Helsinki Skills Center
- Public service
You can apply to services provided by the Skills Center via the Employment and Economic Development Office or social services.
At the Helsinki Skills Center, your skills will be assessed to evaluate your education and competence. A plan will be drawn up for you, detailing how you can develop your competence and language skills.
After the competence assessment, you will be guided to the next step.
Your options are:
- Vocational workshops where you will learn professional skills and Finnish vocabulary in your own professional field. The vocational workshops include, for example, construction workshops, nursing workshops, and engineering and metalwork workshops.
- Finnish language workshops where you can study the language while learning about the different study options.
- Job coaching (työelämävalmennus) where you can get help in finding or starting a job. You can get support in various languages, including Arabic, Somali and English.
To whom and on what terms
You can participate in services provided by the Helsinki Skills Center if you
- are over 17 years old
- live in Helsinki
- are a client at the Employment and Economic Development Office (TE-toimisto) or the social services (sosiaalitoimisto).
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.
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.