Employers can apply for a training grant from the Unemployment Insurance Fund to
- recruit new employees,
- train employees upon changing circumstances,
- train a worker who has been previously registered as unemployed for 12 consecutive months within one year of the start of employment,
- develop employees’ Estonian language proficiency.
The training grant can be granted to legal persons governed by private law, sole proprietors who operate as employers and local government authorities.
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. The person signing the application must be a member of the management board or an authorised individual. In the case of the latter, a copy of their authorisation document (which does not need to be notarised) must be appended to the application.
In order to train employees, the employer can choose a training programme that complies with the Adult Education Act or compile a suitable training programme in cooperation with a training institution. The training programme must comply with the Continuing Education Standard and the participants receive a certificate or notice at the end of training.
The decision to pay the training grant will be made by an evaluation committee based on the application.
The training grant compensates the employer's
- 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 generally compensate up to 50% of the total 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.
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.
The requirements of the training grant will be introduced to you by the employers’ consultant, whose contact details can be found here. You can submit an application for a training grant and send an expense report via the Unemployment Insurance Fund self-service portal, by e-mail or at one of our offices.The necessary forms can be found in the information box to the right of this article. If you have any questions, e-mail koolitustoetus [ä] tootukassa [dot] ee.