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Organising a work trial at a workplace

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

A work trial is a service for the promotion of employment, during which a person considering their professional options will make career choices by working at a workplace. A work trial is not an employment relationship, and no salary will be paid for its duration. It will also not accrue annual holidays or pension. Usually the person participating in a work trial receives unemployment benefits and expense allowance.

The duration of the work trial varies, as personal situations and the objectives of the trial are very different. The work trial aims to find answers to the following questions:

  • The applicant does not have vocational education or training, or they are planning to change fields or occupations. Is the new field or occupation of interest to the applicant, and is a certain field or occupation possible?
  • The applicant has the required competence and is interested in becoming an entrepreneur. What does it mean to run an enterprise in practice, and does the applicant have the required characteristics?
  • The applicant has been outside the job market for a long period, for example, while being unemployed or on family leave. Does the applicant’s competence need updating?
  • The applicant has previously worked outside Finland. What are the applicants’ qualifications for finding employment and what kind of services are necessary?

The duration of a work trial may not exceed 12 months – however, you cannot continue a work trial with the same employer for more than six months. If the work trial is organised by a municipality, it may last for 12 months but you cannot continue in the same assignment for more than six months.

The daily and weekly working hours of the work trial may also vary depending on personal situations. Usually, a contract of 1–3 months suffices. The work trial may at the most take place on five days a week and 4–8 hours a day. If the work in question usually includes shift or weekend work, the work trial may also involve such hours.

The work trial can be organised by

  • a company
  • a private entrepreneur
  • a community (such as a municipality or association)
  • a foundation or a state institution
  • a workshop

Do the following

Inform the TE Office about the possibility to arrange a work trial either in the E-services or by telephone, or send an e-mail to the TE Office.

Describe the task in question. Provide a clear and detailed description of the work duties available to a person interested in the field or profession, or planning a return to work, as well as the working environment on offer. Include information on transport connections to the work place, as well as the working hours.

As the participant will not have an employment contract, and the objective of the trial is not to gain work experience, you will not be able to impose competence requirements on the possible participant.

Mention the need to present an extract from the criminal records if the work trial involves work with children or young persons (Act on Background Checks 2002/504).

The TE Office will check the notice before it is published, and request additional information if needed, or inform you if the possibility to arrange a work trial is denied.

If the advertised work trial has not led to a work trial contract within three months, and the TE Office or the employer offering the trial has not removed the notice, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the persons listed as responsible for the work trial in the employer’s information. The e-mail will ask you to inform the TE Office whether the offer of a work trial is still valid, and whether there are any changes to the information you have previously provided. If the provider of the work trial does not reply within 14 days, the work trial notice will be removed automatically.

Before the start of a work trial, a written agreement will be concluded by the TE Office and the work trial provider. The agreement specifies the work trial's objectives and tasks, total duration and the daily and weekly hours, and the person responsible for supervising the trial at the workplace. The TE Office will confirm that the person representing the trial provider is authorised to sign the contract from the Trade Register, the Register of Foundations or the Register of Associations. The employer informs the shop steward at the workplace about the contract.

To whom and on what terms

The TE Office will guide and supervise the work trial, and also assess whether the work trial can provide the employer with such advantages that could distort competition between companies and private entrepreneurs. A possible distortion of competition prevents the work trial.

A work trial can be organised, if you as the employer, before completing the contract for a work trial, have offered work to employees whose contract has been terminated, or who are temporarily laid off or working part-time.

If you, as the employer, are negotiating terms of temporary dismissals or termination of contracts, or you have provided your employees with a provisional statement in accordance with the Employment Contracts Act or a corresponding report on dismissal, the work trial will not take place until it is apparent whether the negotiations will lead to redundancies, temporary dismissals or part-time employment relationships, and what the extent and duration of such dismissals will be.

The employer’s obligation to offer work also involves municipalities as organisers of a work trial. A work trial can, however, be organised at a workshop of a municipality or a community of municipalities, or a similar training unit, if the person participating in the work trial will try out assignments which the municipality does not give out to its own employees working under an employment contract, and to which the employer’s obligation to offer work does not extend in accordance with the Employment Contracts Act. The same principles apply to a workshop run by a foundation or association, or a similar training unit.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byTE Office
Other responsible organisationsPirkanmaa TE Office, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Pohjanmaa TE Office, Häme TE Office, Etelä-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Uusimaa TE Office, Kaakkois-Suomi TE Office, Pohjois-Karjala TE Office, Etelä-Savo TE Office, Keski-Suomi TE Office, Kainuu TE Office, Satakunta TE Office, Pohjois-Savo TE Office, Lapland TE Office
Responsible for the serviceTE Office
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: TE Office
Updated: 6/5/2020