New trial aims to employ thousands of immigrants


The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and Sitra's objective is to train and employ at least 2,000 immigrants over the next three years. The performance-based project funded with private capital is due to begin in September.

The project offers immigrants work-life oriented training that will support their future employment. The objective is for immigrants to enter the labour market on average four months after training has begun. The training will continue on-the-job and include language, culture and professional skills studies.

Sonja Hämäläinen, Migration Director at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, says that the aim of the project is to help immigrants find employment more quickly. Jobs can be found in sectors such as construction, property, services, care, ICT and restaurants and catering.

The project will be implemented nationally in cooperation with separately selected TE Offices. The project will continue until the end of 2019.

The quick employment of immigrants will save the State costs involved in the payment of labour market support and integration education for adult immigrants and bring in tax income. If the project's objectives are met, the Ministry will pay part of the achieved savings into a fund from which the investors will be paid back their capital as well as a reasonable profit.