Local government pilots on employment
Local government pilots on employment 2021–2024 were launched in accordance with Prime Minister Marin’s Government Programme.
In the pilots, municipalities are partly responsible for providing employment and economic development services (TE services) in their area. The pilots aim to increase the effectiveness of employment services by integrating central and local government resources, skills and services.
The local government pilots on employment began on 1 March 2021 and will end on 31 December 2024. A total of 25 areas and 118 municipalities participate in the pilots.
Customers groups in the pilot
Unemployed jobseekers and jobseekers covered by employment services who are not entitled to earnings-related unemployment allowance are transferred to the pilot projects in the areas. The target group also includes all jobseekers under the age of 30 and all immigrants and foreign-language speakers who either are unemployed or participate in employment services offered by TE Offices. The municipality participating in the pilot is responsible for providing public employment and business services (TE services) for these customer groups. This means that TE Offices inform the jobseekers belonging to these groups that their municipality is responsible for providing TE services to them in the future.
The legislative changes have not affected employers who are customers of TE Offices. TE Offices continue to provide employer and business services in the pilot areas, TE Offices will cooperate closely with the municipalities in the coordination of employer services. The municipalities participating in the pilots can accept job advertisements from employers and introduce suitable jobseekers to the employers in the pilot areas.
Aims of the pilot project
The pilots aim to increase employment among unemployed jobseekers and to direct them to training and education more effectively. Another objective is to create new solutions to ensure availability of skilled labour. The purpose of the pilots is to improve access to the labour market especially for the long-term unemployed and those in a more vulnerable position in the labour market. The pilots involve developing services and service models for jobseekers that support employment and allow service advisors to identify and address customers’ individual service needs, barriers to employment and skills development needs.
The State and the municipalities have a strong common interest in promoting employment and the aim is to combine their resources. The pilots aim to provide information on the effectiveness of combining State and local government funding, expertise and customer service.
The pilots will increase the customer-orientation of services by integrating employment, education and social and health services more closely together. Instead of a strict service model, municipalities can develop services based on the needs of jobseekers and employers in their area. The participating municipalities will arrange pilot projects to test different ways of providing employment services and to identify best practices for renewing service structures.
Continuous statistical monitoring and impact assessments will be used to monitor the pilots. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, municipalities and other stakeholders have prepared national monitoring indicators, which will deliver data to the pilot areas on the progress of the projects on a monthly basis. A joint evaluation plan has been drawn up for the pilots.
Prime Minister Marin’s Government decided on a permanent structure for employment services
In its mid-term policy review in spring 2021, the Prime Minister Marin’s Government decided to continue preparations for the transfer of employment and economic development services (TE services) to municipalities. On 23 March 2023, the President of the Republic approved a legislative package on the reorganisation of public employment and business services. The customers of local government pilots will continue as customers of the municipalities until the responsibility for organising such services will be transferred from the central government to municipalities on 1 January 2025.
Inquiries: Hanna Liski-Wallentowitz, Ministerial Adviser, tel. 029 504 7131, [email protected]