Coaching in small groups

Coaching in small groups is suitable for job seekers who require additional support in finding their path to employment. The jobseekers participating in the small group find their strengths, are empowered and get closer to the job markets.

Implementation of the good practice

The peer support and personal coaching in the small group help clients find a study or employment path that is suitable for them and supports their personal needs. The size of the small group is four clients and one group leader. The topics of the meetings are activities and are planned together. Each participant takes part within the limits of his or her capabilities, so the service is based on service design and client-oriented activities. The activities are then interesting to the participants and they take part actively as they do not find that they have been forced to it by the 'authorities' or 'the system'.

Because the group is small, getting from one place to another is easy. The small size of the group also makes individual guidance possible. The group spirit forms easily in small group coaching as the participants learn to know each other quickly. At the same time, a safe environment is created for experimenting with new skills. Something new, different from the normal daily activities should be done in the small group. In the group, unemployed jobseekers are given time and room to reflect on what would promote their employment prospects.


  • 75% of those who participated in small groups have found employment for at least 4 months
  • Some of the participants have completed work try-outs and some have started new studies
  • Only one person has quit small group coaching
  • Participants are committed to the activities
  • The physical condition of the participants has improved: those who participated in the gym group set up by us lost on average more than 3 kg during two months.                            

How to take advantage of the good practice

The activities are easy to make a part of rehabilitative work activities or activation models. The operation only needs an active leader, whereas separate facilities or additional investments are not necessary.


Tuomas Koskela, North Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, tel. +358 295 038 506, tuomas.koskela(at)

Further information on the project:

Structural Fund Information Service S20665
Priority axis 3. Employment and labour mobility
Specific objective 6.1 Promoting the employment of young people and those in a weak position in the job market