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Apprenticeship training

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

In apprenticeship training, vocational studies are studied at the workplace and supplemented by theoretical studies at an educational institution of the field. The share of theoretical education is 0–5 days per month depending on the qualification, previous education and work experience.

An apprenticeship can be used to complete all upper secondary level vocational qualifications: basic degrees, further vocational qualifications and specialist vocational qualifications. They fulfil the general eligibility criteria required by universities of applied sciences and universities. Completing a degree takes on average 1 to 3 years.

An apprenticeship is a fixed-term employment contract between an employer and a student, during which the company pays salary to the student in the amount specified by a collective agreement. A discretionary training compensation can be paid to the employer.

Entrepreneurs can study through the Entrepreneur’s apprenticeship training. In this case, the apprenticeship agreement is concluded between the entrepreneur and the Apprenticeship Training Office of Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute.

Both young people and adults can study for a profession through apprenticeship training. Competence is demonstrated by vocational skills demonstrations implemented at the workplace by doing real tasks.

In Helsinki, apprenticeship training is organised by Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute.

Do the following

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

To whom and on what terms

Anyone age 15 and older who has a job or who is an entrepreneur can start apprenticeship studies. The employment relationship can be an existing one or one that is about to start through a recruitment process.

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

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceEducation Division, Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Education Division, Helsinki
Updated: 23/5/2022