Language training is offered for improving Finnish, English and Swedish language skills by different language courses. Read more about many opportunities such as staff training courses, Open University, Helsinki University, online courses, courses for students.
Staff training and professional development is available for
The Aalto University pedagogical training offers you a possibility to familiarise yourself with teaching, learning and educational development. The training program (25 cr) consists of four core courses: A! Peda Intro, Learning and teaching in higher education, Course design, and Teaching practice.
Aalto University offers different trainings and support for supervisors and leaders. These trainings include leadership training, new leaders’ onboarding journey and team development support. Read more about strengthening your leadership skills, personal leadership development solutions such as 360 assessment, feedback, mentoring and coaching.
Aalto University offers different trainings to support the whole life-cycle of a research project as well as training for other important skills in research projects. The trainings are offered in themes such as research funding, publishing, project management, academic writing and entrepreneurship.
Read more about time management, mindfulness, mentoring, career planning, and career supervision and coaching. Self-leadership skills will improve your self-confidence, stress and time management, ability to control emotions, change management skills and courage for decision-making.
Learning and updating IT and digital tools knowledge is essential for being able to respond to the changing requirements of working life. We have gathered IT instructions, IT tools and self-study materials for you to work effectively in digital platforms. Training is offered in themes such as information security, cyber security, IT news and Office 365 tools.
Safety training maintains skills and know-how as well as ensures response readiness in various hazardous situations. Training is offered in themes such as first aid, hot work license trainings, encountering challenging customers and other obligatory occupational safety trainings.
Training is offered widely in themes such as content production and situations requiring interaction skills, for example presentation and facilitation skills as well as digital media skills.
Practical procedures for participating in staff training
Aalto University offers dozens of courses and other development opportunities to its staff members every year. The training is available to all Aalto University employees. Participation is agreed upon with one’s supervisor, primarily during objective discussions.
Many Aalto units provide staff training for their own competence areas (e.g. Research and Innovation, Learning Services, IT Services, Communications Services and HR Services).
In addition to joint courses, the services arrange professional training for their own staff.
Information about upcoming training events can be found at the event calendar at aalto.fi
Information details on how to register for staff training is given at the specific event page.
Registration for a particular training is binding. If you cannot attend the training, please report this as soon as it becomes apparent. A cancellation fee of €100 may be charged for cancellations made after the registration period and for trainings that are not completed.
Centralised staff training is mostly free for participants. Any participation fees required are mentioned in the event page and are to be paid by the participant’s unit.
Participation in staff training is recorded in the training register. You may also register participation in other, non-Aalto training if it has been done during work time and at the employer’s expense. Information about participation in training elsewhere (participant’s name, name of training, date and duration) must be sent to [email protected]
Employers may receive a transcript of records for training attended. Supervisors may receive information about training attended by their subordinates.
It is requested that every participant provides feedback on the course attended, which will be used to develop our staff training.
Participation in non-Aalto training
External seminars, conferences and courses are a central part of professional competence development for members of the Aalto community. Participation in external training is arranged with one’s supervisor.
Aalto supports the self-directed development of its staff also through long-term coaching, with particular focus on areas that support our objectives to be at the cutting-edge of research and teaching worldwide.
The support of self-directed continuing education may involve
- granting unpaid leave. Each year, 0–20 days of leave may be arranged.
- using work time to attend training. Each year, 0–20 workdays may be used.
- contributing towards training expenses. Aalto may cover 0–100% of the training participation fee, up to a maximum of €3000 / training.
The support for self-directed training can be larger for training which more closely relates to the employee’s current tasks or tasks which may realistically develop in the future.
Applying for long-term training
Applications for support for self-directed training are made using the form entitled ‘Long-term external development’, which the employee submits to their supervisor. Decisions on support are made by the supervisor and the school’s HR manager.
If the support is of significant economic value, a repayment agreement is made to cover situations where the employee resigns from their job. This agreement is normally made for a period of three years. The portion to be repaid normally decreases in such a manner that at the start of the training it is 100% and after three years it has decreased to 0%.
If Aalto covers some or all of the expenses for long-term training, it is the employee’s responsibility to check for any tax implications and take care of such tax matters if necessary.
At Aalto University, apprenticeship training can be applied to some tasks and staff groups as a form of professional staff training.
Additional information on apprenticeship training in practice can be found at http://www.oppisopimus.net/