Integration training for immigrants
- Nationwide except the Åland Islands
- Public service
The TE Office will direct you to integration training if you are an unemployed job-seeker aged 17 or older and the training corresponds to your abilities and skills and supports your integration and employment-related goals.
The TE-Office may advise you to take a language level test first before you are directed to integration training. Even though you may not speak Finnish or Swedish yet, the level test will assess what kind of integration training is best for you.
The aim of integration training is to help you acquire sufficient
- cultural and
- life management skills.
This will enable you independently to carry out daily routines such as shopping and dealing with authorities, to enter working life or take up skills development training or professional studies.
Integration training includes Finnish or Swedish language training, which may also involve the recognition of your prior learning or your degree. The aim of language learning is that after completing integration training your Finnish or Swedish language skills are at level B1.1.
You will learn about working life during work experience phases and you will also have an opportunity to obtain different permits and cards required in working life such as an Occupational Safety Card or Hygiene Passport.
The aim of the TE Office’s reading and writing skills courses (ABC course / LUKI course) is that you acquire basic Finnish or Swedish language reading and writing skills so that you can later move on to, for example, integration training courses.
Do the following
To find integration training courses for immigrants, go to a service called Haussa oleva työvoimakoulutus ('Labour market training search'). If you are wondering whether you can participate in integration training, please contact your local TE Office.
To whom and on what terms
The primary target group of integration training is those immigrants who have lived in Finland for less than three years and who are unemployed job-seekers or who are about to become unemployed.
The service is free of charge.