Work try-out TE Office

A work try-out will give you an opportunity to explore your vocational choices and potential career paths through real work experience.

During a work try-out, you can learn about working life, different job tasks and professional fields and get help with suitability assessment. A work try-out will help you clarify your career plans. It can also be used to help you return to work after a long break. You are eligible for a work try-out, e.g. if:

  • You have no vocational education.
  • You need to change fields either for health reasons or due to a structural change 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.

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

A work try-out is not employment, and you will receive the same benefits 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 benefit 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 work try-out. If you do not receive it from the payer of the unemployment benefit, the TE Office can pay a discretionary expense allowance.

The TE Office, trainee and organiser of the work try-out will agree on the duration of the work try-out (up to 6 months), working days (1-5 days) and daily working hours (4-8 h) taking into account the trainee’s objectives for the work try-out.

A work try-out does not require unemployment of any duration. You can have a work try-out if you are a job-seeker registered with a TE Office 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.

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At the work try-out, you will be assigned tasks that are new to you. A work try-out may only be provided for a profession or position you have worked in before if you have been outside the labour market for a long time. In this case, the work try-out is used to support return to work. A work try-out can for example be organised for recent graduates to gain work experience in their own field.

If you want to explore your interest in and suitability for a certain position or profession, please contact the TE Office through the E-Services or discuss the matter with your dedicated expert or the TE Office’s psychologist who will provide you with guidance. You can find a work try-out place yourself; for tips, go to the E-Services.

If you are a job seeker at the TE Office, the work try-out will be agreed on in your employment plan drawn up with you (or in a plan replacing it) so that the unemployed job-seeker can be paid increased unemployment benefit for the duration of the work try-out, for up to 200 days. A replacing plan can be an activation plan, integration plan or multi-sectoral employment plan. A work try-out may be organised even though it has not been agreed on in the plan, but the trainee does not then have the right to increased unemployment benefit.

Languages: Finnish and Swedish
Producer: TE Office
Cost: free of charge

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