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), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

TE service pilots for jobseekers with partial work ability 

The TE service pilots will improve the relevance of TE services for people with partial work ability. Particular areas of development include recruitment services and service packages that best support people with partial work ability. At the same time, the service pilots will seek ways to improve the availability and supply of relevant training. Closer cooperation between jobseeker services and employer services is also an area under development.

The pilots will conducted in cooperation with work ability pilots (managed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare), municipal trials on employment, employers, employer networks and organisations. Organisations, in particular, have a high level of expertise in employing people with partial work ability, planning suitable services and supporting the jobseekers’ ability to work and function. This work is carried out especially with the expert organisation Vates and its partners.

TE services will be redesigned based on the following priorities:

  • identifying customers and their service needs better than before

  • integrating employer services and jobseeker services more closely

  • strengthening education and training paths

  • expanding cooperation with organisations

The TE service pilots began in March 2021 and they will continue until the end of 2022.
Pilots are under way in eight areas: (in Finnish)
Lapland: Työtä, tietoa ja työkykyä

  1. North Ostrobothnia: Kyvyillä ja valmiuksilla töihin

  2. Ostrobothnia: BotniaJob

  3. South Ostrobothnia: Tykki

  4. Pirkanmaa: Tuella työhön -pilotti

  5. Häme: Työelämädiili

  6. Uusimaa: TyöDesign – Tunnista, muotoile, työllistä

  7. North Karelia: Osatyökykyisten palvelumalli asiakas- ja yrityspalveluihin

Inquiries: Jenni Wessman, jenni.wessman(at), 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), 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, employment 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), 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), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Social impact of employment of people with partial work ability

- Model for management by knowledge and monitoring performance of employment support measures 

Effective promotion of employment requires management by knowledge. The Centre of Expertise for Impact Investing is currently developing an impact-based employment model with three regions in order to better identify people with partial work ability, to provide more appropriate services and to assess the effectiveness of measures. The model will be developed with the Uusimaa TE Office and the cities of Helsinki, Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi during 2021.

Statistical analysis was used to create the model based on client groupings, which anticipates the clients’ needs for services and assesses their employment potential. The model can be used to monitor changes in the conditions for employment among clients and to assess which measures will lead to employment. The model also aims to enable the monitoring of cost-effectiveness and the acquisition of measures based on performance.

Inquiries: Anna Tonteri, anna.tonteri(at), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 

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