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Prevention of unemployment


Lisatud 31.01.2017 | Uuendatud 21.03.2017

We will start providing services aimed at prevention of unemployment on 1 May 2017. These services are targeted to employeese who need support in changing jobs or remaining employed due to a lack of skills or their skills being outdated, as well as to employers to support them in finding and training suitably skilled workforce and restructuring their companies.

The new services are as follows:

  • a degree study allowance for an employed person or a person registered as unemployed for obtaining vocational, professional higher education or Bachelor's studies;
  • labour market training with a training card for employed persons at risk of unemployment;
  • support for obtaining qualifications for employed persons who have undergone labour market or other training with the support of the training benefit;
  • a training grant for employers for improving the skills and knowledge of their employees upon their recruitment and helping them to adapt to changes in the employer's economic activities.

Degree study allowance

Starting from 1 May 2017 this allowance is paid to employed and unemployed persons who have trouble finding work due to insufficient or outdated education or skills or who are at risk of losing their job.

The allowance is paid upon commencing vocational, professional higher education or Bachelor's studies in a state-commissioned study place.


Support for obtaining qualifications

Support for obtaining qualifications enables an employed person to have costs related to obtaining evidence of formal qualifications compensated. The costs are compensated after 1 May 2017 if you have  passed the examination in the three-year period prior to the exam and:

  • you have completed respective labour market training arranged by the Unemployment Insurance Fund or
  • you have completed the training, for which your employer has obtained a training grant from the Unemployment Insurance Fund..

Training grant for employers

Starting from 1 May 2017 employers can apply for a training grant from the Unemployment Insurance Fund to

  • recruit new employees and
  • train employees upon changing circumstances.

The training grant can be granted to private firms (legal persons governed by private law), sole proprietors who operate as employers and local government authorities.



  • August


    The supervisory board of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund tasks the management with working out the measures aimed at prevention of unemployment.

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