The Youth Guarantee

The Youth Guarantee means that the TE services will offer an unemployed young person a service or a measure at the latest three months after he or she becomes a jobseeker. These services will improve the young person's possibilities of being successful in the job market and finding a job.

The Youth Guarantee

  • promotes access to education, training and the job market
  • prevents prolonged unemployment
  • prevents exclusion.

Draw up an employment plan at the TE Office

If you are under 25 years old, or a recently graduated person aged 25–29, and registered as a jobseeker with the TE Office, you will draw up an employment plan together with the office. The plan will contain services that will help you find a job.

Before you have been unemployed for three months, the TE Office will offer you one of the following

  • work
  • education or training
  • a work try-out
  • job search training
  • a startup grant
  • work on a pay subsidy, or
  • vocational guidance and career planning services.

If you remain unemployed for a longer period, the TE Office will be actively offering you services throughout this period. 
Read also: Employment plan

Apply for education or training

In the youth guarantee system, young people are also expected to be active themselves.

For example, you must apply for education or training that leads to a qualification and imparts vocational skills in the spring, even if your are currently taking part in a work try-out or using some other service. Otherwise a sanction laid down in the Act on  unemployment security may apply to you.

To whom does the Youth Guarantee apply?

The Youth Guarantee applies to

  • all those under 25 years of age
  • young people aged under 30 who have graduated within the last 12 months and who are registered with the TE Office as jobseekers.

The Youth Guarantee applies to young people regardless of whether or not they have completed vocational education and training.

The Youth Guarantee can also be implemented by directing the young person to a service other than those provided by the public employment services as indicated in the employment plan. For example, a young person can be directed to the municipal social and health care services if necessary.

For more information, contact a TE Office or see the Ministry of Employment and Economy's guideline on the Youth Guarantee.