Learning by Doing

Vocational education and training (VET) is popular among young people in Finland. Over 50% of young people applying to secondary level studies choose VET. At present there are 134 VET providers in Finland, but the number will decrease in the near future.

The vocational upper secondary qualification provides the skills necessary for practicing a vocational occupation and eligibility for studies at polytechnic and university levels. The completion of a vocational upper secondary qualification usually takes three years for young people and less for adults with work experience.

From 1st of August 2015 onwards the qualifications has been defined in competence points. Competence points are based on ECVET recommendation and its description of ECVET point.

The competence points allocated to the units of learning outcomes are determined on the basis of the scope, complexity and significance of the related learning outcomes in relation to the vocational skills requirements and the objectives for learning outcomes attached to the whole qualification.

A vocational upper secondary qualification requires 180 competence points (= 180 ECVET points). The qualification consist of vocational units (135), common units (35) and free choice units (10).

Along with this change, the learning outcome based approach in learning and teaching is strongly emphasized in vocational education and training in general Finland.

We like to learn by doing!

Raseko aims to develop diversified learning environments for the students where on-the-job –learning can be done in co-operatives, Young Entrepreneurs or One Year as an Entrepreneur –programmes or in companies. Studying and on-the-job –learning in Raseko is very flexible and can be adjusted to a student’s personal needs. We in Raseko like to learn by doing!

On-the-job –learning and
skills demonstration

On-the-job –learning is work-based studying where the student learns the practical skills included in the qualification. On-the-job –learning is minimum of 30 out of 180 competence points.

At different stage during their training in initial VET, students demonstrate the skills they have learned in tests arranged as either practical work situations or as practical assignments. These skills demonstrations assess how well the student has achieved the competences needed in the labor market. The skills demonstrations are monitored by the teacher or/and workplace instructor at the on-the-job –learning placement.

The aims and assessment criteria of the skills demonstrations are determined in the core curricula issued by the National Board of Education. The tests are devised and implemented in co-operation with business, industry and other employers.

Studying in Raseko

– The scope of a vocational upper secondary qualification is 180 competence points, which is usually completed in three years.

– At minimum 1/6 of the studies is on-the-job –learning, depending on the qualification.

– Students who have completed a vocational upper secondary qualification can apply for admission to a university or applied sciences.

– For adults we can offer further and specialist qualifications in different study areas.

– School year starts in August and ends in May. Summer holiday lasts for 10 – 12 weeks in June – August.