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Work try-out

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

To find out about career choices and career options, you can get to know the world of work through a work try-out. A work try-out can also help you return to work after a long break.

A work try-out can be related to the career field you want to pursue or you can do it in a field you are not familiar with yet. In this case, the try-out can be arranged in a workshop where you can try out different types of tasks.

A work try-out is not employment, and it does not create expenses for the organiser. During the work try-out, you are entitled to the same unemployment security as when you are unemployed. If you have agreed to a work try-out in your employment plan or a plan replacing it, your unemployment security can be increased. This will be decided by the party paying the unemployment benefit – that is, by the unemployment fund or Kela.

You may apply for an expense allowance for the duration of the labour market training. If you don’t receive expense allowance from the payer of the unemployment benefit, the TE Office or local government pilot can pay a discretionary expense allowance.

You agree on the length of the work try-out (maximum six months), weekly working days (1–5) and daily working hours (4–8 hours) with an expert of the TE Office or local government pilot and the organiser of the try-out. Your goals will be taken into account when these are agreed.

Acceptance for a work try-out does not require unemployment of any duration. You can be accepted for a work try-out if you are a job seeker registered with a TE Office or local government pilot or a user of the vocational guidance services. Also, your vocational training or level of education will not affect the organisation of the work try-out. If you have no vocational training, the work try-out will be mainly aimed at finding a suitable education or training option.

A work try-out may be organised by a company, entrepreneur, municipality, joint municipal authority, other corporation, foundation or government agency or institution. A private individual may not act as the organiser of a work try-out. A workshop may organise a work try-out when it can provide it in a genuine work environment.

Do the following

If you want to explore your interest in and suitability for a certain position or profession, please discuss it with an expert of the TE Office or local government pilot or TE Office’s psychologist who will provide you with guidance. You can get a work try-out place yourself. You can get tips on places in the E-services of TE Services.

To whom and on what terms

You can participate in a work try-out in the following situations.

  • You have no vocational education.
  • You need to change sectors due to health reasons or structural changes in the labour market.
  • You have been out of work for a long time either due to prolonged unemployment or e.g. due to family leaves.
  • You are considering becoming an entrepreneur and want to explore your interest in and suitability for running your own business.

You must familiarise yourself with new tasks during the work try-out. If you have been away from employment for a long time, work try-out can be provided for a profession or position you have worked in before. In this case, the work try-out is used to support return to work. If you have recently graduated, you cannot take part in a work try-out in your field to gain work experience.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byTE Office
Other responsible organisationsVarsinais-Suomi TE Office, Keski-Suomi TE Office, Pirkanmaa TE Office, Pohjanmaa TE Office, Lapland TE Office, Häme TE Office, Pohjois-Karjala TE Office, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Uusimaa TE Office, Etelä-Pohjanmaa TE Office, Kainuu TE Office, Pohjois-Savo TE Office, Etelä-Savo TE Office, Kaakkois-Suomi TE Office, Satakunta TE Office
Responsible for the serviceTE Office
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesSwedish, Finnish
Text edited by: TE Office
Updated: 12/8/2022