Published: 27 September 2017

Number of new students in vocational training 125,600 in 2016

According to Statistics Finland's education statistics, a total of 125,600 new students attended education leading to a vocational qualification in 2016. Of the new students, 47,100 studied in curriculum-based education aimed at young people leading to an initial vocational qualification, 38,600 in preparatory initial vocational education for a skills examination, and 39,900 in further vocational education (further and specialist vocational qualifications). There were three per cent more new students than in the previous year.

New students in vocational education by field of education (Finnish Standard Classification of Education) and gender in 2016

New students in vocational education by field of education (Finnish Standard Classification of Education) and gender in 2016

Twenty-seven per cent of the new students studied in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction, twenty-one per cent in the field of services, and twenty per cent in the field of business 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 and welfare, the share of women was 83 per cent and in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) it was ten per cent.

In the calendar year 2016, a total of 327,700 persons were studying in vocational education leading to a qualification.

There were 161,100 students in curriculum-based basic vocational education provided by educational institutions in 2016. 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 2016, there were 120,400 students in education for young people. There were three per cent less of them than in the previous year.

There were 115,800 students in preparatory education for a skills examination provided by educational institutions. There were six per cent more students than in the year before. Of the students, 67,800 studied in preparatory initial vocational education for a skills examination, and 48,000 in further vocational education.

There were 50,800 students in apprenticeship training. The number of students was three per cent more than in the year before. Of the students, 700 studied in curriculum-based education aimed at young people leading to an initial vocational qualification, 17,300 in preparatory initial vocational education for a skills examination, and 32,800 in further vocational education.

Qualifications from vocational education 2010–2016

Qualifications from vocational education 2010–2016

Altogether, 74,700 students completed a vocational qualification in 2016. Curriculum-based basic vocational education qualifications numbered 36,000, examinations in preparatory initial vocational education for a skills examination totalled 18,700, and qualifications in further vocational education amounted to 20,000. The number of attainers of vocational qualifications was almost the same as in the previous year. Fifty-four per cent of them were women. Almost half, 46 per cent, of those who attained qualifications studied in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction, or in business and administration. Seventeen per cent of the qualifiers were apprenticeship students.


Source: Education. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Soile Lampinen 029 551 3446, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 27.9.2017

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Vocational education [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-1986. 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 18.10.2017].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/aop/2016/aop_2016_2017-09-27_tie_001_en.html

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