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Vocational education and training

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  • Helsinki
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In vocational education and training, you can complete a vocational upper secondary qualification, further vocational qualification, specialist vocational qualification or a part of a qualification, as well as short training courses and further education. Studies can be carried out alongside work, in the form of apprenticeship training, as labour market training or personnel training.

A personal competence development plan (PCDP) is prepared for each student. The plan takes into account the previously acquired competence of the student and details what kind of competence the student needs and how it is acquired in different learning environments. Competence is demonstrated through real working life production and service tasks.

The City of Helsinki organises vocational education and training at Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute. Vocational education and training is also organised at private vocational institutions.

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 languageFinnish
Text edited by: Education Division, Helsinki
Updated: 25/5/2022