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Finnish language training for customers of the Employment Services

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

The City of Helsinki organises free Finnish language training for Employment Services’ customers. The training consists mainly of practical working-life Finnish.

The training is organised by Helsinki Upper Secondary School for Adults (Helsingin aikuislukio) and Helsinki Vocational Adult Institute (Stadin aikuisopisto). Training is also organised at workshops and workplaces. You can access training through a language skill assessment, guidance or briefing.

When you start your pay subsidies work (palkkatuki) or work trial (työkokeilu) at the City, you will get an invitation to a briefing. At the briefing, you will get more information about working for the City and you can register for training. If you are customer of the Youth Employment Service (nuorten työllisyyspalvelu) or the Adult Employment Service (aikuisten työllisyyspalvelu) and you are not taking part in a work trial or subsidies work, ask your own advisor or trainer for more information.

If you are doing a work trial or pay subsidies work for someone other than the City of Helsinki, and your employer is getting Helsinki benefit (Helsinki-lisä), you can also take part in the training offered by the City.

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: 23/5/2022