Working life-oriented Finnish language training

The aim of the training is to improve the Finnish language skills required in work tasks by the immigrant participating in the training. The aim is also the rapid employment of the immigrant when the threshold for the employer to employ the immigrant becomes lower.

The model for the Finnish language training was tailored in cooperation with the Kaiku project, Pohjois-Karjalan koulutuspalvelu Oy, Riveria, the ELY Centre for North Karelia and the TE Office.

Implementation of the good practice 

The working life-oriented Finnish language training is individual training. The objectives, content, method of implementation and duration are tailored separately for each student based on the needs of the workplace and the student's language proficiency. The observations made by the instructor also contribute to the content of the training.

The working life-oriented Finnish language training has also been used in connection with work try-outs, employment funded through a pay subsidy, rehabilitative work activities and apprenticeship training to promote the client's further plans and employment. The training is functional and also suitable for those whose study skills are poor for other reasons. There is no required starting level for the client's language proficiency; the training can be launched when the client has found a job or one of the above-mentioned services.

The procurement for the training has been arranged so that Pohjois-Karjalan sosiaaliturvayhdistys ry administrating the Kaiku project procures the training for those asylum seekers who cannot participate in labour market training. This means that the asylum seeker does not need to wait for the residence permit to be granted before being accepted to training. Once the residence permit has been granted, he or she can continue the same training.


  • This flexible and practical language training is suitable for all occupational fields.                                                  

How to take advantage of the good practice

In future, this practice can be used easily as part of integration training, for example.


Raisa Lappeteläinen, North Karelia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, tel. +358 259 026164, raisa.lappetelainen (at)

Web site: Tietoa Kaiku-hankkeesta (, in Finnish)

Further information on the project:

Structural Fund Information Service S20708
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