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Training grant for employers


Lisatud 21.03.2017 | Uuendatud 27.07.2017

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.

The training must constitute at least 80 academic hours and it can last for a maximum period of one year. 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 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 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 starting from 1 May 2017 via the Unemployment Insurance Fund self-service portal, by e-mail or at one of our offices. If you have any questions, e-mail


Training grant upon changing circumstances

You can apply for a training grant upon changing circumstances starting from 1 May 2017, if your employees’ skills need improving due to restructuring of the company, implementation of new technology or an update to qualification requirements. We support training programmes that assist the employee in adapting to change. (The list of professional fields is not limited.) A committee will assess whether the training is justified.


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