Local government pilot on employment

The local government pilots on employment will begin on 1 March 2021 and end on 30 June 2023. During the pilot projects, certain duties of the state-run Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE Offices) are transferred to municipalities. Porvoo is one of the municipalities participating in the pilots. 

The local government pilots on employment aim to increase employment among unemployed jobseekers and direct them to training and education more effectively. Another objective is to create new solutions to ensure the availability of skilled labour. The pilots make it possible to more effectively coordinate employment, social and health services for the benefit of customers. 

Pilot project customers include all residents of Porvoo who:

  1. are unemployed jobseekers, employed or enrolled in a service promoting employment services and are not eligible for earnings-related unemployment allowance
  2. are under the age of 30, regardless of whether they are receiving labour market subsidy, unemployment allowance or earnings-related unemployment allowance
  3. do not speak Finnish, Swedish or Sami or are immigrants, regardless of age and unemployment benefits.

Customers are assigned to the pilot project by the TE Office

The TE Office will notify all affected customers about the transfer with a personal letter, and the transfer does not require any action on the part of the customer. 

During the pilot project, jobseekers will continue to register as normal with the TE Office, which will then transfer customers who are in the target group of the pilot project to the municipality. Pilot project customers will continue to receive TE Services from the municipality for the duration of the pilot project.

Personal career coach to support jobseeking

Customers participating in the local government pilot will be assigned a personal career coach who will provide them with advice on services. The services provided by the municipality are available to customers participating in the local government pilot and can still be applied for directly. The services provided by the municipality are also available to customers of the TE Office who are not participating in the local government pilot.

The TE Office will continue to handle some tasks in regard to customers transferred to the local government pilot project, such as the issuing of statements on unemployment benefits.

How to register as an unemployed jobseeker 

Start by registering as an unemployed jobseeker with the TE Office via E-services. The TE Office will then transfer you to the local government pilot project. 

Be sure to always report the following changes via E-services:

  • any changes in your contact information or situation, such as starting a job or studies
  • contact requests to your designated worker.

Register as an unemployed jobseeker (form)

What happens if I move to another municipality during the pilot project?

There are several municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. If you move to a municipality that is not participating in the pilots, you will be transferred back to the TE Office. In other cases, you will be transferred to the pilot project of your new municipality of residence.

All the municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment are listed on the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment’s website.