Working and entrepreneurship

The purpose of this training is to help you accommodate to Estonian society through acquiring knowledge about living, working and doing business in Estonia.


In the course of the training, the most important topics will be discussed that everyone coming to work in Estonia, wishing to find a suitable job or do business here could benefit from knowing in order to cope successfully in Estonia.

The following topics will be discussed, among the rest:

  • The legal bases for living in Estonia
  • How to find a suitable job and where to get help with that
  • Labour mobility within the European Union
  • The labour law, the employee’s rights and duties in an employment relationship
  • The structure of Estonian tax system
  • The fundamentals of unemployment insurance and health insurance
  • Estonian work culture
  • The structure of Estonian pension system
  • Opportunities for in-service training
  • Opportunities for starting a business
  • The associations of entrepreneurs and top-level specialists in Estonia
  • Work-related and business-related services for foreigners

After completing the work and entrepreneurship module, you will:

  • know the legal bases for living in Estonia and know where to find additional information if needed;
  • have an overview of the free movement of workers and the possible labour market services;
  • know the most important aspects of the labour law and know where to find help and additional information if needed;
  • have an overview of the tax duties of employees and businesspersons;
  • know how Estonian unemployment insurance and health insurance functions;
  • be familiar with Estonian work culture;
  • know the relevant organisations in the domain of work and business;
  • have an overview of work and business related services offered to foreigners and know where to get additional information about those.
Training Methods

The training day is structured on the basis of the specifics of adult learning. The classes have a very practical nature, a significant part of them consisting of single and group exercises as well as discussions.

For example, the topic of Estonian work culture includes the model of cultural differences, discussed through a practical exercise. In the course of that exercise, you can assess how much Estonian work culture differs from your own work culture and what specifics you should keep in mind when communicating with Estonians in order to accommodate better to Estonia.

After the training, you will be able to take part in an event arranged by some work-related or business-related organisation, if you so wish.

In summary, the training day will provide you with ample opportunities to immediately apply your new knowledge in practice, to ask questions and to get answers to your questions. You will be in constant discussion with both the trainers and other participants throughout the training and you will have the opportunity to exchange experiences with other recently arrived foreigners and to hear what situations others have encountered and how they have solved any issues.

Training Materials

You will receive a voluminous folder of training materials, encompassing all the topics discussed at the training and providing comprehensive answers to most of the questions that foreigners coming to work in Estonia, wishing to find a job or do business here usually have.

Structure of the Training Day

The training lasts for 1 day (8 hours) and its general schedule is as follows:

10:00 – 11:45

First set of topics

11:45 – 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 – 13:45

Second set of topics

13:45 – 14:30

Lunch break

14:30 – 16:15

Third set of topics

16:15 – 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00

Fourth set of topics and wrap-up

The training day ends with a summary, during which you can ask questions about any topic that may have remained unclear for you or about which you wish to get more information. Thereafter, you will have the opportunity to highlight the most important things that you will remember from the training day.

You will also receive the necessary contact data where you can turn to with any questions you might have after the training.

The training’s organisers will offer coffee, tea and snacks to the participants during the training day. There is also a dining place near the training place that you can use if you wish to have lunch.

For more information about the work and entrepreneurship module, please contact the trainers:

Last modified: Thursday, 8 February 2018, 11:27 AM