The Finnish model for vocational and professional learning supports the 2030 Agenda for SDGs. There are matching elements for all 17 strategic development goals.
An open ecosystem
The Finnish TVET system has flexible intake criteria, the goal being to provide personal study paths for all. It comprises of 160 tracks built on 4000 modules. The training providers are publicly financed and often owned by municipalities. Training is a service to individuals living and working in the region. All training providers have strong relationships with the private sector. Joint activities include eg. development projects and re/upskilling of staff. The focus is on economically sustainable regions.
Livelihood and jobs
TVET provides the means to provide for yourself as a professional with the capacity for lifelong learning. Job creation through entrepreneurship is also a key focus of Finnish TVET.
No dead ends
In Finland, TVET opens a path to higher education, further professional diplomas and working life. Part-time diploma programs support private sector growth and provide the employers with competent work force.
Competency-based and standardized curricula
The national-level curricula is devised by education sector and industry. Students study both compulsory and elective modules. Assessment is competence-based.
Built in flexibility
Learning takes place in school, at work and through projects. All learners have a personal competence development plan outlining where and how learning and assessment takes place. TVET caters to the needs of the workforce by offering part-time programs upskilling also those with an academic degree.
Work-based learning contracts
All training providers have close ties to companies in their region. Work-based learning is outlined in learning contracts signed by the student, teacher and company representative. Teachers support and monitor the implementation of the contracts, while the company nominates a mentor who is responsible for induction and co-supporting learning.