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Recruitment programs for employment

Updated: Nov 27, 2022

Getting a job is not as straightforward as it used to be. Some companies will only hire you if you fit one of their recruitment programs. Finland has many recruitment programs that suit job seekers who have been unemployed for a long-time, newcomers, and other under privilege people.

Intern programs

The employment office and schools offer internship programs. Most people in Finland have attended one or more internship programs organized by the school or the TE-office. It usually takes 2-6 months. These programs are essential for learning practical skills in the work environment and developing them further. It's also an excellent opportunity to land a job in the same company. The company might pay a small salary if the internship program is organized in school.

TE-office will give an allowance to the trainee once accepted into the program. It’s about the same amount as the unemployment benefit. Sometimes it can be more, but it depends on your previous work status.

If you consider the internship program as a trial period of showing your skill set and workmanship, you might get hired within the company. This period also gives you more time to look for another job that suits you better because you are more attractive to other companies when you are working. You can also ask your current intern employer to help you land a job by recommendation.

Pay subsidy - palkkatuki

If you have not landed a job for a long time or have health issues, you might work for a company in a salary benefit status called palkkatuki. This helps the company provide work to the employees and helps them to stay at work. The company will pay the employee a regular salary while the TE-office pays the company a subsidy.

Apprenticeship training- oppisopimus

People usually take this when they're over 15 years old and they need to finish a vocational degree or want to obtain extra competence. You can earn it by learning in a work environment. The company and an educational institute will help you get a vocational degree.


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