Ensto Pro brings expertise and inspiration to network building professionals

Professionalism, partnership and sustainable development are elements that make each Ensto Pro training course a unique event. This is well-known in AEL, which has experience of over 20 years of cooperation between education and working life with Ensto. Ensto offers customized training to its customers in all of the company's market areas using the customer's language. It is based on a co-developed training concept that has no equal.

”After Ensto's lecture and hands-on exercises, the trainer gets a proper round of applause from the other delegates”, says Reijo Alastalo, electrical training expert at AEL. ”This tells us a lot, as our groups mainly consist of critical and highly-skilled professionals such as installers and installation group leaders with substantial experience.”

Each year, AEL organizes about a thousand courses in various fields, such as electrical networks. Our close cooperation with one of the top companies in the industry is extremely important, says Alastalo. For many decades, it has given continuity to the operations of both the educational institute and the trainees. Lots of positive feedback is provided on the events. News from the cutting edge of development and hands-on exercises with the products are regular favorites for the course attendees.

Feel of the latest solutions

People taking AEL's professional examinations improve their skills with material provided by Ensto. When the products used in the training follow the standards and represent new technology, the newly-qualified professionals are provided with the optimum preconditions to work in their occupation.

”Before long, the worker faces special situations and extreme conditions in the field where achieving the right solution requires good knowledge of the product. Unfortunately, there are products in the market whose suitability for professional use can be challenged. Also for this reason, the identification of high quality and functional properties is important for future installers”, concludes Reijo Alastalo.

The experienced professionals listen to the messages of the current trends and seek out the latest product solutions. Alastalo says that those messages and products are critically evaluated and Ensto's trainers do not avoid rigorous questions. People want to hear about practical experiences and those can indeed be offered by a company with worldwide operations. The product installation exercises reveal characteristics that make work easier and improve functionality. This cannot be sensed by rifling through product catalogues. It is an advantage for everyone that we get the best out of the products. Training plays a crucial role in this.

Aiming for customer success

Interaction and working together are valuable for both the trainer and the customer. Many attendees say that it is important to have an opportunity to influence product development with their comments and ideas. Ensto operates in 20 countries and many different cultures. Although customer needs vary in different markets – or perhaps indeed because of this – insights acquired in one place may also be of great benefit somewhere else. This approach has created several successful product solutions.

Contents of the product training course are always customized for the needs of the group. In addition to installers, there is an individual training package for the network designers, for example. By taking responsibility for the training, the supplier supports the customer to achieve success in the best possible way. The products become familiar to the whole group at once and the installation methods are learned together in order to avoid human errors in the field. Both parties have succeeded when the products are installed in the correct way.

The broad theoretical elements of trainings include themes varying from power line design to the requirements of standards, for instance. The course attendees are equipped with high quality support material and learning is complemented with practical installation exercises. The most important goal is to make sure that the recommended working methods are rooted in the daily work. This improves the reliability and durability of the network in the long run.

Ensto's training activities have grown over the decades with the evolving customer needs and technologies in different market areas. Through experience sharing and quality thinking, the training activities have been developed to a uniform Ensto Pro concept, which genuinely facilitates the work of the professionals. Encouraged by the positive feedback from the training, Ensto has also created some new tools: the Internet-based selection application Ensto Selecto, designed for underground cable supplies, is a good example of this.

Sustainable development at practical level

Transition towards the use of renewable and emission-free electric energy brings significant changes to the electrical network, including the production, transmission and distribution of electricity. Instead of a big leap, the development is under way during each working day in different parts of the network. New functionalities of the network and strict reliability requirements are reflected in the supply of solutions. More often, the product must withstand extreme conditions with maintenance-free operation over a long life span.

Training and development performed in collaboration improve sustainable development at the practical level. The correct selection and installation of products do justice to the product's best properties and benefit all parties: the owner, the maintenance organization, the installer and the end customer of the network. This ensures a long life span for the products and for collaboration.

For further information, please contact: 
Kaisa Kaikkonen, Marketing Communications Manager, Ensto Finland Oy, kaisa.kaikkonen@ensto.com 

AEL – Action, Experience, Learning 
AEL has served Finnish business for over 90 years, offering solutions to different purposes varying from the development of individual skills to the implementation of large change projects for companies. Training always requires development of the organization's work and operation methods. Although the challenges for Finnish companies have changed in recent decades, expertise remains the only foundation for building operations in our changing world. www.ael.fi