Work ability programme measures in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Number of work ability coordinators to be increased

Our service system remains regrettably fragmented, and it is not always easy for citizens to find the right service organiser. Jobseekers with partial work ability may also have broader service needs, and their employment will thus require support for the coordination of these services. The task of the work ability co-ordinator working as an expert in TE Offices is to ensure that jobseekers with partial work ability have access to all services that promote employment regardless of their organiser. In addition to supporting the client, they also build a well-functioning cooperation network in the area together with experts from other operators. The number of work ability coordinators working in TE Offices will be increased between 2020 and 2022.

Enquiries: Patrik Tötterman, patrik.totterman(at)tem.fi, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

TE service pilots for jobseekers with partial work ability 

TE service pilots improve the relevance of TE services for those with partial work ability. The pilots will develop services and service packages by mapping elements that support work ability suitable for the target group and by strengthening the availability and supply of education. Cooperation between services for jobseekers and employers will be increased, and opportunities for utilising the expertise and services of organisations will also be improved. 

Enquiries: Jenni Wessman, jenni.wessman(at)tem.fi, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Accelerating employment through public procurement

Finland uses around 35 billion euros annually for public procurement, of which municipalities use more than two thirds. By imposing employment obligations on service providers in connection with tendering, the demand for labour force for persons with partial work ability can be significantly in-creased. The models tested in previous project work will be implemented through a project implemented in cooperation with the Association of Finnish Municipalities. 

Enquiries: Anu Tirkkonen, Association of Finnish Municipalities, and Päivi Haavisto-Vuori, paivi.haavisto-vuori(at)tem.fi, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

Strategy for social enterprises

Finland has a large number of companies, foundations and organisations that use a significant proportion of their business result to achieve socially accepted purposes. In addition to environmental issues, em-ployment issues have also become such objectives.

A social enterprise carries out business in order to achieve its social objective and uses most of its profits or surpluses to promote this primary objective, as laid down in the articles of association or rules of association of the enterprise. In addition, a social enterprise emphasises responsibility, openness and transparency in its activities as well as inclusion and democracy in its administrative model.

Finland has about 1,700 social enterprises with a total turnover of nearly EUR 5.8 billion. The majority of these companies operate in social and health care services, and the employment, environmental and recycling sectors. There are more than 50,000 jobs in social enterprises.
Social enterprises have special features and needs that are not recognised in existing strategies and policies that support business activities. The Government will aim to improve the operating conditions of social enterprises for employing those with partial work ability and other people in a difficult labour market positions. In order to develop their business and to employ more people, social enterprises need appropriate measures to increase the capabilities, awareness, resourcing and competence of their business model.

Strategy work to improve the operating conditions of social enterprises is underway, and it is being prepared in broad-based cooperation between various actors. The strategy and action plan are expected to be finalised by the end of April 2021. 

Enquiries: Tuija Oivo, tuija.oivo(at)tem.fi, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Finnish model for the employment of persons with partial work ability

The Government aims to promote the employment of persons with partial work ability and to develop the intermediate labour market.  As part of this package, the Government has decided to create a new systematic, goal-oriented and business-based intermediate labour market operator in Finland, the aim of which is to improve the opportunities of people with partial work ability and other people in difficult circumstances to transition to the open labour market by offering a supported workplace and training and other support needed for the transition to the open labour market.

The aim is also to promote the right of persons with disabilities to paid employment and to provide a job that is long term enough for those who have not been able to transition to the open labour market. The goal is for these activities to be launched by 2022 at the latest.

Hannu Mäkinen, Director General of  Finnish Customs, was appointed to examine the content, organisation of operations, forms of funding and other implementation arrangements for this type of operating model. The report was submitted to Minister of Employment Haatainen on 9 February 2021, after which evaluations related to the implementation of the proposal have been launched together with stakeholders. In April, at its mid-term policy review the Government will outline the key factors of the model to be implemented on the basis of the proposals in the report, as well as evaluations and comments made by various parties.

Enquiries: Patrik Tötterman, patrik.totterman(at)tem.fi, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

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