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Our work

Perhevapaalta työelämään (From Family leave to Working life -project) is a nationwide project funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The project is coordinated by the Uusimaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.

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Coaching for parents – for free

Our main goal is to create means for a smoother transition from family leave to working life (or closer to it). We offer coaching services for parents who may have some insecurities regarding returning or moving to work. The coaching sessions focus on a variety of topics, including careers, personal skill-sets, job search and work-life balance. Our previous work was rated highly by the participants, who reported that the coaching helped them to find the right steps towards returning to work. Whether you hold a doctoral degree or degree not at all you are warmly welcome regardless your background!

Registration open until end of June 

Our new courses have begun in the early autumn of 2021. You can sign up until summer of 2022 from here. After registration you will be contacted in a week by the coach. The coaching sessions are available in multiple languages including Finnish, Swedish, Sami (in Lapland), English, Arabic, Russian, Somali, Kurdish (Kurmanji and Sorani), Persian and Mandarin Chinese.


The solution-oriented coaching focuses on parents' resources and future opportunities. We provide both group (10 hours) and individual coaching (16 hours). The individual sessions are tailor-made for each parent's needs. The group meetings are a great way to build networks, meet other parents and get peer support.


The coaching services are offered in the regions of Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Kuopio, Oulu and Lapland (remotely). The schedule is flexible and the sessions are offered both face-to-face and remotely.

From Family leave to Working life -coaching

You can read more about the coaching in your area or go directly to sign up below. Sign up before end of June!

Network collaboration across borders

In addition to coaching, the project develops the services that families are offered locally, and raises awareness on different channels of support for parents. Together with our collaborators (such as state administration, NGO's and family centres), we brainstorm and develop even better ways to provide services and support to families.


Our passion is to find ways to create a more family-friendly working life in Finland!

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Support and information

Our third goal is to share advice and information with families, employers and our collaboration partners. Follow our blog and social media channels to stay up to date on the family-friendly work we do in Finland!

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Our team

Our team of five at Uusimaa ELY Centre is passionate about the well-being of families.

You can reach our team by e-mail perhevapaaltatyoelamaan@ely-keskus.fi .

Saija Enqvist

Saija Enqvist

Project Manager

" Together we are more "


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Mikko Moilanen

Mikko Moilanen

Project Coordinator

"You can learn from everything"


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Tomi Majuri

Tomi Majuri

Project Planner

" Do your best - that's enough "


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Emilia Virtanen

Project Planner

"Towards new with an open mind"


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Pauliina Sohlo

Pauliina Paija

Project planner


"Joy is found from the little everyday things"


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