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Training grant for developing employees’ proficiency in information and communication technology (ICT)

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Lisatud 29.12.2020 | Uuendatud 13.08.2021

The training grant to develop employees’ ICT proficiency can be applied for by legal persons governed by private law, sole proprietors who operate as employers, and local government authorities.

The volume of the training must be at least 50 academic hours and the programme may last up to one year. The application for each training grant must be submitted via the online platform of the Unemployment Insurance Fund before the commencement of the training programme

In order to obtain the grant, the company is required to have paid the employer’s unemployment insurance premium for at least 24 months during the three-year period prior to submitting the application. The employment contract of the employee (for whom the grant is being applied) must be without a term or remain valid for at least six months after submission of the application.

In order to train employees, employers can choose a training programme that complies with the Adult Education Act or compile a suitable training programme if no such programme is provided on the market. The training programme must comply with the Continuing Education Standard and the participants must receive a certificate or attestation at the end of the programme.

When planning the trainings, we recommend taking a look at the study ‘OSKA ülevaade valdkonnaspetsiifiliste IKT-oskuste vajadusest’ (OSKA overview of the need for field-specific ICT skills) carried out by SA Kutsekoda in 2020, which can be accessed here

The training grant reimburses the employer for the training costs and, at the request of the employer, covers the allowance for the hours the employee attended the training in the amount of minimum hourly wage valid at the time of the training allowance decision. It is also possible to reimburse travel expenses of an employee participating in a training programme if it takes place abroad. We will compensate up to 80% of the total costs, but no more than EUR 2500 per employee.

The training grant is de minimis aid (DMA). If the maximum DMA amount has been reached, the training grant will be paid as a state aid block exemption and in the amount of up to 50%, but no more than EUR 2500 per each employee listed in the employer’s application.

A total of up to EUR 2500 in training support is paid to an employer for the training of the same employee over a period of three years across all of the support options (recruitment of employees, changes in the company, development of Estonian language skills and ICT skills). If the employer has received training grants before, the amount per employee may be lower.

If approved, the training grant is paid on the basis of an expense report, which must be presented with copies of the relevant cost statements and the certificate or attestation issued to the employee upon the completion of the training programme. The invoice for the training programme must be issued to the employer and all expenses pertaining to training of employees shall be paid at first by the employer.

Should you have any questions, please write to koolitustoetus [ä] tootukassa [dot] ee

Examples of employees’ need for ICT skills:

  • introduction of new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software
  • introduction of new 3D engineering software in designing
  • skilful use of BIM technology for model-based design of buildings, management of project information, and coordination of activities
  • introduction of new 3D design and automation software in a production facility
  • knowing and programming machine and robot systems
  • introduction of data analysis software, business analysis and data visualisation environment
  • filling in digital patient care records.
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