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Employment services for newcomers

The City of Helsinki has special employment services that focus on newcomers to the country, providing guidance and combining work opportunities with Finnish language instruction.

Helsinki Skills Centre

The Helsinki Skills Centre offers rehabilitation, education and employment services to newcomers. The TE employment office and social services staff refer customers to the Helsinki Skills Centre where they receives a skills evaluation and a plan to develop their competences and language skills. Afterwards, the customer will be directed torward a vocational workshop, Finnish language workshop or work coaching.

More information: Helsinki Skills Centre

Finnish language training

The customers of the City’s employment services can participate in Finnish language training free of charge. The training consists mainly of practical working-life Finnish, and it is organised by the Helsinki upper secondary school for adults and Helsinki Vocational Adult Institute. Training is also organised in workshops and workplaces. Those working for a City employer in a work try-out or pay subsidy position can also enrol for language training.

More information: Finnish courses for employment service customers,

Pay subsidy work through work try-outs and language training

Immigrants are offered their own operating model that combines work try-outs, pay subsidy work and Finnish language education. During the work try-out and the following pay subsidy work, a sufficient level of Finnish will be achieved to study for a Finnish language degree or find employment.

More information on work try-outs and pay subsidy work with the City.

International House Helsinki

International House Helsinki (IHH) is a one-stop shop for people who have just arrived in the country. During a single visit, anm IHH cutomer can register as a resident with the population register, get a personal identity code for using services, sign up to receive a tax card and tax number, apply for an identity card or a Kela card from a social benefits agency or receive employment guidance. In addition, IHH serves companies and employers with questions related to the international workforce and their recruitment.

IHH offers their services to all international residents who have recently moved to the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The employer service operates throughout the whole Uusimaa region.

Help with public services can also be found via the Service Advisor App on the IHH website. It helps the customer find the right authorities and advises which documents the customer needs to take with them on their visit. The Service Advisor App can be found on the service’s website (

The development of the International House Helsinki service is part of the At Work in Finland project entity, which is being implemented by the Cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa; the Uusimaa ELY Centre and TE Office; the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce; the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) and Moniheli ry. The project is party funded by the European Social Fund and the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council. The service was started in December 2017 with a pilot coordinated by the City of Helsinki. In addition to the City’s immigrant information services, the pilot participants included the Local Register Office of Uusimaa, the Finnish Tax Administration’s and Kela’s In To Finland service, the Uusimaa TE Office, the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce and the Finnish Centre for Pensions.

More information:
International House Helsinki (IHH)
Project Manager Elina Nurmi, Helsinki City Executive Office’s Economic Development Division, +358 (0)40 621 4790 email: elina.nurmi(at)

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