Published: 23 September 2015

Number of new students in vocational training 120,700 in 2014

According to Statistics Finland's education statistics, a total of 120,700 new students attended education leading to a vocational qualification in 2014. Of the new students, 48,300 studied in curriculum-based education aimed at young people leading to an initial vocational qualification, 34,500 in preparatory initial vocational education for a skills examination, and 37,900 in further vocational education (further and specialist vocational qualifications). There were six per cent more new students than in the previous year.

New students in vocational education by field of education and gender in 2014

New students in vocational education by field of education and gender in 2014

Thirty-eight per cent of the new students studied in the field of technology and transport, 19 per cent in the field of health, welfare and sports, and 18 per cent in the field of business economics and administration. The shares of men and women among the new students were almost equal. The fluctuation in the shares of men and women viewed by fields of education was, however, large. In the field of health, welfare and sports, the share of women was 83 per cent and in the field of technology and transport it was 19 per cent.

In the calendar year 2014, a total of 321,700 persons were studying in vocational education leading to a qualification.

There were 170,000 students in curriculum-based basic vocational education provided by educational institutions in 2014. Since 2013, data on the number of students in education for young people have been available both for the calendar year and for the autumn cross-sectional point on 20 September. On 20 September 2014, there were 129,100 students in education for young people. There were two per cent less of them than in the previous year.

There were 101,800 students in preparatory education for a skills examination provided by educational institutions. There were 12 per cent more students than in the year before. Of the students, 54,700 studied in preparatory initial vocational education for a skills examination, and 47,100 in further vocational education.

There were 49,900 students in apprenticeship training in 2014. The number of students was three per cent lower than in the year before. Of the students, 500 studied in curriculum-based education aimed at young people leading to an initial vocational qualification, 19,700 in preparatory initial vocational education for a skills examination, and 29,700 in further vocational education.

Qualifications from vocational education 2010–2014

Qualifications from vocational education 2010–2014

Altogether, 72,000 students completed a vocational qualification in 2014. Curriculum-based basic vocational education qualifications numbered 37,100, examinations in preparatory initial vocational education for a skills examination totalled 16,100, and qualifications in further vocational education amounted to 18,800. The number of attainers of vocational qualifications was four per cent higher than in the previous year. Fifty-three per cent of them were women. More than half, 56 per cent, of those who attained qualifications studied in the fields of technology and transport, or in health, welfare and sports. Seventeen per cent of the qualifiers were apprenticeship students.


Source: Education. Statistics Finland

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Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 23.9.2015

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Vocational education [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-1986. 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.6.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/aop/2014/aop_2014_2015-09-23_tie_001_en.html