Competence development under unemployment

Self-motivated training supported by unemployment benefits

  • OTTY (an association for self-motivated employment)
  • An unemployed job seeker can study full time during unemployment if he/she is at least 25 years old when starting the studies at the latest and the Employment and Economic Development Office has found the training necessary for employment.
  • Studies can be carried out to acquire a new profession or to complete unfinished studies.
  • During the study period, the person receives the unemployment benefit that he/she is entitled to during unemployment.

Labour market training

  • Labour administration offers labour market training to unemployed people and those facing a threat of unemployment.
  • For a student, labour market training is free of change.
  • For information on the training offered and to apply for programmes, contact your local Employment and Economic Development Office.
  • Further information on the contents of the training is available from the training counselling of the National Help Line Työlinja.
  • Financial aid for training is available through your own unemployment fund.

Different forms of labour market training include:

  • So-called KEKO ("search and match") training provided by various training and consultant organisations and financed by the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment. In the training, cooperation with SMEs is carried out. Application to the training takes place through Employment and Economic Development Offices. Information on the training is available through your local Employment and Economic Development Office or the labour administration website
  • FEC training (Further Educated with Companies) is offered by various training and consultant organisations. It is organised for working people, those under a threat of unemployment and unemployed people alike. In the training, cooperation with companies is carried out. Information on the training is available through your local Employment and Economic Development Office or the mol.fi website.
  • Retraining or upgrading of qualifications allows a person to qualify for another field through a special education or training programme. Training and education are offered by universities, their continuing education centres as well as universities of applied sciences.

Training search utilities on the web

  • TIEKE Finnish Information Society Development Centre maintains the kurssihaku.fi search utility. Information on training offered can be searched by the educational sector, the organisation providing the training or the teaching language, for example.
  • Opintoluotsi is maintained by The Finnish National Board of Education and it provides information on and links of educational establishments, training searches and online studies. 
  • The Finnish Online University of Applied Sciences portal allows you to search for degree-oriented and continuing education as well as open education and training offered at universities of applied sciences. 
  • The Finnish National Board of Education issues a guide for adult education (in Finnish) targeted at those planning to take up studies in adult education. The guide is also available in Swedish
  • The Open University information service

 

Contact information:

Specialist, professional development

Anu Varpenius

tel. +358201299214

anu.varpenius@ekonomit.fi