Briefly in English


Apprenticeship training is a form of education that serves employer’s, entrepreneur’s ja employee’s needs. It is organized in cooperation with working places and educational establishments. 

Apprenticeship training leads to same vocational qualifications, further vocational qualifications and specialist vocational qualifications than the education which is taught in educational establishments. More information about qualifications is found on the National Board of Education website or apprenticeship training office.

Apprenticeship contract can be made to person who already works for the employer, or to a new employee. Contract is based on a contract of employment of a definite duration. The contract shall be governed by collective bargaining agreement that defines the terms and conditions of employment (salary for example).

An entrepreneur can also educate himself through apprenticeship training. Then the contract between entrepreneur and apprenticeship training office is based on contract of education – not on collective bargaining agreement. Minimum working hour/week is 25.

Apprenticeship training is open to anyone who at the time of signing the contract has reached the age of 15. There is no upper age limit.

The period of study is from 1 month up to 3 years depending on the qualification. The education proceeds by an individual study program. The apprentice may spend all of his training time in the workplace. Training at work can be supplemented with theoretical studies in education establishments.

More information: The Finnish National Board of Education