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Finnish language support in vocational education and training

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  • Helsinki
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You can improve your Finnish language skills while learning a profession at Helsinki Vocational Adult Institute (Stadin aikuisopisto).

You can undertake

- Finnish as a Second Language (S2) -supported preparatory training for a competence-based qualification (S2-tuettu näyttötutkintoon valmistava koulutus)

- S2-orientation training (S2-orientoiva koulutus)

- in preparatory training for a competence-based qualification (näyttötutkintoon valmistava koulutus) together with Finnish-speaking students.

In S2-supported training, students learn a profession and professional Finnish. This training is suitable for you if your mother language is not Finnish and you need more Finnish studies.

In S2-orientation training, students will learn professional Finnish and some vocational skills during their first year. This training is suitable for you if your language skills are not yet sufficient for vocational studies. The aim is that your Finnish language skills improve during the orientation period. After that, your studies continue in preparatory training for a competence-based qualification.

You can also get Finnish language support if you are undertaking preparatory training for a competence-based qualification together with Finnish-speaking students.

Completing the competence-based qualification costs 58 euros. Otherwise, the training is free of charge. Students must usually buy their own work clothes and equipment. You can apply for training on the Helsinki Vocational Adult Institute website.

To whom and on what terms

The service is free of charge.

The necessary study tools are also free of charge for students whose compulsory education includes secondary education. A student’s compulsory education includes secondary education if the student completed grade 9 of comprehensive school in spring 2021 or later.

Background information

Vocational education and training refers to vocational upper secondary education and training and vocational further education and training that lead to a qualification. Vocational upper secondary education and training leading to a qualification is intended for young people and adults.

In addition to their educational institution, students in vocational education and training acquire competence at the workplace and in online learning environments. Each student studies according to their own study plan and individual leaning needs. On-the-job learning is supported for example with apprenticeships. Application and completion of studies is flexible and studies can be completed in a shorter time than previously. Young people and adults are provided the same education and training services. Vocational education and training provide students with the competence and skills they need to apply for higher education studies.

Vocational education and training is provided by municipalities, joint municipal authorities, organisations, foundations or state enterprises that have an authorisation granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

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: 26/5/2022