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Recruitment training grant


Lisatud 21.03.2017 | Uuendatud 14.07.2020

You can apply for the recruitment training grant to train employees for the 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 on sectoral needs for labour and skills. New sectors and professions will be added as the respective OSKA research surveys are completed.

Employer can plan different trainings as a whole for employee’s training plan which must last at least 80 academical hours in total and up to one year. Application for each training must be applied separately. A signed application for the grant must be submitted before the beginning of training.

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. The Unemployment Insurance Fund will offer you suitable candidates for the job from among those registered as unemployed. If you cannot find a suitable employee among our candidates, you can find them in another way. You can apply for the grant to train both employees found via the Unemployment Insurance Fund and those found in another way, but you need to prove that you have searched for suitable candidates via the fund 

Entering into an open-ended employment contract with the employee or for at least six months is a requirement in applying for the grant. When recruiting a new employee, the contract must be signed, but the date of starting work must be later than the date of the application. On the date of submitting the application, the employee must be registered in the employment register.

In general, we compensate up to 50% of the costs, but no more than 1,250 euros per employee. The training costs of employees who are over 50 years of age, lack vocational education, have insufficient Estonian language skills or suffer from health problems will be compensated up to 80%, but no more than 2,000 euros per employee. If you find an employee through the Unemployment Insurance Fund among registered as unemployed, we can compensate up to 100% of the costs, but no more than 2500 euros per employee.

However, if you hire a person to the specified main profession of the industry who has been previously registered as unemployed for 12 consecutive months, we will compensate up to 100% of the costs, but no more than 2,500 euros per employee within one year of the start of employment.

In order to train an employee who has been previously registered as unemployed for 12 consecutive months, choose the application form Recruitment training grant in the box to the right of this article. In the previously mentioned case, the employer can apply for the grant within one year of the beginning of the contract. In this case, the employee's profession marked on the application does not have to correspond to the main professions of the industry.

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.

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 are covered under the main professions and their primary tasks in the table. The table is based on ISCO (International Standard Classification of Occupation). 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 facilities and in-home care.

Example: A wood industry start-up searches 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 2,500 euros 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
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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