The Finnish government aims to create a state-owned enterprise that would employ around 1,000 people with partial capacity for work.
The objective of the company – which the government proposes to call Työkanava (roughly translated as Work Channel) – is to help people with limited employment prospects due to disability or illness and to help them find a way in the labor market.
During a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon, the Minister of the Economy and Employment, Tuula Haatainen (SDP), said government parties submitted the proposal to parliament.
“The right and the opportunity to work according to one’s ability is important not only for people with partial working capacity, but for Finnish society as a whole,” said Haatainen. “From this group of people, Työkanava will be able to employ the most disadvantaged people, whose employment prospects have not yet improved significantly despite different measures and services. ”
The company is based on a similar model – called Samhall – which has been operating in Sweden for several years.
The Finnish government aims to start rolling out the company’s operations in stages from next year, once the project receives the green light from Parliament.