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Peer work

Peer work is aimed at lowering the threshold for finding employment. Peer work trains jobseekers looking for their first job or unemployed jobseekers who are returning to working life after a long period of unemployment.

The background for this good practice is that quite a lot of competence and good work ability is required even in workplaces that employ people through a pay subsidy. There are no workplaces in which it would be possible to try out working at one's own pace and with guidance.

Implementation of the good practice 

Peer work gives the client the opportunity to try working in a safe environment. Peer work is based on a project.

  • The project facilities are the client's model workplace
  • The project teams and personnel are the client's model work community and
  • The work tasks carried out in the project are the model work tasks for the client. 

The client participates in carrying out the work tasks as a peer worker in the project personnel. The work tasks are tailored so that they are suitable for the client. The content and the complexity of the tasks are still similar to normal work tasks.


  • The client finds employment after the peer work period.


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

Further information on the project:

Structural Fund Information Service S20680
Priority axis 5. Social inclusion and combating poverty
Specific objective 10.1 Improving the ability of those outside employment to work and function