The Government proposes: TE Offices could temporarily offer labour market training leading to a university degree

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:

  • studies leading to a university degree in order to complete interrupted university studies,
  • studies leading to a university degree for a person who already has a post-secondary level degree or a similar level degree completed abroad in the same field,
  • studies leading to a new university degree for a private customer who has already completed a university degree if the person can be accepted, based on their previous degree, to an education targeted at a limited group of people for which the eligibility of the applicants is defined separately by the university and if the studies are estimated to be completed within 24 months.

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.

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