The winner of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation’s competition “Best Internship Provider 2020” is Magnetic MRO AS. Organising well-considered traineeships, and contributing to the development of curricula for the necessary professions, is what brought the main prize home.
Magnetic MRO offers modern full maintenance service to air carriers all over the world. The company was submitted for the competition by the Estonian Aviation Academy, for whom Magnetic MRO is an important internship site and a valued cooperation partner.
“I know from my own experience how important the internship site, supervisor and atmosphere are, because all of your following career depends on this. The reality check arrives exactly at the internship – you either put in your all or choose another sector,“ says Risto Mäeots, Director of Magnetic MRO, who also started his career in the same company as an intern on 2007. “It is important for us to give students a real sense of the work environment and experience – what they don’t get from the school classroom,” Mäeots added. Alongside the Estonian Aviation Academy, he recognised all Estonian vocational and higher education institutions with whom Magnetic MRO cooperates.
The prize was handed over to the winner by the Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps and Chief Executive Arto Aas of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation.
The Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps pointed out that the internship is an integral part of vocational and higher education at a good level, and recognised Magnetic MRO as a prominent provider of internships. “In your hangar, the future aircraft operators and aviation operators have been able to practice their skills and test their knowledge. Both domestic and foreign students, both vocational students and apprentices,” the minister said. “The title of “Best Internship Provider” was given to you for a systemic approach and a comprehensive internship programme,” he said.
According to Arto Aas, chief executive of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation, the labour market is in rapid change and there is no getting by with theoretical knowledge only. In particular, it concerns specialties in which a large part of the training takes place on the spot, Aas said. “Today’s winner, Magnetic MRO, is a good example to show that in the absence of ready-made solutions it is reasonable to create them yourself. Thanks to the internships, the company will get the specialists with the skills it needs to stay competitive,” said the chief executive of the Employers’ Confederation, who was also in the evaluation committee.
Other winners were also announced today: PCC Projekt AS was selected as the best small business internship provider and Eesti Energia AS was selected as the best regional internship provider. SEB Pank AS is recognised for the provision of internships to foreign students studying in Estonia. OÜ Gurmeeklubi is highlighted for providing thoughtful and skilled internships for students with special needs.
The winners of the Best Internship Provider will receive the awards that are made at Ivo Lille’s glass studio and the right to use the specially developed Best Internship Provider badge on their homepage, promotional materials, publications, etc.
In previous years, the following employers have received recognition: ABB AS, SA Põhja-Eesti Regionaalhaigla, Swedbank AS, AS Naudingumaitse OÜ, Wendre AS, Fortaco Estonia OÜ, TOP Marine OÜ, Hanza Mechanics Tartu AS and Gurmeeklubi OÜ, Ericsson Eesti AS, Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia, Velvet OÜ, Wermo AS, and SA Pärnu Haigla.
The competition “Best Internship Provider” is organised by the Estonian Employers’ Confederation in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Research and the foundation Innove. The competition recognises employers who offer internships and apprenticeship opportunities to university students and vocational students, by doing so in a prominent way, recognising their responsibilities in society and contributing significantly to the development of skills for the growth of the workforce.
The competition is funded by the State, the European Social Fund, and the Estonian Employers’ Confederation.
Photos: Aron Urb.