Article | Last updated: 2008-06-11 | Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Labour market measures are one of the most important policy instruments aimed at promoting a well-functioning labour market. Labour market measures aim at contributing to increased participation in employment, reduced unemployment and combating exclusion by helping people with problems on the labour market to find work and become active.
Labour market measures aim at improving the individual’s chances of finding employment through qualification and work training. The measures can be divided into the following categories: follow-up measures, job-finding measures, work experience, training, temporary jobs and work permanently adapted to the individual needs.
The prioritised target groups are people with impaired work capacity, the long-term unemployed, youth, long-term recipients of social security benefits, immigrants (including new arrivals taking the introduction programme), and people who are no longer entitled to ordinary unemployment benefit. Some measures are reserved people with impaired work capacity.
Labour market measures are offered on the basis of an individual assessment of each individual’s need for assistance in finding employment.