Concept for the employment of people with partial work capacity

The Programme for persons with partial work capacity has ended, and these pages are no longer being updated.

Although there is a wide variety of tools for supporting people with partial work capacity in remaining employed and gaining employment, they are currently used in a fragmented, discrete manner.

With the right measures, the problems caused by partial work capacity or its practical significance can be mitigated or entirely eliminated.

In order to make it possible for people with partial work capacity to work, an entity comprised of all the available benefits, services and other tools must be formed. This will ensure that any remaining work capacity can be put to good use.

Concept in a nutshell

  • The concept applies to people with partial work capacity, both within and outside the workplace.The employer or Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) appoints a work ability coordinator to support the person with partial work capacity.
  • Working together with people with partial work capacity, the coordinator plans and customises various tools (services, aid, benefits) to create an entity specifically tailored to meet each person's needs, thus allowing them to continue working or gain employment.
  • The concept specifies the actors which are responsible for the initiation, running and successful completion of the process.
  • The applicability and suitability of the concept are being tested in pilot projects. These were launched at the beginning of 2014.

Range of tools

Tools for allowing people with partial work capacity to gain employment or continue working can be divided into six main categories, which contain dozens possible custom-tailored combinations.

  • Tools in the workplace
  • Health care and social services
  • Rehabilitation
  • Education
  • Employment services
  • Social welfare

Six main categories of the range of tools and their available alternatives:

A public electronic service and information portal, which contains up-to-date information on all available services and benefits, will be established in support of the concept. Planning of the electronic service begun in the spring of 2014.

Why should employers adopt the operational concept?

Thanks to timely, customised measures, people with partial work capacity can stay on the job. In many cases, simply offering workplace accessibility or working arrangements make it possible to continue working.

Work disability incurs substantial costs for companies. Adoption of this programme can reduce these costs.

Good practices for maintaining work capacity and a culture of caring also affect the workplace atmosphere and occupational well-being and, in turn, the employer's image. A workplace where the people feel good is an attractive one.

Further Information

Project Manager Raija Tiainen, tel. +358 (0)295 163 610,

Further information