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Training programmes supported


Lisatud 21.03.2017 | Uuendatud 24.01.2018

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

If your Estonian language skills are insufficient for occupational development and your income was lower than the median wage, you can participate in Estonian language courses.

If you do not have professional or vocational education or are over 50 years of age and your income was lower than the median wage), you can participate in:

  • training programmes in the information and communication technology: computer use, web and database design and management, software and application development and analysis.
  • labour market training which supports employment in 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.

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 

  • ICT-competent executives
  • electronics engineers
  • software analysts and architects
  • software developers
  • ICT systems analysts and architects
  • ICT systems developers and managers
  • 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
  • support workers

Metal and engineering industry

  • engineers (technology; production systems, CAD/CAM, product development, mechatronics, mechanics, maintenance, ship, welding, prototyping, quality, production et al.)
  • maintenance technicians and mechatronics engineers
Chemical, rubber, plastic and building material industry
  • industrial engineers
  • industrial machinery and machinery mechanics
  • industrial equipment and machinery installers
  • CNC Machine Tool setters and operators
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
  • 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
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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