Training grant for the development of employees' Estonian language proficiency can be requested by legal persons governed by private law, sole proprietors who operate as employers and local government authorities via the e-unemployment fund or by sending an application to the e-mail address koolitustoetus [ä] tootukassa [dot] ee.
The training must constitute at least 80 academic hours and it can last for a maximum period of one year. A signed application for the grant must be submitted before the beginning of training. Separate applications should be submitted for each training course.
In order to obtain the grant, the company is required to have paid the employer’s unemployment insurance premium for at least two years during the three-year period prior to submitting the application. The employment contract of the employee (who is subject to the training which the grant is being applied for) must remain valid for at least six months after submitting the application.
Employers can choose relevant training programme compliant with the Adult Education Act or compile a suitable training programme in cooperation with a training institution. The programme for the training should comply with the Continuing Education Standard, and at the end of the course the trainer must issue a certificate or a qualification document to the participants.
Employers choose Estonian language training depending on their own needs. Should it be necessary to organise training for employees for the Estonian language proficiency examination, then the designated trainer should have the corresponding licence. Trainers with an activity licence can be found on the website of the Language Inspectorate.
In order to determine the most suitable way for your employees to study Estonian, it might be helpful to contact the Integration Foundation.
The training grant compensates the training costs, transport costs related to participation in the training and wage costs in the rate of minimum hourly wage for the time the employee participates in the training. We will compensate up to 80% of the total cost, but no more than 2000 euros per employee.
The training grant is de minimis aid (DMA). If the DMA ceiling has been reached, the training grant will be paid as a State aid block exemption.
More information on de minimis aid and State aid can be found on the Ministry of Finance website.
If approved, the training grant is paid on the basis of an expense report, which must be presented with copies of the relevant cost statements and the certificate or notice issued to the employee upon the completion of the training.