11 Feb 2015, 0:00 CET

An ordinary day as trainee – Johan Jerlvall Jeppsson

After three months’ work here at BillerudKorsnäs mill in Frövi it is still hard to define and describe an ordinary day as trainee. Instead of describing one specific day, I would like to share some of my experiences from my first months here at BillerudKorsnäs.

I graduated from the Institute of Technology at Linköping University in June earlier this year. I work in a department called BillerudKorsnäs Operational Management which mission is to work with continuous improvements and a systematic way to do this. The work includes different steps, for example analysis work to identify gaps between where we are and where we want to be, improvement teams to close the gaps and monitoring trough operational management. A lot of the work for me as Improvement Coordinator is to support the work in all different steps with knowledge and information about methods and tools we are using.

The days has so far been filled up with for example courses, work in improvement teams and meetings at many different levels in the improvement work. I have been involved in two improvement teams. One of them was about developing and implementing a new way of working in one of the machines that create sheets from our carton rolls. Working with the improvement teams has been a great way for me to get a deeper understanding about continues improvements and how it is done in practice. This work has also given me more understanding about the industry and the process of making carton. Since the teams have been, and almost always are, cross-functional they have given me the opportunity to meet a lot of people from different positions in the company. This has been very valuable for me since I have started the buildup of a network within the company. The network will be useful for me after the trainee year when I will continue to work as an Improvement Coordinator.

In addition to all this I have also participated in two training sessions and one visit to the mill in Gruvön with the rest of the trainees. I guess that you have already read about this in earlier blog-posts. A thing I have been positively surprised of is the connection between the training sessions and my own work. Many of the things we have learnt at the training sessions have been useful for me in my daily work.

This far, I am very satisfied with the trainee program and I am looking forward to learn more about both carton making and the way we work with continuous improvements. The next two weeks I will work shift, starting tonight at Rockhammar which is mill producing CTMP-pulp around 10 km away from Frövi. Looking forward to this!