November 2nd 2020
Government has submitted a proposal to Parliament, according to which TE Offices could acquire and offer studies leading to a university degree as labour market training when certain preconditions are met between 1 January 2021 and 30 June 2022.
The aim of the proposal is to promote employment and secure the availability of competent workforce especially in growing sectors and, simultaneously, take the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the labour market into account.
It is proposed that the Act on public employment and business service (916/2012) be amended temporarily so that the following could be acquired as labour market training, in addition to the current training:
To be admitted as a student would require, similar to all labour market training, that the person is suitable for the training and for the profession or task pursued and that the TE Office has stated that the person needs training. When acquiring studies leading to a university degree as labour market training, the TE Office would select the students and the university or university of applied sciences would decide on the admittance of the student.
The amended act is to take effect on 1 January 2021 and be valid until the end of June 2022. The act would be applied to studies referred to in the proposal which start, at the latest, on 30 June 2022 and end, at the latest, on 30 June 2024.