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Recruitment training grant


Lisatud 21.03.2017 | Uuendatud 05.05.2021

Recruitment training grant can be applied to for train employees for specified main professions. These are the main professions that will be of growing importance in the coming years and already lack skilled workers according to the OSKA research surveys (carried out by the Estonian Qualifications Authority) on sectoral needs for labour and skills.

The total volume of the employee’s training plan must be at least 50 academic hours in total for the duration of up to one year. The total volume of the training programme may include auditory and practical lessons and independent work. The application for each training must be submitted via the online platform of the Unemployment Insurance Fund prior to the start of training. The application for each training is submitted separately.

In order to receive the grant, the employer must first search for suitable candidates via the Unemployment Insurance Fund and publish a job advertisement on the fund’s website. Information on publishing a job advertisement can be found here. If you cannot find a suitable employee among the candidates registered at the Unemployment Insurance Fund, you can find them in another way. You can apply for the grant to train employees found both via the Unemployment Insurance Fund and in some other way.

Concluding an employment contract without a term or for the duration of at least six months with the employee is a requirement for applying for the grant.  The application must be submitted within 4 months from the employment of the employee.

We will generally compensate up to 80%, but no more than EUR 2500 per employee. If you find an employee through the Unemployment Insurance Fund among the people registered as unemployed, we will compensate up to 100% of the costs, but no more than EUR 2500 per employee.

The training grant is de minimis aid (DMA). If the maximum DMA amount has been reached, the training grant will be paid as a state aid block exemption and in the amount of up to 50%, but no more than EUR 2500 per each employee listed in the employer’s application.

A total of up to EUR 2500 in training support is paid to an employer for the training of the same employee over a period of three years across all of the support options (recruitment of employees, changes in the company, development of Estonian language skills and ICT skills). If the employer has received training grants before, the amount per employee may be lower.

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 attestation issued to the employee upon the completion of the training programme. The invoice for the training programme must be issued to the employer and all expenses pertaining to training of employees shall be paid at first by the employer.

In you should have any questions, please write to koolitustoetus [ä] tootukassa [dot] ee

A detailed list of main professions can be found in the table ‘ISCOs of supported main professions’ next to this article. You can check which jobs belong under the main professions and which are the main tasks in these professions. The table is based on the International Standard Classification of Occupation (ISCO). The explanations are based on 4-digit ISCO codes. For instance, the profession of care worker in the field of social work covers both health care facilities and in-home care. The list of main professions is updated in accordance with the latest OSKA studies.

Example: A new timber industry undertaking is searching for employees. The company publishes a job advertisement on the Unemployment Insurance Fund website, but cannot find any suitably skilled workers. However, the company is willing to employ some candidates and train them. The employer prepares a suitable training programme in cooperation with a vocational education institution and submits an application to the Unemployment Insurance Fund to obtain a training grant. Since all employees were found through the Unemployment Insurance Fund, the fund will compensate 100% of the training costs, but no more than EUR 2500 per employee.

You can apply for the recruitment training grant to train employees for the main professions listed in the following table.


Supported professions

(the main professions in which there is a growing need for workers and the demand for workforce exceeds supply)

Information and communication technology 

  • ICT-competent executives
  • electronics engineers
  • software analysts and architects
  • software developers
  • ICT systems analysts and architects
  • ICT systems developers and managers
  • telecommunications engineers
  • electronics technicians
  • manufacturing operators (including assembly and wire-binding assembly operators)

Forestry and timber industry

  • harvester operators
  • forwarder operators
  • timber lorry and chipper drivers
  • production managers
  • timber structure designers
  • product developers
  • furniture technologists
  • technical drawers
  • production equipment technicians
  • builders and manufacturers of wooden houses (including hand-crafted log houses)
  • timber construction builders
  • CNC bench operators
  • line operators


  • financial controllers
  • accounting analysts
  • development managers

Social work

  • care workers
  • support workers
  • client workers for people with mental health problems

Metal and engineering industry

  • sales and marketing executives
  • supply managers
  • production managers
  • engineers (technology; production systems, CAD/CAM, product development, mechatronics, mechanics, maintenance, ship, welding, prototyping, quality, production et al.)
  • maintenance technicians and mechatronics engineers
  • CNC Machine Tool setters and operators
Chemical, rubber, plastic and building material industry
  • industrial engineers
  • industrial machinery and machinery mechanics
  • industrial equipment and machinery installers
Energy and mining 
  • mining engineers
  • electrical and energy engineers
  • industrial engineers
  • energy and electrical engineering technicians, Manufacturing Operators and Managers
  • electricians
  • mechanics and locksmiths


  • care workers
  • nurses
  • pharmacists


  • building automation technicians
  • engineers
  • flat roofers
  • builders of constructions (builders of wooden structures, construction carpenters)
  • work managers
  • water system and indoor climate technicians

The agriculture and food industry

  • service technicians and mechatronics
  • industrial engineers

Transport, logistics, sales and repair of motor vehicles

  • shipping electrical engineers
  • transportation and logistics manager, specialists
Personnel, administrative work and business consultation
  • medical secretary
  • career services specialists
Apparel, textile and leather industry
  • engineers
  • technicians
  • constructors
  • technologists
Education and research
  • speech therapists
  • speech educators
Accommodation, catering and tourism
  • chefs
The culture and creative industries
  • sound technicians
  • lighting technicians
  • video technicians
  • sound technologists
  • audiovisual technicians and support specialists
Water, Waste and Environmental Management
  • water supply and sewerage engineers
  • water treatment operators
  • water system and sewer technicians in water management
  • waste management machine and bench operators
  • hydrologists

Real Estate Services and Facility Maintenance
  • facilities managers and technical facilities managers
  • real estate managers
  • facility servicemen
  • cleaning managers

Internal Security
  • security and fire protection systems installers
  • fire safety specialists
Financial sector
  • risk managers
  • anti-money laundering (AML) specialists
  • compliance officers
  • know your customer (KYC) experts
  • customer support specialists
  • analysts
  • product owners
  • product managers
Did you know ...
the main professions are jobs that resemble one another and require similar vocational skills and education. The Unemployment Insurance Fund supports study programmes for professions in which there is a growing need for workers and where the demand for qualified workforce exceeds supply. The Unemployment Insurance Fund does not support professions for which the education system already provides a sufficient number of workers.


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