The HERIEC (Helsinki Region Immigrant Employment Council) was visioned by City of Helsinki, Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, HERA (Helsinki Education and Research Area) and other partners. The HERIEC service model aimed in answering to the existing needs and improving the employment of international talents. In addition, HERIEC aimed in improving the competitiveness of the Helsinki region by creating services that help companies in finding and employing educated immigrants.
HERIEC service model’s development started on January 1, 2014 with HERIEC pilot project. The pilot project was funded by the European Social Fund and the City of Helsinki and it continued until spring 2015.