If the labour administration participates in the organisation of the employee training, it is considered labour policy training, or so-called joint purchase education. This means, that in addition to the Employment and Economic Development Office, one or several companies can participate in the acquisition and planning of the training. In this case, the labour administration covers a part of the costs. In this case, the need for training must be based on labour policy: improving the availability of work force, promoting the operational preconditions of the employee, lengthening the careers, securing employment, and preventing unemployment.
However, personnel training that is the responsibility of the employer, such as introductory training or general maintenance of the professional skills, cannot be funded as joint purchase education.
The term joint purchase education covers three different service products that complement each other and are directed at different needs.
Recruitment Training is suitable when professional employees are not available for the needs of a company, and other kinds of education are not likely to produce the required experts. The training usually takes 3–9 months and at least 10 training days.
Precision Training is vocational basic or additional training customised for the needs of a certain company and its employees. It is also suitable for various temporary lay-offs. The minimum length is 10 training days per student.
The employer may help employees laid off for financial or production-related reasons to find a new profession or job by offering them the Change Training. This type of training can be even used to support employees who have been temporarily laid-off until further notice. The duration of the training varies from 10 days to two years. Usually, the preparatory training takes 1–3 months, and the vocational training 3–9 months.