On Monday 9.11.2020, Etelä-Pohjanmaan WIISE ry was officially launched at an event held at the office of Xport and BSTR – Luova markkinoititoimisto in Seinäjoki. This ‘hybrid event’ was also livestreamed for those who had registered in advance. By the time the event started, WIISE already had 20 registered members and the WIISE team were delighted to have been joined live by approx. 40 people; 25 online and 15 in person.
This episode includes the audio and video of that event, where we introduce the inspiration behind this new venture, the work we have already done as WIISE and our future aims.
Etelä-Pohjanmaan WIISE ry (Work Integration for Immigrants Service) is a membership association which aims to develop and maintain a positive ecosystem in Etelä-Pohjanmaa, in which immigrants and Finns who move to the area can thrive. In which they integrate into working life and settle into everyday life.
We are launching the association officially in October 2020 but ahead of that launch, it needs a logo and we would like our members and followers to help us with the design.
This week, I wanted to take you back a couple of months and give you some insight into how I’ve experienced summer 2020… People listening from outside may find it strange, but a four-week summer holiday is quite normal for workers in Finland and five or even six weeks is not unheard of. While this is undoubtedly nice for individuals, it does have an effect on business during the summer months. Everything sloooooowwwwws down.
Gradually and yet all at once, I found my calendar for June and July becoming more-and-more empty. I decided that if I cannot do any invoiceable work, I will focus on meaningful work that will have benefits at a later date.
This episode is based on an earlier blog I published “Helping Migrating Workers Settle Into Everyday Life Is A WIISE Decision”. Since then, things have developed and the Work Integration for Immigrants Service (WIISE) has now completed its first project, working with a group of international business students from SeAMK in Seinäjoki.
Welcome to the International Business from Finland with Mark Wiltshear. Where I take you behind the scenes of my solo enterprise, or toiminimi in Finnish. In this episode, I explain how I came to be at the centre of these seemingly disparate areas of business in Finland, and what you can expect from this series.
[4 MIN BLOG] “The Initial Assessment from WIISE can be offered to immigrants in various situations: employees moving for work, families of migrating workers, international degree students and potential entrepreneurs.”