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Training grant for employers

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Lisatud 21.03.2017 | Uuendatud 31.05.2018

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,
  • for developing employees’ Estonian language skills from 1st of June 2018.

The training grant can be granted to 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. 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@tootukassa.ee

 

Recruitment training grant

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.

The training must constitute at least 80 academic hours and it can last for a maximum period of one year. A signed application for the grant must be submitted before the beginning of training.

Training grant upon changing circumstances

You can apply for a training grant upon changing circumstances if your employees’ skills need improving due to restructuring of the company, implementation of new technology or an update to qualification requirements. The training must constitute at least 80 academic hours and it can last for a maximum period of one year. A signed application for the grant must be submitted before the beginning of training.We support training programmes that assist the employee in adapting to change. (The list of professional fields is not limited.) An evaluation committee will assess whether the training is justified.

When does the employer have to fully refund the training grant?

Training grant in case of employee recruitment:

The employer must return the full amount of the training grant if an employee's employment relationship is terminated on the employer's initiative before six months has passed from the employee's commencement of work, or if the employment relationship of an employee who has been unemployed for at least 12 consecutive months before starting to work is terminated on the employer's initiative before six months has passed from the date of submission of an application unless the employee has their employment contract terminated under subsection 1 of section 88 of the Employment Contracts Act.

Did you know ...

Did you know that upon the completion of the training programme, the Unemployment Insurance Fund will also compensate costs for obtaining qualifications? Read more: Support for obtaining qualifications

 

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