Eligibility requirements for applicants under 25 years

If you are 17 years of age, unemployed, and do not have vocational qualifications, you can be paid labour market subsidy only for periods of participation in employment promoting measures.

Obligation to seek education

If you are between 18 and 24 years of age, unemployed, and you do not have vocational qualifications, you are obliged to apply for a place of study. Apply to study on a programme that will start next autumn, lead to an exam and improve your vocational skills.

If you do not apply for a place of study, if you turn down an offer of a place of study or if you have dropped out of your studies, you may lose your entitlement to unemployment benefits until further notice. Your entitlement to unemployment benefits will be is restored, when you

  • have completed a vocational qualification
  • during a minimum of 21 calendar weeks been in employment that fulfills the work requirement, participated in employment promoting services, studied on a full-time basis, or you have been primarily self-employed or independently employed.
  • turn 25 years old.

Even if you have lost your entitlement to unemployment benefit until further notice, you can get unemployment benefits for periods of participation in employment-promotion services .

If you do not have vocational qualifications, you must complete a 5-month qualifying period to be eligible for labour market subsidy.

Who monitors study applications?

The TE Services check if you have applied for a place of study. Kela receives this information from the TE Services and will pay you unemployment benefit provided that the requirements are met.

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