In October 2015, Koskisen launched a supervisor coaching programme that included more than 20 Koskisen supervisors. The year-and-a-half-long programme wrapped up at the end of April, and a graduation party was held at the Suivala Manor on 31st May 2017.
The aim of the programme was to harmonise supervisory practices at Koskisen and create tools that supervisors can use in their work. The programme included both employees who were new to supervisory work and those with many years of it under their belts. A total of 20 Koskisen employees graduated from the coaching programme, 12 of whom who simultaneously earned a specialist qualification in technology.
We asked two of the coaching programme participants what they thought of it and what they took away from the programme for their own work as supervisors.
“When my boss proposed the specialist qualification in technology and supervisor coaching, at first I wondered whether it would be of any use to me, since at the time I was more involved in expert tasks than working in a supervisory role. But eventually I came to the conclusion that the coaching programme would be useful for me, because at some point in my career I will probably be in a supervisory position. I also had positive experiences of the specialist qualification in product development that I earned in 2012. So, based on my deliberations and experiences, I was keen to begin studying towards a specialist qualification in technology.
“Nowadays I work as a Production Manager in the chipboard plant. I learned a broad range of skills in the coaching programme which I can now draw on and put into practice in my work. Considering my current job profile, the decision to take on the supervisor coaching programme proved to be just the right one!”
“The supervisor coaching programme that started in autumn 2015 came at just the right time for me in light of my work situation, as I had just started working as a supervisor in the IT department. When I took on the new task, I indicated that I was interested in this type of training, because I thought it would be very useful. My supervisor supported the idea, so I was very keen to start learning something new.
“The coaching programme made a very positive impression on me. The days were well-organised and the instructors were very knowledgeable about the topic; the overall training programme was coherent and consistent from beginning to end.
“I gained a lot of insightful information on different topics in the programme, and I believe it will be very useful in future supervisory work. In addition to learning new things, we also got to work with and became better acquainted with the people working in the company’s other units, which will further enhance co-operation within the company. Among the most important rewards of the coaching programme are the new tools we gained, as well as confidence in supervisory work.
“Reconciling studies with work and family life was challenging and tough, but we made it through with flying colours. Taking part in the training was definitely worth it!”
supervisory coaching and the specialist qualification in technology studies
were arranged together with Edupol and the Eastern Uusimaa Apprenticeship
Centre. The coaching programme included 11 classroom training days at both
Koskisen’s different units and at Edupol, in addition to which the trainees
also received homework assignments. Those enrolled in the specialist
qualification in technology created a process development plan as their thesis.