9.2.2017

Statistics of the month: Most apprenticeship students are adult learners

Developing apprenticeships and apprenticeship training is one of the political priorities in the European Union. Finland has been encouraged to increase the number of apprenticeships.

In Finland apprenticeship training is less common than for example school-based vocational education and training. Circa 17 per cent of all vocational qualifications are completed as apprenticeship training.

Mature women eager to choose the apprenticeship option

The proportion of men and women taking apprenticeships is nearly equal. In 2015 about 55 per cent of apprenticeship students were women. The proportion of women is, however, growing, particularly in the older age groups. The proportion of women in the age group 55-59 was over 69 per cent. A majority of students under 20 years of age were men.

The majority, 81 per cent, of all apprenticeship students were over 25 years of age. The proportion of students over 25 was particularly common in the cultural sector (87 %) as well as the social sciences, business and administration sector (87 %). The lowest proportion could be found in the natural resources and the environment sector (56 %).

The specialist qualification in management has remained popular from year to year. In 2015 however, the vocational qualification of practical nurse became one of the most popular qualifications in apprenticeship training. Altogether 1 155 qualifications were completed. The number of completed qualifications in practical nursing has been on the rise despite the decline in the overall number of students and qualifications completed.

Developing apprenticeships and apprenticeship training is one of the political priorities in the European Union. Finland has been encouraged to increase the number of apprenticeships.