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Apprenticeship training

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In apprenticeship training the vocational studies are conducted at the workplace and supported by theoretical studies. Theoretical studies consist of studies in a vocational institution from 1 to 5 days a month, depending on prior education, degree and working experience.

All the upper secondary level vocational degrees can be obtained by apprentice training, including specialized degree training. Apprenticeship training takes from 1 to 3 years in total. Apprenticeship studies qualify students for further studies at universities.

Apprenticeship training is a fixed-term contract between the employer and the student. During apprenticeship training, the trainee will be paid a salary according to collective labour agreement. The employer will receive training compensation.

Apprenticeship training can also be based on a fixed-term written contract between an official and the employer, namely apprenticeship training for officials. Entrepreneurs can study in apprenticeship training by engaging in apprenticeship training for entrepreneurs. In this case the contract will be concluded between apprenticeship unit in the Helsinki vocational college and the entrepreneur.

Both young people and adults can study in apprenticeship training. Trainees demonstrate their skills through their work performance, and they are evaluated directly by their performance in the workplace.

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The parties to an apprenticeship training agreement are the student, the employer and the educational institution.

Background information

All vocational qualifications can be completed by participating in apprenticeship training. It is suitable for both young people and adults.

Vocational further education and training organised as apprenticeship training is usually intended for those who already have education, training or work experience in their field and who wish to complement, extend or deepen their competence. Competence acquired through apprenticeship training can be demonstrated in a competence-based qualification.

Apprenticeship training is mainly provided on the workplace, and the student has an employment relationship or a public-service employment relationship with the employer. Training provided on the workplace is complemented with theoretical studies, which are mainly organised by vocational institutions and adult education centres.

Basic information

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Responsible for the serviceCity of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: City of Helsinki
Updated: 6/11/2021