Vocational education and training
A vocational qualification provides good capabilities for working life. Vocational studies in Finland can either lead to a qualification or be in the form of further education or continuing education needed in different career stages.
Vocational qualifications are offered in Finnish and Swedish in eight different educational fields.
There are different application channels for young people and adults. A young person who is finishing basic education or general upper secondary education mainly applies through the joint application held in the spring. Adults who do not hold a vocational qualification may also apply through the joint application to vocational education. Study programmes included in the joint application are only offered in Finnish or Swedish. There is also preparatory education for vocational training available for immigrants. The preparatory programmes take approximately one year to complete. Read more about preparatory education.
For those who already have a qualification, or has gained skills and know-how through work, vocational education is mainly arranged as competence-based qualifications. In addition to basic degrees, there are also vocational qualifications and specialist vocational qualifications available for adults. A person who wishes to complete a competence-based qualification is usually required to have a job where the professional skills required for the qualification can be proven.
There are a few vocational qualifications offered in English. Application for the study programmes usually takes place directly through the educational institutions. The education provider decides on the admission criteria. You can find more information on the educational institutions’ own web pages.
Vocational upper secondary qualifications, vocational qualifications and specialist vocational qualifications all give eligibility for higher education studies.