Support for work capacity and employment

In connection with the regional government reform the responsibility for organising labour force and business services will be transferred to counties in 2020 in addition to health and social services.

The service paths for the support for work capacity and the services for those with partial work capacity most difficult to place in work are updated in connection with the regional government, health and social services reform. The purpose is to ensure the ability to use the range of means available in the service system in a client-oriented and profitable manner.

Work capacity coordinator builds networks and tailors services

Work capacity coordinators trained in the Career opportunities for persons with partial work ability (OTE) key project will work in all counties.

Work capacity coordinators are employed by health and social services, municipalities, educational institutions and organisations.

A work capacity coordinator is an expert in health and social services and TE services who cooperates with the client in tailoring an entity of services, benefits and other support that corresponds to the client's needs.

Trained work capacity coordinators participate in the preparations for the regional government, health and social services reform. They are involved in creating network-based services within the counties and functional client and service counselling for the working-age population.

Paths for treatment and rehabilitation, models for employment and increasing involvement

In addition, 12 trial projects around Finland are seeking workable solutions for the support of work capacity and finding employment for those with partial work capacity most difficult to place in work.

The trial projects will create models that can be used for purposes such as emphasising the transition from work activities to employment and students' entry into the labour market after their studies. The projects also develop means for strengthening the involvement of people unable to enter the workforce.

Some of the trials also ensure seamless service paths to treatment and rehabilitation for persons with partial work capacity already employed or aiming to find employment.

In the future, the service package for the support for work capacity will be tailored according to the individual needs of each county.

An electronic learning environment that supports building smooth service paths will also be developed for professionals. The learning environment will be added to the online service, which includes all information about the support for work capacity, and the services, support and benefits for the employment of persons with partial work capacity.


Päivi Mattila-Wiro, Project Manager, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163 467, [email protected]