electrical engineering and automation technology, machine mechanics and maintenance, or the sawmill industry. The studies and competence demonstrations will be completed in an employment relationship during which the students are members of our work community, entitling them to the same employment benefits as our permanent employees.

After their training, the participants can work as, for example, process operators, operators and maintenance personnel at Metsä Group’s pulp, paperboard and tissue paper mills, sawmills and Kerto and plywood mills. A suitable educational background for the selected apprentices is a vocational qualification in electrical engineering and automation technology, process technology or mechanical engineering, or an engineering degree from a university of applied sciences.

The final application date for the training beginning in January 2024 is 30 September 2023. This recruitment is carried out anonymously.

Metsä Group apprenticeship training will be organised at the following mill locations:
Metsä Fibre, sawmills: Merikarvia, Renko, Vilppula
Metsä Fibre, pulp mills: Joutseno, Kemi, Rauma, Äänekoski
Metsä Board: Kaskinen, Kemi, Kyröskoski, Tampere, Simpele, Äänekoski
Metsä Tissue: Mänttä
Metsä Wood: Lohja, Punkaharju


For further information, please contact:

Pertti Hietaniemi, Senior Vice President, HR, Metsä Group, tel. +358 10 463 3772
Katariina Saelan, Senior Vice President, Communications, Metsä Group, tel. +358 40 829 9455

Metsä Group

Metsä Group is leading the way in advancing the bioeconomy. We invest in growth, bioproduct development and a fossil free future. The raw material for our products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards, as well as tissue and greaseproof papers.

Metsä Group’s annual sales amount to approximately EUR 7 billion, and we have around 9,500 employees in around 30 countries. We promote a culture of diversity, equality and inclusion. Our international Group has its roots in the Finnish forests: our parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative which is owned by over 90,000 forest owners. 

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