Jun 3, 2016 Corporate blog

Sixth-grader steps into shoes of Metso CEO

Johanna Vihinen
Johanna Vihinen
Regional Manager, Pirkanmaa region’s Me & MyCity
Each year, Me & MyCity gives over 5,000 primary school children from Pirkanmaa an introduction to working life and entrepreneurship at the learning environment in Tampere, Finland. At each event, we ask pupils to imagine they are running a business or a local administration office.
At each Me & MyCity event, one sixth-grader is selected to role play Metso's CEO for the day.
At each Me & MyCity event, one sixth-grader is selected to role play Metso's CEO for the day.

The world's best education innovation?

Me & MyCity is run in a close collaboration with municipalities and companies in eight regions around Finland and each year gives around 45,000 sixth-grade students unique insight into working life. The coordinator of the program is Economic Information Office TAT. As a learning concept, Me & MyCity represents a miniature version of society and business life for the pupils and has been named the world's best education innovation by The WISE Awards organized by the World Innovation Summit for Education. During the day, the students have job interviews, receive wages, pay taxes, vote on how the city uses its resources, decide how local companies sell their business services and send a lot of electronic invoices!

The purpose of Me & MyCity is to encourage students to become entrepreneurs and to build up their courage and positive perception towards working life. They learn about their personal strengths and we give them help from the sidelines in taking on new roles.

Metso a key partner

Metso is one of 15 partner companies that support Me & MyCity. Metso has a special role representing industry and has been involved in our Tampere activities right from the beginning. Our cooperation will continue for at least the next three years.

At each Me & MyCity event, one sixth-grader is selected to role play Metso's CEO for the day. The Metso area at Me & MyCity features product information, posters and a scale model of a crusher. We ask students to plan crusher sales and design new crusher products. It's great to see them dress up in safety helmets and vests. And naturally the student chosen to take on the role of Metso's CEO for the day gets to wear a tie!

We've received really positive feedback, not just from the schools and companies, but from the pupils themselves. It's obvious that they enjoy it and get a lot out of the experience.

Metso "Product Engineer" believes 5% increase in crusher efficiency feasible

On Wednesday, May 4th, Me & MyCity's Metso CEO was sixth-grader Julius. His organization included Product Engineer Juha and Sales Director Isabella.

Julius said he already knew Metso so he was keen to apply for the job of CEO. His goal was to expand the company's operations further and immediately called a meeting about the issue. Product Engineer, Juha set a 5% increase the efficiency of the crusher as his goal for the day and said: "I believe it can be done. The challenge is to find an engine that is up to running a more efficient crusher."

The Me & MyCity learning concept has been so successful, Finland's Economic Information Office is relaunching it to ninth-graders and expanding the concept from city to global scale with the focus on digitalization and team work.