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Supported study programmes


Lisatud 21.03.2017 | Uuendatud 27.09.2018

If you cannot continue in your current position due to your health status, you can choose a study programme that helps you to remain employed.

In other cases, the Unemployment Insurance Fund supports study programmes that prepare you for the professions in which there is a growing need for workers and the demand for workforce exceeds supply according to the OSKA applied research surveys on sectoral needs for labour and skills conducted by the Estonian Qualifications Authority.

The list of supported programmes opens in the Excel spreadsheet here: SUPPORTED PROGRAMMES

Supported basic occupations can be found in the table below. The following areas will be added according to OSKA studies.


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 

  • software analysts, architects
  • software developers (support for professional higher education or Bachelor's studies only)
  • ICT systems analysts and architects
  • ICT systems developers and managers, electronic engineers, telecommunications engineers

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
  • client worker for people with mental health problems

Metal and engineering industry

  • engineers
  • service technicians and mechatronics
  • 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
Apparel, textile and leather industry
  • engineers
  • technicians
  • constructors
  • technologists

Education and research

  • special educators
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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