Pre-vocational programmes

Versatile and flexible study tracks have been developed for the transition point between basic education and upper secondary level. They are aimed at supporting successful transitions from one level to the next as well as endorsing the continuity of students’ lifelong study tracks.

Prior to starting education leading to an upper secondary vocational qualification, students may apply for pre-vocational programmes preparing for vocational studies, where necessary.

The curriculum for the preparatory programmes (in Finnish)

Preparatory instruction and guidance for VET – VET Start

This education is directed at young people without a clear idea of their career choice or without sufficient capabilities to apply for or cope with vocational studies. Each student studies in accordance with his or her individual study plan. The scope is 20–40 credits (40 credits correspond to one year full-time study).

Rehabilitative instruction and guidance for the disabled

This programme allows students to develop their competencies, acquire capabilities required in vocational studies, working life and independent living and clarify their future plans. The aim is for
students to achieve the best possible capabilities for independent living, education and training or work by the end of the programme. The scope of preparatory instruction is defined individually in each student’s own individual educational plan.

When the objective is to move on to upper secondary vocational studies, the scope of the programme is 20–40 credits (40 credits correspond to one year full-time study), but for special reasons it may even be as much as 80 credits. The scope is 40–120 credits when completion of a vocational qualification is too demanding an objective and the aim of the programme is to prepare participants directly for work and independent living.

Preparatory education for immigrants

This education is intended for immigrants and people of immigrant origin who already have basic proficiency in the language of instruction. Its objective is to provide immigrants with capabilities to move on to programmes leading to upper secondary vocational qualifications by improving their basic proficiency in the language of instruction (Finnish or Swedish) and other skills required for vocational studies. A further objective is to increase their knowledge of the Finnish learning and working culture. At the same time, students also learn about different occupations and vocational studies and receive support to retain their own native language and cultural identity. An individual study plan is drawn up for each student. The scope is 20–40 credits (40 credits correspond to one year full-time study).

Course in home economics

Courses in home economics provide students with capabilities and practical skills required to manage their everyday lives and households. The course prepares students for further studies and it can be adapted according to a specific VET field and in a student-focused manner. The scope is 20 credits (40 credits correspond to one year full-time study).