Services that promote employment and expense allowance

TE Offices offer a wide range of services that support employment and vocational training.

Services promoting employment include:

You will receive unemployment security and expense allowance for the period that you are participating in the services.

Note! No expense allowance will be paid for independent studies supported by unemployment benefits (excluding independent studies under the Integration Act).

Unemployment benefits during services promoting employment

During the period in which you are participating in services promoting employment, you will receive the same unemployment benefits as you would receive as an unemployed jobseeker. To receive the benefits, you are required to keep your job search valid also while you are participating in the service.

Unemployment benefits can be paid even if you do not have the right to them when you are unemployed if it is due to

  • the mandatory waiting period or 5-day waiting period for labour market support
  • unpaid waiting period or obligation to work  
  • a restriction on vocational training
  • the discretionary granting of labour market subsidy.

Increased unemployment allowance

If you have agreed to a service promoting employment in your employment plan or the equivalent plan, you are eligible for an increase in your unemployment benefits. A supplementary allowance may also be paid as an addition to the mobility subsidy. The decision on the payment of the increase is made by the party paying the unemployment benefit, i.e. your unemployment fund or Kela.

Expense allowance for days of participation

You are entitled to an expense allowance for the expenses that you incur during the days that your participate in the service. Note! Compensation will not be paid for independent training.

If you can not receive expense allowance from the unemployment fund or Kela, and under other legislation you do not have the right to reimbursement of expenses incurred in participating in the service, the TE Office may pay discretionary expense allowance.

The TE Office can pay discretionary expense allowance if you participate in labour market training, work or education try-out and job search or career coaching.  

If you are a customer of a local government trial on employment, your municipality of residence may grant you a discretionary expense allowance on the same grounds as the TE Office's discretionary expenses allowance. 

As a rule, an expense allowance of 9 euros per day is paid for a maximum of five calendar days a week. The expense allowance is 18 euros per day if the service is provided outside your commuting area.  The expense allowance is also 18 euros per day when the service is provided outside your municipality of residence and you have to pay accommodation costs.

How absences affect unemployment benefits and expense allowance

You will receive unemployment benefits from the days of absence if you are absent from the service that promotes employment due to

  • disability
  • your child under 10 years of age being ill (benefit is paid up to four consecutive working days)
  • job interview or other factors related to employment.

However, no expense allowance will be paid for days of absence. The reason of absence does not matter.

During labour force training, independent studies supported by benefits or immigrant’s independent studies supported by benefits, you will receive unemployment benefits for the entire duration of the training. The TE Office or the party paying the unemployment benefit does not monitor individual absences. Unemployment benefits are paid for holiday periods during the training but no expense allowance is paid.

How the Unemployment Security Act applies to the services

During the period when you participate in services promoting employment, the regulations of the Unemployment Security Act are applied normally, i.e. you must be able to apply for and accept work. However, there are exceptions if you participate in labour market training and or study independently supported by benefits; you can refuse work offered during these periods without penalties.

If during a service that promotes employment you, due to improper conduct related to the labour market, receive a labour policy statement that prevents the payment of the unemployment benefit, you will not receive the benefit for the rest of the service period. Similarly, if you are employed during the service full-time for more than two weeks, you do not have the right to unemployment benefits during full-time work.